Released on January 7, 2010 - 2:42pm
Dec 21

     Mayor Craig A. Moe would like to extend his congratulations to Sandi Cone, the GIS Analyst for the Department of Information Technology, for being chosen to attend a United States Geographical Survey conference in Colorado.

     Because of Ms. Cone’s work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the City of Laurel, her election as local caucus chair to the Executive Board of the Maryland State GIS Consortium and her work and training with the use of Emergency Management in GIS, Ms. Cone was hand picked by other Maryland GIS members to attend the USGS conference in Colorado.

     In 1999, the European and French space agencies met at the UNISPACE III conference to initiate an International Charter that in the event of a disaster, the International Charter would be activated and there would be a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by the disaster. In turn, each agency that has signed onto the International Charter has committed to provide resources to support provisions of the Charter and thus helps mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property.

     The USGS signed onto the International Charter in 2005. Ms. Cone has been invited to participate in the USGS sponsored training workshop being held in Denver. The main task is learning to decipher and assimilate the satellite imagery that is provided from participating satellites during a disaster.  Of the 30 people that have been accepted to participate in the conference, Ms. Cone is one of only 3 from the Mid-Atlantic region and that is due in thanks to her dedication to expanding her knowledge of the GIS and Emergency Management techniques in cases of natural or man-made disasters.

     Mayor Craig A. Moe is very proud of Ms. Cone and wanted to share the news of one of Laurel’s own being chosen to represent the state of Maryland at such a prestigious event. For more information, please call 301-725-5300 ext. 244.

For Immediate Release
December 21, 2009
Contact:   James Collins, Public Information Officer
               301-725-5300, ext. 244
               E-Mail: [email protected]

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