Mapping Tennessee
2017 Conference
​Knoxville at the Crowne Plaza
Wednesday, April 26 – Thursday, April 27

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The Program posted below is for your convenience.  However, it is dated and subject to change. We will update the Guidebook as often as possible.
Program (posted 4/25)

Register for TNGIC 2017 here!
​Early registration for the Annual TNGIC Conference (Apr. 26-27, 2017) in Knoxville has been extended through Monday, March 6, 2017.  The early registration price is $225.  The standard registration price will be $250 beginning on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Call for Presentations
Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors
​Map Gallery
Pre-conference training and activities: April 25, 2016
Student Scholarship Application - The  Application Deadline was March 21, 2017. We have hit a cap and no longer taking applications. Thank you!
TNGIC Annual Golf Scramble
Don't forget the SOCIAL
Board Nominations... A call for nominations went out to all members.  Also, an announcement was posted via Twitter.  If you have any questions, please contact Bill Avant. 
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2017 TNGIC Pre-Conference Training

 Introduction to Lidar Data Utilizing ESRI ArcGIS
​Primary Instructor(s):  
Paul Dudley, State of Tennessee, STS GIS Services
Cost:  $50 (with conference registration or current TNGIC membership)
Date:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017     12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location:  Salon A at the Crown Plaza
Registration is required. 

It is an exciting time in the Tennessee GIS world!  The 27 county Cumberland USGS 3DEP project has been delivered and is hosted through TNGIC.  The East TN USGS 3DEP project is slated to be delivered around April 2017.  The data is here and this training will help you get started using it!  It is an introductory course and will focus on understanding more about Lidar data, its products, use cases, and the capabilities within ESRI ArcGIS.

This will be a presentation style course with live demonstrations.  Handouts will also be provided.
​Cost: $50

The course will cover the following:
  • The collection and production aspects of Lidar data
  • 3DEP program pertinent specifications and deliverables
  • Lidar data products and use case scenarios
  • Capabilities and Licensing for ESRI products
  • Using Lidar data with ESRI ArcGIS
  • Point cloud navigation
  • Classification symbology and manipulation
  • LAS Dataset workflows
  • Raster and mosaic Dataset workflows
  • Contour generation
  • Data access and alternative software.

Limited to the first 75!

If you have questions about the content please feel free to contact Paul Dudley with the State of TN STS-GIS Services at or 615-770-3809.
​Primary Instructor(s):   Jay Fowler, Esri Solutions Engineer
Cost:  FREE (with conference registration or current TNGIC membership)
Date:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017     8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location:  Salon A at the Crown Plaza
Registration is required.  
Class size limit: 75

Modernize your field workflows and power your enterprise with ArcGIS apps. Whether you need to manage a mobile workforce or monitor real time emergencies, learn how to improve field-to-office workflows by leveraging Esri’s field mobility apps to collect data, ask questions, manage operations, and boost efficiency.
  • Field Operation Workflows - Plan, Manage, Navigate, Capture, Monitor, Report
  • Solutions Deployment        
  • Resources 

Who is this course for?
  • GIS Professionals        
  • System Administrators        
  • Web Administrators        
  • GIS Desktop Application Developers        
  • GIS Mobile Application 

Call for Presentations!

​NOW EXTENDED!! March 17 is the deadline.
The TNGIC conference planning committee is accepting presentation abstracts for the 2017 annual conference to be held in Knoxville. Proposed abstracts will be accepted until  March 3, 2017. Please review the submission guidelines. Questions and abstracts should be sent to Marc Pearson
Submission Guidelines:
  • Presentations will be selected based on topic, content, and available time.
  • TNGIC does not guarantee all submissions will be accepted.
  • Submitters will be notified about selection after March 3, 2017.
  • Presenters must be registered for at least one day of the conference.
  • Presenters will be allotted 30 minutes, which must include time for questions.
  • A computer with internet access, projector and screen will be provided.
  • Please submit all of the following content to:
  • Incomplete submissions may be rejected
Title and Organization:
Title of Presentation:
Presentation’s technical level: __Beginner __Intermediate __Advanced
Abstract (200-word limit):
Bio (150-word limit):

The Map Gallery

Digital Submittal Deadline April 17, 2017
Contact: Kurt Snider:
​The 2017 TNGIC Annual GIS Conference Map Gallery!
We are excited to announce the Map Gallery for 2017! Look for the Map Gallery to be a separate and distinct area in the Exhibit Hall with plenty of space for you to casually peruse the variety of maps on display. TNGIC members are invited to download, fill out, and submit the submission form with detailed information on map categories, judging, size requirements and guidelines.  You can find the form here.

Map Judging and Awards
Our map contest will feature awards in 5 categories.

-Best Cartographic Design - Awarded to the map that artistically employs the elements of cartography without compromising use and functionality. Maps will be judged on fundamental cartographic principles including figure ground representations, visual hierarchy, color selection, typography, symbology, overall aesthetic appearance, etc.

-Best Analysis - Awarded to the map that is best designed to display the results of spatial data analysis and presents the information in an unbiased way, allowing the viewer to extract their own conclusions, utilizing the map as a tool.

-Best Student Project – Awarded to the best overall student project. Submitted maps may be cartographic or analytically focused.

-Best Online Map ​ – Awarded to the best Online Map using ArcGIS online. Map entries will be judged before the conference. At this time this category will not be eligible for the Viewers Choice award.

-Viewers Choice – Award chosen by the attendees for the best overall poster.

Rules and Regulations
General poster size should be no larger than E-sized (34 in X 44 in). A .pdf of your map (96 dpi) must be submitted via e-mail to the map gallery coordinator ( by April 10, 2017 to be considered for judging and awards.

Conference Proceedings
Maps are to be checked in at the conference registration table.
Authors will be available in the map gallery at a time designated in the conference agenda to answer questions about their map.
Award recipients will be announced during lunch of the second day of the conference.

Attention 4-H members: Enter the Tennessee 4-H GIS Contest, sponsored by TNGIC and UT Extension. Contact your local UT Extension 4-H agent for details.

​10th TNGIC Annual Golf Scramble @ Egwani Farms Golf Course

Date:  April 25, 2017 – Noon tee off!! 
Course:  Egwani Farms Golf Course – 15 minutes from conference hotel.

​Time: BBQBuffet Lunch starts @ 11:00AM & Tee Off – Shotgun NOON! (EST)
Course: New Bermuda greens and plush fairways add to the attraction of Egwani Farms Golf Course originally opened in 1991 after a decades-old farm was converted into a tournament-caliber golf course to serve both local and visiting golfers. The name “Egwani” is Cherokee for “little river.” The Little River borders the golf course for over a mile and figures prominently in the strategic makeup of the course.
Price: $65, includes green fees, range balls, cart, lunch, and a chance of some great prizes
Format: 4‐man scramble.
​Register: Register on Reg‐online, please email Sam Moffat ( with your team or Send check (made out to TNGIC) to:
Sam Moffat, 428 Scenic Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
If you have any questions – Contact Sam Moffat.



What it is: Geocaching an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS enabled devices.  Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the cache.  The Cache can be anything from a container full of items or a physical item that you have to describe.  This is a great event for adults and children alike!

​When:  April 25, 2017 @ 2 PM

​Where: Crowne Plaza  401 W Summit Hill Dr SW  Knoxville, TN 37902  (The starting location will be the Duncan-Parnell Booth)

​Price: Free!!! Just Bring your Trimble or Recreational GPS.  If you do not have a GPS, one will be provided for you.

Software & Instructions:  If you are using a Trimble GPS handheld, a TerraSync datafile will be provided for you.  For recreational GPS users, a CSV files will be provide with the coordinates of the caches.

​How to Register: Please register on Reg‐Online or Contact Cliff Hoeffner (

Wednesday Night  Social

​Music from ​The Bearded Band!
You are not going to want to miss this one!
The cornhole tournament remains strong and will take place again this year.  Warm up your bean bags and lets get to it!

Board of Directors

Kendrick J. Curtis, PhD.  
​Assistant Executive Director, Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association

​I would like to be considered for membership on TNGIC's board of directors and welcome the opportunity to apply my experience to the Council’s support of the profession and its membership. During my career, I have used geospatial technologies to solve problems in both the planning and economic development fields.  As the Assistant Director of the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association, I have the opportunity to leverage the rapid advances in aerial mapping with drones to support the industrial recruitment efforts of communities in the mid-state.  During my time with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), I used GIS to accomplish the agency’s mission in a number of areas.  Originally serving as the GIS Manager for the Local Planning Assistance Office (LPO), I developed the agency’s parcel based land use model using both the State Base Mapping Program and CAAS datasets. I have a long experience with TNGIC and presented LPO’s land use model at a past meeting of the Council.  As ECD’s Technical Program Director, I used GIS in the development of the state’s certified industrial site program.  A graduate of the University of North Alabama (BS) and the University of Tennessee (PhD & MS), my coursework focused on geospatial technologies, infrastructure, as well as urban and rural geography.  I currently serve on the Tennessee Geographic Alliance Board of Directors and am pleased to support the important work of the Alliance.  A longtime resident of Knoxville, I along with my wife, Kathy, and our two daughters currently live in the Nolensville area of middle Tennessee.
David Light, GISP
Eastman Chemical Company, GIS Program Coordinator
David S. Light graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1987 with a BS in Engineering Technology.  He received his GISP Certification from the GISCI in 2011. Since 1991 he has been employed by Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport TN, where he is currently Principal Technologist and the GIS Program Coordinator since 2006.  Prior to that David was a Production Supervisor at AFG Industries.  He also serves as the IT Manager and Part-Time Real Estate Broker for the family owned business - Earl Light Realty Company. 

