GIS Day events and schedule

2023 Schedule

This year’s Keynote:

Mike Bialousz of ESRI

The theme for GIS Day 2023 is “Celebrating the GIS Professional,” and Mike will be sharing his experience as a GIS Professional for over 28 years in a wide variety of roles. The importance of applying geographic approaches and the GIS professional have never been more important and impactful than they are now, and Mike will be highlighting the growth he has seen since starting in GIS, how approaches and technology have evolved, and how the GIS community can continue this growth and impact. A core part of this is the development of a true geospatial strategy where organizational goals and objectives drive technology implementation. Mike will share his observations on the elements that make for an effective and actionable strategy, especially based on his experience with collaborative environmental and natural resources protection and management tackling some of our most pressing needs and challenges.

Mike Bialousz is a Senior Consultant and Practice Lead for state and local government environment and natural resources customers at Esri. Mike has more than 28 years of experience working in GIS and mapping, including management positions in the private sector and Pennsylvania state government. This included 15 years with the PA Natural Heritage Program, Fish and Boat Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources where he was centrally involved in many statewide initiatives including the formation and leadership during the beginnings of the PA GeoBoard. All of Mike’s experience has involved implementing GIS for natural resources challenges and he also taught GIS at several Pennsylvania colleges and universities for 14 years. Mike is a graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his M.S. in Geoenvironmental Studies (while doing command line Arc/Info!) and he has undergraduate degrees in Forest Technology and Geography. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid angler, hiker, camper, runner and loves watching sports of almost all kinds.