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Curtis, Aguilar Introduce Resolution Recognizing National GIS Day

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Washington, D.C. – Today, as Geographic Information System (GIS) users around the world showcase their work, Congressmen John Curtis (R-UT) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) introduced a resolution officially designating November 16, 2022, as National GIS Day. The resolution encourages GIS users to continue to innovate and use GIS as a tool to analyze and address today’s societal challenges and drive economic growth.

“We take for granted the ability of our mobile devices to help us navigate from point to point,” said Rep. John Curtis. “Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are central to how we move ourselves and our goods around the world. We should all applaud the advancements and work of the GIS community for making everyday activities possible. I am proud to once again introduce this resolution with Representative Aguilar and recognize today as National GIS Day.” 

“Americans rely on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) every day and the advancements being made in this important field are a testament to our country’s innovation,” Rep. Pete Aguilar said. “I am proud that the Inland Empire is home to Esri, one of the world’s leading GIS companies. On National GIS Day, I applaud everyone working in the GIS field and look forward to supporting their efforts in Congress.”

Statements of Support 

“The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) commends Representatives Curtis and Aguilar for their leadership and initiative introducing the GIS Day resolution. The land surveying profession and GIS community are working hand in hand in mapping and cataloging the Nations vast infrastructure, disaster planning and recovery efforts, floodplain management, natural resources, and other important public policies for the protection and safety of the public.” — Amanda Allred, PLS, NSPS President

“Thank you Congressmen Curtis and Aguilar for introducing the GIS Day resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. Geospatial data, services, technology, and applications, many of which are portrayed and visualized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), are used by individual citizens every day on our mobile devices and in important business, government, educational institutions, and organizations and make a significant contribution to our economy and quality of life. This resolution helps bring attention to GIS and its role in infrastructure, climate and the environment, economic growth and development, and other important work performed by this community.” — John Palatiello, President and Founder, U.S. Geospatial Executives Organization (U.S. GEO)

“I want to applaud Congressmen Aguilar and Curtis for their leadership in introducing this year’s GIS Day Resolution.  This event is celebrated annually by hundreds of thousands of individuals who recognize the value of geographic information systems to the organizations they work for and the wider world.  In the federal government, agencies are leveraging GIS to understand our changing environment, develop infrastructure planning, target government funding and programs, inform policymaking at the highest levels, and engage American citizens.  Happy GIS Day!” — Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri