URISA/NENA Addressing Conference


August 15-18, 2011
New Orleans, LA Marriott

The only conference where GIS professionals, addressing coordinators, 9-1-1 and emergency response specialists come together for education and networking.

A discounted conference rate of $129 single/double is available.

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The conference is developed through abstracts submitted through a Call for Presentations. The Conference Committee, comprised of URISA and NENA members, reviews all of the abstracts received by the deadline date, and organizes the educational sessions according to those abstracts. The Committee has specified three program tracks for the conference, and they are each described below.

Additional Conference details are on URISA’s web site.

Integrating Addresses Across the Enterprise.

A well-conceived addressing system involves cooperation and builds relationships for both public and private organizations. The addressing system must be easily understood, accepted and used by everyone. Any successful addressing system must include the cooperation of all stakeholders and the United States Postal Service (USPS). A strong maintenance program is also essential for maintaining the integrity of the addressing system. This track will cover case studies, best practice solutions, and training for the establishment and maintenance of a successful addressing strategy. With the adoption of the FGDC Address Standard, coordination of address data can be organized to benefit everyone.

Looking Ahead: Next Generation 9-1-1(?) Standards and Practices

Proper addressing is crucial to public safety. Being able to quickly locate a 9-1-1 call, and dispatch an emergency responder to the correct location may mean the difference between life and death. Today most calls to 9-1-1 come in from wireless phones, which only provides an approximation of the caller’s location. Being able to quickly and accurately locate the caller and send emergency responders depends on high quality address and related information. With Next Generation 9-1-1, addressing becomes even more critical. Come learn how to improve your addressing to meet the needs of public safety, while meeting the needs of all other organizations and entities with improved addressing practices.

It’s All About Data: Address Data Quality and Exchange

Quality is the critical component in every address-related business function. Address data is at the core of many, if not most, government activities, ranging from the time-critical emergency dispatch to the more static voter registration and utility meter location data. Increasingly, states and the federal government are working with address point and range data linking address-based information for complex statistical analyses.  At all levels, poor data quality costs everyone. It slows response time, requires repeated research, and creates costs in lost time, fuel consumption, and rework. This track will explore ways in which improvements in address quality and exchange can improve overall government efficiency, economy and effectiveness.

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Monday, August 15, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
  • Opening Keynote Address
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Conference Lunch
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Closing Featured Speaker
  • Conference Social Event
Thursday, August 18, 2011
  • Technical Tour(s)

Conference Committee

2011 Conference Chair Sara Yurman, GISP, Spatial Focus, Inc., Decatur, GA
Program Committee Members:
  • Carl Anderson, GISP, Spatial Focus, University Park, MD
  • Rachel Kilby Bello, Gilford Metro 911, Greensboro, NC
  • Marc Berryman, ENP, Digital Data Technologies, Columbus, OH
  • Kathrine Cargo, GISP, ENP, Orleans Parish Communications District, New Orleans, LA
  • Gordon Chinander, GISP, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board, St Paul, MN
  • Gillien Duvall, Oregon Emergency Management, Salem, OR
  • Andrew Flora, US Census Bureau, Washington DC
  • Doug Foster, LPP, MCIP, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Sydney, NS Canada
  • Vonda Gafford, Midland Emergency Communications District, Midland, TX
  • Allison Johnson, GISP, City of Lynchburg, VA
  • 2010 Chair – Kathy Liljequist, GISP, GeoComm, St Cloud, MN
  • Jerry Merlick, Contact One, Austin, TX
  • Liliana Selimovic, GISP, Niagara Region, ON, Canada
  • Burt Ray Simpson, GISP, Ekistic Address Integration Management, Hillsdale, NJ
  • Michael Walls, GISP, PMP, AICP, Westin Engineering, Louisville, KY
  • Martha Wells, GISP, Spatial Focus, Inc., University Park, MD
Without the volunteer members of the Conference Committee, there would be no conference. We thank them in advance for their amazing efforts!


  • Early Conference Registration Fee: $345 for URISA and NENA members / $445 for nonmembers
    One day registration rates are also available.
  • Workshop Registration: $195 for URISA and NENA members / $245 for nonmembers
  • Tour Registration: $35
Register Today:
  • Downloadable Registration Form
  • Online Registration
    • NENA Member Discount codes – (case sensitive)
      Full Registration  =  NENA2011-1
      Full Registration with a Workshop = NENA2011-2
      Tuesday or Wednesday Only = NENA2011-3
  • Call 1-847-824-6300 to register over the phone


Download a copy of the Sponsorship Brochure to learn what opportunities are available for your company to have greater visibility at the URISA/NENA Addressing Conference.

Event Hotel – New Orleans Marriott 

555 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

The conference will take place at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street. The special discounted conference rate is $129 single/double. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-228-9290 or reserving online . In order to obtain the discounted rate, you must identify yourself as a UNAC attendee. The cut-off date for reservations is July 29, 2011.
The New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street, in the French Quarter, is just steps from Bourbon Street and a multitude of attractions that make New Orleans one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.

About New Orleans

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