We appreciate the support of NGA...Our initiative seeks to demonstrate how we can implement location-based technologies and effectively distribute information to first responders.Mayor Tommy Battle
Why Where Matters...
Huntsville has always been a forward leaning city, as such Mayor Tommy Battle recognizing the vast geospatial capabilities and resources has formed Geo Huntsville to better promote these capabilities. Geo Huntsville is one of three economic development and jobs initiatives sponsored by Mayor Battle (Energy and Cyber are the others).
- Create a collaborative effort among businessess, academia and government
- Support workforce growth and economic development
- Bring awareness to professional expertise that exists in North Alabama
- Identify job opportunities
- Establish the region as a major corridor for geospatial excellence
Huntsville's modern existence was founded on space and it continues to be a forerunner in the ever evolving space industry.
- Huntsville is focused on the commercialization of the earth observation satellite industry opportunties in new space-borne platforms
Huntsville has core capabilities in geospatial information systems (GIS) and software development as well as 3D visualization such as for building information modeling (BIM) technology
- Several companies in the region have extensive experience in this technology
Geospatial Intelligence: As a major center for defense and intelligence, Huntsville has an opportunity to utilize its existing capabilities in this arena
- Both the base of defense contractors and work performed on the Redstone Arsenal by the Missile and Space Intelligence Agency (MSIC) and AMRDEC present a defined workforce on which to build
Where are we today? GeoHuntsville was established as a 501c6 non-profit organization in 2012 and today is made up of over 300 volunteers from the geospatial sector. The backbone of the organization is our working groups. Working groups provide a collaborative forum between users and technologists to develop ideas, pilot projects, proposals and solutions. Currently we are organized into 5 Working Groups: Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Responder, Public Agency/Local Government, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Education.
GEO Huntsville Working Groups
How the good work gets done!
Addresses the increasing demand for professionals and technologies in the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) field
Serves as a user group for GIS professionals in the local government, utilities, education and other public agencies in North Alabama
Promotes geospatial education and fosters the development of geospatial curriculum among area universities and community colleges
A group of practitioners and technologists collaborating to identify challenges and technology gaps to develop solutions needed to perform public safety tasks.
Formed to increase the value and participation of small business and startups focused on geospatial technologies
Group is focused on defining policy for unmanned aerial systems as it integrates with the National Airspace System.