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2010: House Bill 169 creates Geospatial Advisory Council for Georgia with task of performing statewide geospatial audit (focus on FEMA Flood Plain notification capacity)

2010: Commendation letter for Senator Earl Carter for HB 169

2010: Compilation of federal dollars brought to Georgia via the USGS Geospatial Liaison to Georgia

2010: GISCC submits Concurrence for Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) Partnership Data Available via the Freedom Data

2010: Georgia receives $50K grant (received by the Georgia Tech Research Institute) from USGS/FGDC to develop a statewide Geospatial Maturity Assessment (GMA), supported by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC): http://www.nsgic.org/committees1/committee.cfm?cid=113

2009: Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) terminated funds for the Georgia GIS Clearinghouse.

2009: GeorgiaGIS Channel created on YouTube. Georgia Geospatial Strategic Plan completed.

2008: Georgia receives $50K grant (with 50% match from the Georgia Institute of Technology) from USGS/FGDC for 2008 National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Program/Category 3: Fifty States Initiative - Strategic and Business Plan Development.

2007: Clearinghouse funding cut ~20% by GTA. No promised funding after FY09. Clearinghouse turned off fees for imagery.

2007:  Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) produces ELA Overview

2007: GTA produces reports re: GIS in Georgia state agencies - (a) Georgia State Agency GIS Survey Synopsis (b) Georgia GIS Initiative Business Plan 2006

2006: Clearinghouse funding cut another ~20% by GTA. GTA publishes document on State of GIS in Georgia.

2005: GISCC submits “Case for a GIO in Georgia” (still pending in 2009)

2003: GSDI/Clearinghouse rebranded.

2001: Clearinghouse funding cut ~30% by GTA.

2000: The Georgia GIS Clearinghouse receives the URISA 2000 Exemplary Systems in Government Award.

2000: The new GaSDI and Clearinghouse website is available to the public online.

1999: GTA absorbed ITPC; did not establish equivalent policy for GISCC/Clearinghouse support, but continued funding the Clearinghouse via internal budget ($375K). The GISCC adopts the GISCC Policy on Committee Organization and Leadership. The Georgia GIS Clearinghouse receives over 200,000 hits per month.

1998: GIS Coordinating Committee (GISCC), formerly GISAC, is formed by the ITPC and is recognized by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) as a cooperating group in support of the NSDI. Georgia receives grant from USGS/FGDC for establishing a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Clearinghouse node in Georgia, an geospatial data inventory, and CSDGM-compliant metadata training. Clearinghouse receives Award in Computing Excellence for Intergovernmental Applications.

1997: Clearinghouse operational to the public and established as a node of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Fee-based data distribution policy established. General Assembly appropriates funding for development of 4 State GIS Base Map and partnership formed with the US Geological Survey for joint funding: Transportation, Hydrography, Boundaries, Wetlands ($300K/year for 3-years).

1996: GIS Advisory Committee (GISAC) established to coordinate base map activities for the State. GIS Data Clearinghouse formed and subcommittees organized in GISAC.

1995: DCA begins a coordinated effort to develop statewide digital orthoimagery for the State in partnership with USGS. ITPC GIS policy Statements issued calling for better GIS coordination and the development of a GIS Base Map and Clearinghouse.

In September of 1995, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) signed a statewide license agreement with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Inc for the use and distribution of ESRI’s ArcView and ArcInfo software, available to any college/university within the USG.

1994: Governor’s Executive Order establishing the membership of the Information Technology Policy Council (ITPC). SMAB dissolved.

1993: Governor’s Development Council recognizes the importance of GIS.

1990-92: The Legislative Re-Apportionment Office uses GIS and data from the 1990 Decennial Census to redistrict Georgia.

1989: State Mapping Advisory Board (SMAB) formed and later adopts first guidelines for base maps. Georgia Planning Act created with mapping requirements. Georgia GIS Information Sharing Project initiated by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Central Savannah River Area RDC.

1988: The Governor’s Growth Strategies Commission recognizes the importance of GIS.

1985: Georgia DNR, the U.S. EPA, and the USGS initiate the Comprehensive Data Management Project to
evaluate GIS for environmental decision making.

Mid-1970s: LANDSAT Satellite Imagery available. Georgia DNR develops GIS base maps.