From USGIF President Keith Masback: GEOINT 2010 Change in Venue

May 19, 2010

Dear USGIF Members and Friends:

Many of you well know, last month the City of Nashville and surrounding areas of Tennessee experienced unprecedented rain and severe flooding. As USGIF was to return to Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland for GEOINT 2010 in November, we’ve had ongoing conversations with representatives from Nashville and with the Gaylord leadership.

As the flood waters have receded and experts have been able to assess the full scope of the damage, it has become apparent that the recovery will take far longer than the original projections. Based on our extensive discussions with the Opryland staff and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, neither we nor they felt confident that the hotel property and city would be fully ready to host our attendees, exhibitors, speakers and guests for GEOINT 2010. We mutually agreed that the potential risk to the success of our event was too great, and we at USGIF have decided to change the venue for this year’s symposium.

We are, then, excited to announce that the GEOINT 2010 Symposium will be held in New Orleans, LA. The dates will remain exactly the same, November 1-4, and the city is ecstatic to bring the GEOINT Symposium back to where it all began. The city has been wonderful to work with and in a very short time has come up with some fantastic options for helping us make sure this is indeed the type of GEOINT Symposium you have all come to expect.

USGIF has been working tirelessly over the past few weeks, while planning for this week’s GEOINT Community Week events, to evaluate our contingency plans and make the decision to take GEOINT 2010 to New Orleans. We understand that the change may impact some of our exhibitors, sponsors, potential attendees and speakers, and we encourage you to please call or email us immediately to discuss any concerns you have about your current contracts or plans. We will certainly be reaching out proactively as well. Of note, due to the change in city and venue, housing and registration will now open early next month. More information about the exact date and time will be released in the coming weeks.

Finally, while we don’t plan to bring the GEOINT Symposium back to Nashville until 2015, the USGIF Young Professionals Group will soon be kicking off a service project to help provide earth-science related materials, like maps and globes, to schools which were impacted by the recent floods.

I thank you for your support of USGIF and hope you share our concern for the people of Nashville. We also eagerly look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!


Keith J. Masback