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WIGICC speaks out on USGS budget cuts

On April 26, the Wisconsin Geographic Information Coordination Council (WIGICC) distributed a memo regarding a proposed $3.5 million cut to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program. The proposed reduction would eliminate USGS partnership funds, which are used to leverage local and state efforts to acquire new geospatial data.

Wisconsin has benefited significantly from USGS partnership funds in the past.  Examples cited in the memo include $225,000 for the Wisconsin Regional Orthophotography Consortium in 2010, and funds for the Wisconsin Geographic Information Office and Department of Natural Resources for work on statewide boundary and hydrographic data.

The memo states “WIGICC is deeply concerned about the proposed cuts. At the last Council meeting a resolution was passed to solicit feedback from the WIGICC Network on possible actions, including writing letters to Senator Kohl and Congressman Obey.”

WIGICC is encouraging anyone with comments, questions, or ideas on the proposed cuts to contact their WIGICC sector representative.

WIGICC serves as the primary forum and coordinating body for geographic information and technology in the State of Wisconsin.  WIGICC offers a model for coordination that is inclusive, representative, and participatory. The overarching goal of WIGICC is to give all stakeholders within the geospatial community a voice in statewide initiatives.