MGC 9 Recap

The 9th Annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference was a success! Thank you all for participating and helping to make this wonderful conference, and community, a reality. Feel free to check out some of the statistics and key points from the conference below.


This was the biggest MGC to-date. Since we know many of you like to see the data, we gathered some statistics for you here:

  • There were 143 total attendees.
  • Attendees came from 5 different states (MS, TN, LA, TX, and NC) *
  • 37 of the attendees were students.
    • 15 from the University of Southern Mississippi
    • 3 from Mississippi State University
    • 4 from Delta State University
    • 15 from Mississippi Coding Academy
  • There were 10 different vendors at the conference.
  • The Student Poster Competition had 5 entries this year – all attending public universities participated

*Note: Attendees are not required to share the state they are from when registering. It is an optional field, and more states may have been represented.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This year, the Lifetime Achievement in GIS Award was given to Michael ‘Mike’ Miller, posthumously. His family was there to accept the award on his behalf.

Four people stand before a projector screen at the front of a large room. From left to right, they are Rose-Marie Miller, Heather Miller, Jim Steil, and David Hansen. Rose-Marie watches as Heather Miller takes a black box from Jim Steil. David Hansen is behind a podium, also observing. The box contains the Lifetime Achievement in GIS award.
Rose-Marie (Left) and Heather (Right) Miller accept the Lifetime Achievement Award on Mike Miller’s behalf. Image provided by GEO Jobe

Student Poster Competition

This year saw five entries into the student poster competition. Each of the public universities in attendance had at least one entry. The first and second place entries both received the Mike Miller Memorial Scholarship. The entries were:

  • Digital Mapping of Organic Carbon in Low-lying Paddy Soil of Bangladesh by Jannatul Ferdush, Zia Ahmed, GKM Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Muhammad Abdullay, and Varun Paul of Mississippi State University (First Place)
  • Using a Wiki to Enhance Contract Efficiency and Develop Student Skills as Topographic Map Makers by Justin Schluter, Peter Meharg, and Noah Blake of Delta State University (Second Place)
  • Advancements in the Additive Manufacturing of Maps by Sam Humphries of Delta State University
  • Mapping Mississippi’s Coastline by Samuel Wyatt and George Raber of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Monitoring Seasonal Water Quality for Southeastern U.S. Watersheds Using Remotely-Sensed Data Integrated into Dynamic SPARROW Models by Mohammad Al-Hamdan of the University of Mississippi
Justin Schluter stands to the left of a poster titled "Topographic Mapping for Dummies Using a Wiki to Enhance Contract Efficiency and Develop Student Skills as Topographic Map Makers". On the right is Noah Blake.
Justin Schluter and Noah Blake stand proudly beside their poster. Image provided by GEO Jobe.


This year, MAST Secretary and Treasurer were up for election. Congratulations to Courtney Menikheim and Paul Barnes for being re-elected to serve in their respective roles.

Courtney Menikheim and Paul Barnes stand before an oak tree at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus. They are both facing the camera and smiling.
Courtney Menikheim and Paul Barnes were re-elected to their positions as MAST’s Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Image provided by GEO Jobe.

MS GIS Conference 2021 Announcement

Good afternoon, spatialists –

A technical issue was recently identified on the MAST website that caused information from the forms for the MS GIS Conference to not be processed correctly. This includes conference registration, vendor registration, presentations, and student conference registration. The issue has been corrected, and forms are now functioning properly.

If you filled out any forms related to the MS GIS Conference before August 23rd, please re-submit your information. Your previous information has not been recorded.

If you have any questions about this or would like to verify your information, please feel free to reach out to any member of the board.

Thank you for your understanding.

August 2021 General Meeting Announcement

Greetings, spatialists –

The time has come for MAST’s August General Meeting. On Friday, August 12th we will be meeting at the Mississippi 811 building at 12 PM. Food and drinks will be provided. (For this reason, please RSVP by emailing Courtney Menikheim ( to provide a head count for ordering food.)

The address is:
200 Country Place Pkwy
Pearl, MS 39208
Attendees are requested to park and enter through the door at the back of the building.

If you wish to attend virtually, please feel free to join at this link:

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
– Call to Order
– Presentation
      - Apple Snails by Karen Clark 
      – [ Possible Presentation by Steve Champlin ]
– Mississippi Geospatial Conference
      – October 21st – 22nd
      – Hybrid approach
– USM Gulf Coast Campus & online
      – Registration is open
      – Presentations are open
      – Submissions to the poster competition for the Mike Miller Memorial Scholarship are open
– Announcements from members
– General Discussion
– Meeting Adjourned

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mississippi Geospatial Conference – 2021

Greetings, spatalists!

Registration is open for the 9th Annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference. This conference is the single largest gathering of geospatial professionals in the state (and surrounding areas). Registration and payment confirms you as a dues-paying member of the Mississippi Association for Spatial Technologies, who organizes the conference.
The conference will be held on Thursday, October 21st and Friday, October 22nd. We will be having a hybrid approach this year, with the in-person part of the conference taking place at the University of Southern Mississsippi’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, MS.

Prices will vary based on the type of attendee and their attendance. Please review the breakdown below:

Attendee TypePriceBenefits
In Person$75Attendance to the largest gathering of geospatial professionals in the state, 2 meals, MAST membership for one year, swag bag
Virtual$35Access to conference stream, MAST membership for one year
Student$25 (or $0 )Attendance to the largest gathering of geospatial professionals in the state, 2 meals, MAST membership for one year, swag bag, entry into poster competition
Vendor$350Vendor table, in-person attendance for up to 4 individuals, one-year membership in MAST for those 4 attendees, logo in agenda, full-page ad in agenda

Attendees are invited to submit a 10 – 15min presentation for the conference. To get more information or submit a presentation, please check here.

Each year at the conference, students are invited to submit their work to our poster contest. This is a great opportunity for students to display their work and network with geo-spatial professionals. Additionally, the winner will receive the Mike Miller Memorial Scholarship.

Presentation, sponsorship, and student participation in the poster competition are encouraged.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

General Meeting Minutes: June 2021


  • Courtney Menikheim
  • Adam Terrell
  • Robert Gruba
  • Jenneth Roberts
  • Chelsy Money
  • Candis Butler
  • Nathan Blackledge
  • Danny Menikheim
  • Jim Steil
  • Karen Clark
  • Paul Barnes
  • Carlton Anderson
  • Chris Brown
  • Maggie Waldron
  • George Raber
  • Scott Trapolino
  • Haley Feather
  • Sean Gill
  • Randall McMillen
  • Cara Waite

Honoring Mike Miller

  • Mike Miller passed away June 3rd.
  • He was a charter member of MAST, helped write the by-laws, and did the research to get MAST established as a non-profit.
  • We will be naming the scholarship after him.


  • Collaboration of Information: GIS Professionals to Water Operator Professionals
  • By Scott Trapolino
  • Scott has shared the presentation slides here.
  • Presentation was well received. Members were engaged and asked questions.

Announcements from the Board

  • MS Geospatial Conference will take place October 21st – 22nd at USM Gulf Coast. There will  be an option to attend virtually.
  • State GIS Council has resumed meeting

Member Updates

  • City of Biloxi has welcomed a new GIS professional into the fold – Chelsy Money.
  • The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) has a new intern – Nathan Blackledge.
  • MDMR also has made arrangements with the company Planet to get access to a database of daily satellite imagery worldwide.

General Discussion

Meeting Adjourned

June Meeting Reschedule

Remembering Mike Miller

To all MAST members –

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of Mike Miller last week. Mike was one of the charter members of MAST. He wrote the by-laws and did research on how to get MAST officially recognized as a non-profit. He worked as a GIS analyst for several years, taught GIS for a while, and served as a mentor to many entering the field of GIS on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. More than all of this, he was a friend.

His memorial service will be held this Friday. Given his impact, a number of MAST members, including a significant portion of the board, are expected to attend. For this reason, we will be rescheduling the June MAST meeting to Friday, June 18th at 12:00 PM. The location remains unchanged.

Thank you

June 2021 General Meeting

Greetings, spatialists!
The time has come again for our bi-monthly MAST meeting. This time, we have some very exciting news! We will be doing a hybrid meeting on Friday, June 11th at 12:00 PM. Edit: The meeting has been rescheduled to June 18th at 12:00 PM.

For attendees who prefer to join us virtually, you can use this link:

For attendees who want to join us in person, please join us at:
          Department of Marine Resources Auditorium
          1141 Bayview Ave
         Biloxi, MS 39530
In accordance with current health guidelines, we ask that all in-person attendees wear a mask, as we will be inside and expect more than 10 people.

  • The meeting for the agenda will be as follows:
    • Welcome
    • Honoring Mike Miller
    • Presentation: Providing Rural Water Systems with GIS Assistance by Scott Trapolino
    • Board Announcements
      • MGC 2021
      • State GIS Council Update
    • Member Updates
    • General Discussion

If anyone would like to present research or work they have done at a future MAST meeting, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the board.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing all of you soon!

April 2021 General Meeting Announcement

The time has come for our April 2021 General Meeting. On Friday, April 9th at 12PM, you can join the meeting via this link.

  • Call to Order
  • Presentation: Assisting Providing Rural Water Systems with GIS Assistance
  • Announcements from the Board
    • 911 Association is trying to move forward with GIS addressing standard
    • Considering hybrid approach for MAST’s June General Meeting
  • Potential Future Talks
    • Differential Privacy (Jim Steil)
  • Open Forum

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Meeting Minutes: February 2021

Greetings, Spatialists! Our first meeting of 2021 went well. For those of you who couldn’t attend, here’s a quick recap.


  • Courtney Menikheim
  • Jim Steil
  • Matt Hiland
  • Aaron Doucett
  • John van der Zwagg
  • Corey Baker
  • John Cartwright
  • Karen Clark
  • Dusty Reed
  • Haley Feather
  • Kathleen Clancy
  • Robert Winkler
  • Sean Gill
  • Steve Walker
  • Randall McMillen
  • Coco Massengill
  • Scott Trapolino
  • S. Champlin

Presentation: Benefits of Imagery Content Programs

Presentation: The Micro-Region Concept

  • Presented by Sean Gill and Kathleen Clancy of Esri
  • Sharing out content from the community
  • Designed to be more of a forum, not just Esri sharing information
  • Community Calendar for events
  • Mississippi Micro-Region Site
    • Please note: Hubspot has an odd behavior where, when users try to sign in, it assumes the user is a member of the Organization that published the site. If you try to sign in, you will need to select “Not a member of this organization? Sign into your account on ArcGIS Online” at the bottom of the sign-in prompt.

Announcements from the Board

  • USM Internship Program (Long Beach and Ocean Springs)
  • Harrison County GIS Department GIS Analyst – Coco Massengill
  • NG 911 will be coming soon
  • GIS council will meet this year
  • Info on the listserv
  • Taxes
    • Non-profit taxes due in March
    • Form E-Z requires a number of attachments and extensive filing
    • MAST is 501(c)(3)

Member Announcements

    • Updated best available imagery service
    • Will send out county information packets
    • MDOT road centerline data
    • Census information is coming out, not all the data yet
    • Mississippi counties will be redistricting
  • Mississippi Atlas
    • Looking for maps
    • Team is open looking for editors, cartographers, etc

Our next general meeting will be in April. See you then!

February 2021 General Meeting

Due to technical difficulties, the meeting location has changed. Please join the link here.

Greetings, Spatialists!

The time has come for our first MAST General Meeting of 2021. We will be meeting next Friday, February 12th at 11AM CST. The meeting will take place virtually. To join the meeting, click this link, and wait to be admitted to the meeting. You will need a free Zoom account to log in.

This week’s agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome
  • Presentation: Benefits of Imagery Content Programs by AppGeo
  • Presentation: The Micro-Region Concept by Esri
  • Announcements from the Board
    • USM Internship Program (Long Beach & Ocean Springs)
    • Harrison County GIS Department GIS Analyst
  • Member Announcements
  • General Discussion
  • Closing

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the board. We will be happy to assist you.

See you soon!