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.

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

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!

Meeting Minutes: Dec 13th, 2019

This meeting took place in Biloxi, MS. There were fifteen attendees.

Presentation: Planet

Lisa Gallagher and Pedro Rodriguez
Attendees were engaged and interested throughout the presentation, with many following up with questions afterward.
Lisa requested information on presenting at MGC 2020.
Those interested in Planet’s services can request a two – week trial.

MGC 2019 Conference Recap

Having a key note was well received, as was the selection for the inaugural presenter.
Ian Stewart won the Poster Competition and Scholarship. Mike Miller and Paul Barnes both volunteered to print posters for free in the future, in an effort to drive up student participation.

Board Updates

Digital Coast Partnership Meeting Report

Paul Barnes attended this event in the first week of Dec 2019.
NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is a primary sponsor for Digital Coast. Digital Coast is a centralized website for accessing imagery from several organizations in one place.

Digital Coast Act

The Digital Coast Act, H. R. 2189, is a bill in the House of Representatives that, among other things, would allow NOAA to establish a “Best Practices” document for collecting and managing coastal geospatial data. More information on this bill can be accessed by viewing the public congressional data for it.

Open Forum

The City of Hattiesburg now has a Federated Portal for ArcGIS Enterprise.
The Department of Marine Resources will start tracking officers for their safety while they are in the field.
The next meeting will be on February 14th in Jackson, MS.

MAST New Officers and News

As of the officer elections on Friday 1 August 2014, MAST’s officers are the following:


Jim Steil

Vice President:

Paul Barnes

Board of Directors:

Karen Clark

David Hansen

David Holt

Mike Miller

Eric Nolan

Scott Trapolino


A motion passed to move MAST meetings to the second Friday of each even month instead of the first Friday.

Please go to the link below and subscribe to the official MAST listserv if you have not already done so and would like to receive e-mails from MAST.

MAST Meeting Minutes (Draft): 4 April 2014, D’Iberville

Draft of Meeting Minutes from the 4 April 2014 Meeting in D’Iberville

MAST has a new Secretary/Treasurer

  • Emma Strong, City of Gulfport

Mississippi Preparedness Summit,

  • Hosted by:
    • MEMA
    • MS Dept. of Health
    • MS Office of Homeland Security
    • MS Civil Defense Emergency Management Association
    • MS Hospital Association Foundation
    • MS Coordinating Council for Remote Sensing and Geospatial Information Systems
  • May 27-29, Coast Coliseum
  • Deadline to register May 1
  • MAST swag (pencils) to promote MAST and MGC to new audience, poster or booth

Informational Meeting on LiDAR

  • USGS office, 308 Airport Rd S, Pearl, MS
  • Thursday, April 10, 10 am
  • Regarding LiDAR passes in MS and AL, where they’re flying next and how they can meet the needs of other agencies

LiDAR workshop at MARIS

  • April 22 and 23
  • More information to come

Mississippi Geospatial Conference

  • October 2014
  • USM on the Coast again
  • At the June 6 meeting, we will need to put together a conference committee

Coastal Restoration,

  • Call for sharing of GIS info
  • Related to post BP spill
  • Website includes link to add projects

Gary Hennington’s presentation

  • Mapping state-owned buildings
  • Streamlined workflow of annual report of inventory of state owned buildings
  • Add attributes, e.g. facility management, floor plans, photos, videos
  • Features including location mapping, building footprints, and floor plans inside map viewer

Other Announcements

  • MS State offers free GIS and remote sensing workshops around the state
    • Contact Gunnar Oson for more information
  • Mapfolio has rolled out new updates
    • Add favorites
    • Automatic install button

MAST Meeting in Jackson Friday December 6th

Greetings MAST,


We will have last meeting of 2013 in Jackson at the Paul B. Johnson Building at 12:30 this Friday December 6th.

The Paul B. Johnson Building is located at3825 Ridgewood Rd. Jackson, MS 39211


We will re-cap the conference, make some plans for next year and celebrate the end of 2013.

Bring your brag-worthy successes and gripe-worthy challenges as we gather to discuss geospatial wonderments.


Please send your RSVP to

Thanks & look forward to seeing you there,

Jim Steil                                                       662.418.7349

President, MAST

Mississippi Association for Spatial Technologies

Mast Meetings June 2011

Dr. David Holt presenting on cemetery based GIS

Dr. David Holt presenting on cemetery based GIS

Two meetings took place in the month of June 2011. The Gulfport meeting was held at the Gulf Regional Planning Commission office (GRPC) and the Jackson meeting took place at the Central Mississippi Planning and Development office (CMPDD).

Gulfport Meeting Notes

  • Charles Meador of the USM Marine Science department presented regarding Marine Science and GIS.
  • Scott Delano, cheap Mississippi representative for district 117, troche discussed data needs and GIS in the state.
  • An announcement was made to the group regarding the need for volunteers for committees.

Jackson Meeting Notes

  • Dr. David Holt presented regarding a data collection project in Long Beach, MS. The project involved the collection of address points, building foot prints and data related to the city cemetery layout.
  • New data sets have been uploaded to the state GIS data warehouse including street centerlines for many delta counties.

Charles Meador presented regarding Marine Science and GIS.

Meeting Summary 2/11/11

Mast Meeting Feb 11, 2011

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Today’s meeting had 26 people in attendance.

The agenda for this meeting can be found here.

The presentation for the meeting can be found here.

Links to software discussed at today’s meeting: