April 1, 2001

Dear WAGIC Colleague,

Thanks to all of you who attended and participated in February’s theme based WAGIC meeting on the implementation of the Growth Management Act. A special thanks goes out to all the presenters: Shane Hope, Jerry Harless, Holly Gilbert, Jennifer Pettyjohn, Lish Whitson, Steven Toy and Paul Green. Your presentations were informative and a great contribution to the council.

Our next WAGIC meeting is scheduled for April 19th, 2001 and will focus on how GIS is used to support Utilities. We will have presentations from both the state and local perspective on developing a statewide pipeline layer (by Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and Spokane County). In addition we will have a special presentation by Avista Utilities on how it is using the latest GIS object-oriented technologies to improve the efficiency of its own utility business processes.

I would also like to thank those of you who donated a day of your time and traveled halfway across the state to attend our 2001 Ellensburg WAGIC Planning Workshop on March 29th. Jeff Holm and Denise Ertman did a masterful job of organizing the all-day meeting. For those of you who were unable to attend, Jeff Holm will be providing a brief overview at our April 19th meeting. Other WAGIC business items on the 19th will include updates by Gene Thorley on the Pacific Salmon Information Network teleconference and by Jeff Holm on the current status of the Land Sat 7 Data Consortium. Finally, during our closing site round table we would like each organization that is represented to give the council a brief two-minute update on the GIS activities that are going on within their organization.

As far as future WAGIC meetings are concerned, the meeting originally scheduled for June 21st has been moved up a week to June 14th. So please make the necessary changes to your calendar.

We look forward to seeing you at the next April 19th meeting. Please remember to invite interested Utility personnel from your organization or other organizations to see how GIS is currently being used within the Utility sector. Thanks again to each of you for your support of WAGIC. If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please call either Jeff Holm at (360) 902-3447 or me at (509) 477-6344.



Ian Von Essen, WAGIC Chair