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July 23, 2014
MAPPS and USGS to Host Congressional Briefing on 3D Elevation Data

Reston, Va., July 22, 2014—MAPPS, the national association for private sector geospatial firms will host a Congressional Briefing with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).


Doug Bausch, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VIII

John Dorman, North Carolina Emergency Management

Jonathan Godt, U.S. Geological Survey

What: Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. Current and precise 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision making and bolster national security. Flood and landslide maps are just a few of the hundreds of benefits from enhanced lidar data. A coordinated effort among Federal, State, and local government and the private sector could meet our country's needs for high-quality 3D elevation data in just 8 years. Come learn how the USGS and its partners are working to assemble better data to keep citizens safe and help America thrive.

Where: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, July 25, at 11:00 a.m.

USGS Announcement

Contact: Nick Palatiello, MAPPS Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs, 703-787-6996 or

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