Mississippi Hosting International GIS Cluster Conference with U.S., China, Sweden, Canada, and Austria
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Mississippi Hosting International GIS Cluster Conference with U.S., China, Sweden, Canada, and Austria

January 11, 2010 -- Oxford, MS – The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) housed at The University of Mississippi is pleased to host the 2nd International GIS Cluster Conference on January 12, 2010, in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Conference is a result from the 1st International GIS Cluster Conference that was held in Sweden in 2008 with representatives from the U.S., Sweden, Norway, China, Germany, and Austria. The intent of the conference is to learn about emerging efforts to foster geospatial research and industry clusters and foster opportunities to cultivate relationships and network with business, government, academic, and industry contacts from inside the U.S. and around the World.

“As the only U.S. cluster represented at the 1st International GIS Cluster Conference, I was impressed at how developed the cluster concept is around the globe,” said Dr. Greg Easson, EIGS Executive Director. “It is truly an honor for EIGS and the state of Mississippi to serve as the host for this year’s conference.”

MDA Executive Director, Gray Swoope, and representatives from MDA’s International Division are attending to welcome the international visitors on behalf of the State.

International clusters participating in the Conference include:

Sponsors for the event include several EIGS members and partners: NVision Solutions, Inc., AeroTec, Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, and the Mississippi Technology Alliance.

To keep in touch with developments of Mississippi’s geospatial cluster, be sure to visit www.eigs.olemiss.edu or email Email Contact to subscribe to the monthly electronic newsletter.

About EIGS:
Since 1998, the State of Mississippi has nurtured the growth of a cluster of high tech companies in the geospatial technology industry. EIGS at The University of Mississippi is the program that coordinates the activities of this cluster. EIGS works with private companies as well as university research programs, state agencies, and other related organizations to support geospatial technology business, research development, and workforce development. EIGS provides specific business services to existing companies, recruits complementary businesses and talent to the state, facilitates research opportunities, and supports activities to ensure that an educated, well-trained workforce is available to address the growing development needs of this industry. For more information, visit www.eigs.olemiss.edu.