Reston, VA, January 14, 2010
— John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc
., a public affairs consulting firm providing government relations, public relations, association management, strategic planning, and management & marketing consulting services to firms and organizations, with an emphasis on the geospatial, engineering, infrastructure and technology communities, has been retained by PaMAGIC, the Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium
, to facilitate the development of a GIS Coordination Council.
The coordination council was proposed in the Geospatial Coordination Strategic Plan for Pennsylvania that was developed under a Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) CAP grant and completed in May, 2009. Although legislation to create a council has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it has not been enacted. PaMAGIC has led efforts to win endorsement of a council among numerous geospatial stakeholders in Pennsylvania. John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. is assisting PaMAGIC with a facilitated "congress" of endorsers to develop a strategy for creating the council.
"Pennsylvania is one of the few states that do not have a council. Such a body is essential to the full deployment and utilization of GIS by state and local government, universities, the private sector, and non-profit organizations to enable government and make it more efficient and effective. We are confident that a strategy for making such a council a reality in Pennsylvania will be developed and implemented," said John Palatiello, president of JMP&A.
More than 65 individuals representing more than a dozen organizations supporting a council participated in a January 14 session in Enola (Harrisburg), PA, facilitated by JMP&A, to develop a plan for getting a council established in the Keystone State.
JMP&A serves as association manager for MAPPS, the national association of private geospatial firms, COFPAES, the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services, and BCFC, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition. Formed in 1987, JMP&A has assisted more than 25 firms, organizations and government agencies with public policy and commercial market issues with its staff of six professionals. The firm's president, John M. Palatiello, is a member of the federal government's National Geospatial Advisory Committee and was a member of an advisory panel to the Virginia General Assembly that led the effort to create a state council and program, the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN).