Directions Magazine’s Editor in Chief Joe Francica Appointed GEO Huntsville Lead by Mayor Tommy Battle

Huntsville, Ala., June 20, 2012—Huntsville, Alabama Mayor Tommy Battle announced the formation Monday, June 18th, of GEO Huntsville, an economic development and jobs collaborative among area businesses, academic institutions, and governments utilizing geospatial technologies. Joe Francica, a 30-year geospatial professional and the editor-in-chief and vice publisher of Directions Magazine, has been tapped to lead the new GEO Huntsville initiative. “The advantage and attractiveness of Huntsville is considerable when you see so many companies doing similar types of work in the region,” said Francica. “We look forward to identifying who is doing this work and looking for ways we can collaborate on projects.”

Why: More than 50 private companies, 25 government entities and three universities are among a growing number of organizations engaged in geospatial applications in Huntsville and North Alabama. “Huntsville may be familiar with geospatial technologies through Intergraph, which has been a pioneer and a global leader in this field for decades,” said Mayor Battle. “Yet, we also use these technologies extensively in City Hall. OurGIS Department has a full-timeGPS crew that uses this technology to collect and analyze data on everything from storm water features to traffic signage. We use it in our planning department to determine land use, flood plain mapping and environmental protection, and we are even using it to help historic groups map the original Trail of Tears.”

Key areas of Focus for GEO Huntsville: Earth observation and the commercial space industry; geospatial intelligence (GEOINT); and software development of geographic information systems, building information models and 3D visualization.

Upcoming GEO Huntsville Conference (formerly the Rocket City Geospatial Conference): November 8 & 9, 2012

Conference Location: Davidson Center for Space Exploration, 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville Alabama

Related Press Announcements: Huntsville Times; WHNT TV; Huntsville Newswire

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