WGL-ASPRS Indiana "Spotlight Series" Event Recap

The Western Great Lakes region of the ASPRS (WGL-ASPRS)sponsored a “Spotlight Series” event in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 23rd at the Rathskeller restaurant in downtown Indianapolis. WGL-ASPRS Indiana State Director Frank Taylor, CP, Program Manager in the Indianapolis office of Continental Mapping Consultants organized the event. 
Meeting topics included Indiana State licensure status, state-of-the art discussion on aerial digital camera sensors and applications, and organizational briefs of the participating members. The group was small, the agenda loose, and the atmosphere informal  – which was viewed as a positive by those attending. Representatives from state government, large and small geospatial companies attended. We even had one representative from the Eastern Great lakes region – making this a Joint conference! The attendees agreed to  meet again next year in a similar setting.
About the WGL-ASPRS Spotlight Series

The Western Great lakes region of the ASPRS covers a large geographic area: Minnesota, Wisconsin, the UP of Michigan, northern Illinois and Northern Indiana. The large area has made it difficult to attract members to events. The twin Cities area has traditionally had the largest concentration of members, and therefore the most active participation in events – which for the most part have taken place in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. 

The Spotlight Series was developed to host smaller events throughout the region, to gain participation from our members who rarely or never attend our events. These meetings will rotate through the region on a quarterly basis, and provide networking, education, and outreach themes. 

Upcoming Spotlight Series events are planned for Madison, WI on October 14, 2011, and May 2011 in Eau Claire, WI. Other events in Illinois and the UP will follow next year. Additionally, our annual dinner is planned for February 2, 2012 at the Machine Shed restaurant in Lake Elmo, MN. Information for all of these events will be posted as soon as it is available.