Congressman Curt Weldon Addresses STIA Policy Leaders Forum

Congressman Says Geospatial Technologies Essential to Strengthening Homeland Security and Winning the War on Terror

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2004 -- Congressman Curt Weldon (PA-7) was the featured speaker at the Spatial Technologies Industry Association (STIA) Policy Leaders Forum on March 11th at the Army Navy Club in downtown Washington, D.C. The event was well attended by representatives of STIA member companies and special guests of the Congressman.

Mr. Weldon is the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Tactical Air & Land Forces, Member of the House Science Committee, and Co-chairman of the bipartisan House Homeland Security Caucus as well as the founder and Co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Fire Services Caucus.

Demonstrating a solid understanding of the mission critical role geospatial technologies play in supporting America's frontline defenders whether they wear a firefighter's suit or a military uniform, the Congressman said he views geospatial technologies as being among the most important capabilities that Congress and the White House must support with effective policies and programs.

Congressman Weldon said, "Geospatial technologies provide the solutions to meet both the everyday and complex challenges involved in winning the War on Terror at home and abroad."

Although he said the he was firmly committed to being a supporter for geospatial technologies in Congress, he challenged the geospatial community to become much more actively engaged in educating Members of Congress about the power and importance of these capabilities. Mr. Weldon remarked that only a handful of Members of Congress have any meaningful understanding of geospatial technologies or the federal government's role in using and promoting them.

Fred Corle said, "Congressman Weldon is one of the strongest champions in Congress for getting cutting-edge technologies in hands of first responders and warfighters. STIA greatly appreciates Congressman Weldon's efforts to promote geospatial technologies. We look forward to continuing to work closely with him."

Congressman Weldon re-affirmed his strong backing for STIA's efforts to educate key Congressional and Executive Branch decision-makers about geospatial technologies. The Congressman repeated his praise of STIA for inviting him to speak at GEO-INTEL 2003 ( http://www.spatialtech.org/events/past_stia_events.html) which was hosted by STIA in New Orleans during October of 2003. Congressman Weldon also stated his strong support for Spatial Tech 2004 ( http://www.spatialtech.org/symposium) which is STIA's 2nd annual policy symposium and exhibition for the integrated spatial technologies industry.

About STIA

Founded in 1996, the Spatial Technologies Industry Association (STIA) is a private industry trade association with a membership of more than 60 leading companies providing products and services involving geographic information system (GIS) software, remote sensing, photogrammetry, database software, spatial data, the Global Positioning System (GPS), systems integration, World Wide Web, communications, networking, and location-based technologies.

STIA is dedicated to identifying, articulating, and championing the interests of the evolving integrated spatial technologies industry. For more information, visit the STIA web site at http://www.spatialtech.org.



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