David was honored to be selected as the TNGIC GIS Champion at the 2014 Annual Conference.  He served as TNGIC President in the 2010 Conference Year, Past President in the 2011 Conference year, and as a Board Member from 2009 – 2011.  In 2008 he was an appointed, non-voting liaison for the East Tennessee Region.
As founder and current President of the North East Tennessee GIS User's group – NETGIS.  He served as Conference Chair for the 2008 Fall East Tennessee Regional TNGIC Conference, held at Meadowview Conference Center in Kingsport, TN and Co-Chair/Planning Committee member for the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015 East Tennessee Regional TNGIC Conferences.

David and his wife Janet have been married for 29 years and they have one son, Jason.  Jason and his wife Kara live in Jonesborough TN and are expecting their first child in October.  As is evident from the profile picture, David and his family love fishing and outdoor activities.
If re-elected to the TNGIC Board, David plans to continue to promote training opportunities for GIS users of all levels across Tennessee and the surrounding areas.
​Kristen Johnsey, GISP
GIS Manager – Hamilton County, TN
Kristen Johnsey took a non-traditional path to find her home in GIS.  Growing up in rural Mississippi she wasn’t exposed to GIS until her first year of college in a Land Surveying class.  She didn’t know this was going to be her chosen path for several years.  After working on a survey crew, she returned to the University of North Alabama, majoring in Environmental Biology.  This is where she came across the Geography\GIS Department and decided GIS would be in her future. 
Shortly after graduation, she relocated to Chattanooga to work with Hamilton County GIS.  She has been with the department over 10 years.   During her early GIS career, she was involved in data procurement, utility asset management, and map creation.   
In 2014, Kristen became the GIS Manager.   Her department has overseen a Regional Addressing Study, several county-wide data acquisitions, helped other Hamilton County offices learn to use GIS in everyday tasks, and has made a strong effort to promote GIS in local schools.
Kristen has been a TNGIC member since 2007.  In 2009 and 2013, she led her department in hosting the East TNGIC meetings in Chattanooga.  Kristen was the 2016 TNGIC Conference Chair and intends to lead the conference planning for the 2017 East TNGIC meeting in the fall.     
If elected, Kristen will work with other Board Members to continue the growth of TNGIC across the state by encouraging members to volunteer and participate in TNGIC.
​Marie E. Holyfield CMS/TMA
 GIS Analyst Shelby County ITS / ReGIS

Currently serving as GIS Analyst for Shelby County TN Information Technology Services. Assigned as Data Management Specialist for Regional GIS Services (ReGIS).  Previously GIS Technician / Cadastral Mapper for Shelby County Assessor of Property for twenty seven years.  Member of Memphis Area Geographic Information Council for fifteen years.  Board Member of MAGIC for over eight years.  Graduate of Phillips County Community College Drafting Technology.  Graduate of Southwest TN Community College GIS Engineering / Support.  Married to Burton Holyfield for twenty nine years.  Mother of two sons and one daughter.  Grandmother of one three year old grandson.  US Navy Veteran.
​Matt Lane,  GIS Analyst
State of Tennessee, Strategic Technology Solutions

Matt is the GIS Analyst leading STS-GIS's application development team and helping to build out all facets of the TNMap enterprise. He has worked for the state for the last 12 years. Prior to that he worked in higher education as a GIS Research Associate for the University of the South and the University of Arkansas.
Matt earned a Master’s degree in Forest Resources, specializing in GIS and Remote Sensing, from the University of Arkansas in Monticello. His work in UAM’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory is where he first recognized the importance of programming and data sharing in the field of GIS.
Matt has been serving on committees, presenting, and volunteering for TNGIC for almost 14 years. If elected to the Board of Directors he will work to promote education, training, and data sharing across the Tennessee GIS community.

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