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This year's West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals (WVAGP) annual business meeting will be held at Stonewall Resort State Park on Monday and Tuesday, May 13th and 14th, 2013. The two-day meeting will highlight current efforts to integrate geographic information system (GIS) technology in to local and state government, K-12 education and academia, private industry, and non-profits throughout the state. Monday morning is specially set aside for strategizing and enhancing WVAGP's operational presence and focus within the state (and planning for the state-wide bi-annual GIS conference planned for Charleston in 2014). The remainder of the two-day meeting will provide learning opportunities for both members and non-members interested in best practices in mapping technologies, natural resource management, Lidar, and economic development.

Highlighting the meeting and workshops will be keynote luncheons featuring John Amos from SkyTruth on Monday and Hunter Lesser, a Civil War Historian, on Tuesday. John Amos, who has spoken before a regional WVAGP audience before, will highlight innovative uses of remote sensing and virtual technologies that vividly illustrate environmental impacts to the public and the efforts of SkyTruth to promote sustainable resource management throughout the state and beyond.

Hunter Lesser will speak in honor of the 150th anniversary of West Virginia Statehood. Hunter will tell the tale of President Lincoln's "Odd Trick"--the formation of West Virginia and her role in the Civil War. Historic photos and maps will highlight his talk and the critical nature of mapping and strategy for armies North and South. Hunter, a member of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, is a consulting archaeologist, author and historical interpreter. His book Rebels at the Gate, a History Book Club main selection, explores the earliest days of the Civil War in West Virginia.

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