Mapping Tennessee
2016 Regionals
​East TNGIC GIS Forum: October 6-7, 2016—University of Tennessee Plant Biotech building​
West TNGIC GIS Forum: October 27, 2016—Jackson, TN​
Middle TNGIC GIS Forum: November 29-30, 2016—Montgomery Bell State Park​​
MAGIC: Memphis, November 16-17, 2016

To address special needs, please contact David McMillen at at least 50 days prior to the event.

More information will be posted as these meetings develop.

East TNGIC Forum

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Training
Friday, October 7, 2016 - Presentations
at the University of Tennessee Agricultural Campus, Knoxville, TN
Sponsored by the Tennessee Geographic Information Council (TNGIC) and
GeoNET, Knoxville Area GIS Users Group.

Register here:
The training is full and closed.

October 6 Training:

Register here!

Course Title:  Introduction to Cartography: Basic Map Making Skills & Tips
Abstract:  Making maps is much more than putting some points and lines on a computer screen or piece of paper. Choices of symbols, colors, fonts and other map elements can affect how the map is perceived and its utility. This hands-on workshop introduces basic cartographic techniques for producing maps that can effectively communicate your message. You will also learn tips to help you overcome some ArcGIS layout challenges, and how to create presentation maps from ArcGIS Online.
Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Location:  Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Computer Lab
Cost:  Free

​Keynote Addresses: In honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration, we will feature two speakers from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  The morning keynote will be given by Jim Renfro, Air Quality Program Manager for the park service.  At lunch, we will have a presentation by Thomas Colson, GIS Program Manager for the park service.
For more information contact Ray Boswell at 865-273-3466 or

For more information contact Mike Meyers at 865-984-1080 or 
​Map Gallery:
For more information contact Joanne Logan at 865-974-8803 or, or Maria Martinez at 865-272-9703 or
For more information contact Blake Sartin at 865-342-3027 or
Vendor registration can be found here.
​You are encouraged to enter a map in the 2016 East Tennessee Regional TNGIC GIS Forum Map Gallery Competition. All entries will be displayed in a selected location at the forum.  A panel of judges will evaluate all of the maps in the first three categories listed below.  Awards will be presented to the winning entries during the time designated in the forum agenda on October 7st. 
BEST CARTOGRAPHY: The judges will be looking for the most aesthetically composed map.
Judging criteria will include readability, color selection, typeface selection and sizing, and also uniquely applied cartographic elements.
BEST ANALYSIS: While the best cartography competition focuses on the use of GIS to creatively communicate, this competition is based on the use of GIS to better understand a given study area.  In this category, the judges will primarily be looking for inventive but practical spatial analyses. Secondary considerations will include succinct and sufficient explanations of the analysis goals and results and the overall presentation of the map/poster.
BEST STUDENT PROJECT: This competition is an opportunity for rising GIS Professionals to showcase what they’ve learned so far.

BEST WEB MAP: Awarded to the application that demonstrates the best use of a web map to convey a message or story in a dynamic, and user friendly fashion.  A computer, internet access, and a monitor will be provided.  Web map entries must be publically accessible (not password protected) via internet from a hyperlink.  At least some of the map data being presented within the web map must have been collected, created, or digitized by the entrant (For example: not merely a collection of publically available datasets).  The map must be accessible through a standard internet browser (such as Firefox or Internet Explorer) without the need to install additional software.  Maps will be judged on their appearance, concept, content, and ease of use.
VIEWER’S CHOICE: All conference attendees will be given a ballot that will allow them to vote for the best overall map on display.
All entries must include at least one map and must be no larger than 36” x 48”For all categories other than Viewer’s Choice, A PDF version of the map and the URL for the web map must be submitted to Joanne Logan ( and Maria Martinez ( by September 21st.    All authors are responsible for bringing a printed version of their map; the PDF submissions will not be printed.All authors must be available in the map gallery to answer questions about their map during the designated time on the conference agenda.

West TNGIC Forum

West TNGIC GIS Forum
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Register here!
​The 2016 West Tennessee Regional TNGIC Forum will be held at the West TN Agricultural center in Jackson

The conference will be held on Thursday, October 27 and is free of charge. All attendees of all skill levels and experience with GIS are welcome. Lunch is provided. Presentations are being sought and are expected to be in the 30-45 minute range from all different use areas of GIS.  Pre-registration is requested so that we may plan meals. 

For more information contact Rick Steig, ​
Please fill out the form below, or email the information directly to Rick Steig
​Deadline for submission is October14th, 2017


Chris Meeks State of Tennessee:  Update on State Base Mapping Project.
Melissa Rura: Will talk about a Geospatial Workshop the American Association for University Women (AAUW) did this summer for young women in their STEM camp.
Kevin Bingham, Town of Collierville:  Using ArcGIS Collector to Complete an ADA Ramp Inventory
In preparation for completing Collierville’s ADA Transition Plan a ramp inventory was conducted using ArcGIS Collector.  This ramp inventory of our major streets was conducted over a period of several weeks by staff with no previous GIS experience.
Justin Abart, SSR Sponsor of this year’s event and keynote speaker
Rick Stieg, Shelby County ReGIS: Planimetrics, LIDAR and Photogrammetry in Shelby County
Mark Simpson: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Jamison Peevyhouse: Weakly County EMA Director

Student Presentations:
Lindsay Dolan, University of Memphis: Nonconnah Creek environmental quality project

Middle TNGIC Forum

​​Middle TNGIC GIS Forum
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Presentations
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Workshops

​Location: Montgomery Bell State Park
120 Jackson Hill Rd
Burns, TN 37029

​​Online Registration
If you have questions:
​Presentations/Abstracts: Marc Pearson at (615) 829-5454 or
Vendors Contact: Judy Manners at (615) 253-8664 or
Registration: Anne Maples-Vaught at (615) 401-7824 or

​Requests for reasonable accommodation should be submitted by October 15th to David McMillen:

​Vendor Registration!
Vendor Registration Deadline – 11/04/2016
Please click the link above, download the pdf and follow the instructions.