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March 24, 2018 –

The business development team at Midland GIS has been attending many conferences this winter and supporting our utility clients, while representing our company.  This time of year finds calendars full with conferences, training and educational presentations across the region.  Midland GIS frequently provides training and education for organizations that support utility and local government groups.

In February, Erin Allen, Director of Business Development for Midland GIS provided an educational presentation on GIS Technologies and Asset Management Systems at a training provided by Kansas Municipal Utilities. These topics concern technologies that are changing and advancing constantly.  Keeping abreast to those changes can be difficult for city utility staff who are already so busy with day to day operations of municipal utility systems.  This session provided an opportunity for attendees to gain relevant information and discuss with other communities so they can better execute GIS, as well as more effectively participate in staff discussions on best practices.  Erin completed her degrees in Management Information Systems and Business Administration at Northwest Missouri State and has 15+ years of utility and business solutions experience.

Chad Sparks, Business Development Representative for Midland GIS presented earlier this month at the annual conference for Minnesota Rural Water Association in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Minnesota Rural Water Association provides support to cities and rural districts both small and large throughout the state of Minnesota.  With more than 500 attendees, Chad discussed industry standards and differences in approaches to asset management, as well as the benefits and applications for sewer operations.  Prior to joining Midland GIS in 2017, Chad worked for over 20 years in environmental services wastewater maintenance, construction and operations for municipal and industrial clients throughout the Midwest region.

Kirk Larson, Senior Vice President also spoke this month at the Iowa Water Environment Association conference.  Kirk leads the Utility and Data Collection sector for Midland GIS Solutions and has more than 25 years of data collection experience in GIS, GPS and Surveying.  Kirk has worked for both survey and engineering firms, as well as city and county government prior to joining Midland GIS in 2005.  Kirk provides a wealth of knowledge and consulting experience to utility personnel on the steps towards making a data collection and utility GIS program successful.  Kirk holds a Geography and GIS degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.

“So many organizations underestimate the negative outcome that the cheap, or short-cut approach will have on their bottom line.  Even worse, some will spend too much money on a mediocre system that seems flashy or pretends to provide all the desired functionality for asset management. We like to see organizations step through a proven process to determine what is the best fit, because there are no two successful GIS systems alike,” – Kirk Larson

If you are interested in a Midland GIS expert providing educational presentations for your next meeting, please contact Erin Allen at (660) 215-7091 or erin.allen@midlandgis.com.