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Why Where Matters: Huntsville to host GeoResilience Summit on April 3

Published on March 19, 2024

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and GEOHuntsville will co-host the GeoResilience Summit, “Why Where Matters,” on Wednesday, April 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Jackson Center.

The summit is an opportunity for participants to engage in discussions with experts from government, industry and academia about the impact of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) on national security and the explosion of technological innovations in Huntsville’s growing geospatial ecosystem.

“In Huntsville, where the aerospace, defense, and cyber intelligence sectors flourish, the importance of geospatial technology cannot be overstated,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “The summit aligns seamlessly with our legacy of pushing the boundaries of technological advancement.”

A man in a suit speaks at a podium in Big Spring Park while three other people look on. There are signs on each side of the podium and trees blooming in the background.
Sean Alexander of NGA Huntsville speaks during a kickoff announcement for the GeoResilience Summit and Career Fair. Joining him from left are David Lucas, GEOHuntsville Executive Director; Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; and Shelisa Gardner, GEOHuntsville Board Member. The summit will be Wednesday, April 3, at the Jackson Center.

The event will include a keynote speech from NGA Deputy Director Tonya Wilkerson and leaders from NASA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Space Command, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and more. It will feature a closing keynote from Mayor Battle.

Panel topics include:

  • How GIS Developments are Strengthening U.S. Resilience
  • How GEOINT Can Map Changes in Human Health
  • Geospatial Roles in Disaster Response & Climate Change
  • Expanding into Outer Space
  • Preparing for a Career in The Geospatial & STEM Industry & Government

A student career fair will be held simultaneously from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. featuring representatives from across the geospatial sector, including NGA and other federal agencies, industries and nonprofits. There is no cost for full-time high school and college students to attend the career fair. Industry experts will conduct resume reviews on a first-come, first-served basis.

View the full schedule and purchase tickets here.