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GIS: Be in the Know

Share, learn, explore, and take part in the GIS community


NCGIS2019 will feature topics that give you information needed to increase your GIS know-how. Learn about refreshed data resources, see demonstrations of new apps, gain exposure to emerging technologies, and find out more about the relationship between GIS and the development of public policy. NCGIS2019 will provide you with what you need to make a positive impact on GIS within your organization. We are adding an extra day to the conference for 2019 to showcase more of the great work in North Carolina. The conference takes place every two years, so it is not to be missed!


Carolina URISA is again offering workshops on Tuesday, February 26. Registration includes an instructor-led training workshop, breakfast, and lunch so you can get all the valuable information there is to offer. We also throw in an evening social so you can network and relax with your fellow workshop participants. Each participant will earn a certification that qualifies for earning credits towards your GISP. Be sure to register by Friday, January 11 to avoid the $70 late fee.

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CURISA member: $150, Non – member: $175
CURISA member: $150, Non – member: $175
CURISA member: $150, Non – member: $175
CURISA member: $150, Non – member: $175


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One of the hallmarks of the conference is a program that is interesting, informative and relevant to the GIS practitioner. The program committee is working to create a program that meets those objectives. With so many sessions to choose from it may be difficult to choose, but we have expanded the conference to three days so there are fewer conflicts. It is not too late to submit your topics/presentations for consideration. The deadline is Friday, September 7.

Click here to submit an abstract for your presentation.

  • 26 FEB
    Day 1
  • 27 FEB
    Day 2
  • 28 Feb
    Day 3
  • 1 March
    Day 4
  • Conference Schedule
8:30 - 5:00 Carolina URISA Workshops (continental breakfast and lunch included)

5:30 - 7:00 CURISA Reception

  • Conference Schedule
5:30 - 7:00 CURISA Reception

7:00 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Exhibits Open

8:00 - 9:00 Sessions


9:00 - 10:00 Opening Plenary

10:00 - 11:00 Sessions

11:00 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 5:00 Sessions with Break

5:00 - 7:00 Social/Poster Session

  • Conference Schedule
7:00 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Exhibits Open

8:00 - 11:00 Sessions with Break

11:00 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00 - 5:00 Sessions with Break

5:00 - 6:00 Special Interest Group Meetings

  • Conference Schedule
7:00 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Exhibits Open

8:00 - 11:30 Sessions with Break

11:30 - 1:30 Awards Luncheon

Poster Session

Have an eye-catching GIS poster, website, or application you would liketo showcase? Be sure to enter it into the poster session contest. Your peers will have the opportunity to admire your hard work and you can also score some GISP credits in the process.

Posters are showcased on Wednesday, February 27 during the evening social. This is your chance to win the competition for the best poster and show you have the right stuff. Entries are prioritized to North Carolina Government agencies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations.

If you have any questions about registration or experience any issues, please contact either Ed Shipman or Patricia Patterson.


With over 900 registrants from North Carolina and across the United States in 2017, the North Carolina GIS Conference presents a tremendous opportunity to catch up with existing clients and meet new ones in the beautiful and vibrant downtown location of the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. Space tends to fill quickly for this premier event so check out the exhibit hall map and reserve your prime location today.

The Vendor Demo Theater will return to the 2019 conference, where exhibitors have opportunities to showcase their products and expertise to conference attendees. One 30-minute timeslot is available for free with each paid vendor. The theater will be approximately 10-ft. x 20-ft. with 8-ft. high walls and seating for attendees. A laptop, projector, projector screen, and microphone will be provided.


Each Booth Includes:

  • 10-ft. x 10-ft. booth space
  • 1 electrical box
  • Pipe and drape with an 8-ft. back & 3-ft. sides
  • 5 ft. table
  • 2 chairs
  • 1 trash can
  • Sign containing the name of your company/organization
  • Opportunity to reserve a time-slot in the Vendor Demo Theater
  • 2 complimentary full-conference registrations



  • 1st booth: $1,400 ($1,700 after January 11, 2019)
  • Each additional booth: $800 ($900 after January 11, 2019)


  • Exhibits Setup: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Exhibits Open: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Exhibits Open: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Exhibits Open: Friday, March 1, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Exhibits Close: Friday, March 1, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

More Exhibit Services

Need more booth accessories? Don’t worry, a drayage company will be onboard soon that can supply everything you need. Check back here later for an exhibitor kit that will contain all the necessary information.


Learn something new, collaborate with peers, and speak with leading companies in GIS. NCGIS2019 has something for everyone. Whether you love cramming in as many sessions as possible, visiting the exhibit hall, or attending the socials, the conference provides tremendous value. In fact, we have added an extra day just to fit it all in! Registration is now open. Register by January 11th and avoid the $75 late charge.
If paying by check, Click Here to download a registration form.
    • 200.00
      • Conference Tickets
      • Access to the Exhibit Hall
      • Use of Mobile App
      • Refreshments / Meals
      • Invitation to the Evening Social
    • 125.00
      • Conference Tickets
      • Access to the Exhibit Hall
      • Use of Mobile App
      • Refreshments / Meals
      • Invitation to the Evening Social
    • 75.00
      • Conference Tickets
      • Access to the Exhibit Hall
      • Use of Mobile App
      • Refreshments / Meals
      • Invitation to the Evening Social

*Students have a daily rate of $30.

Herb Stout Awards

Herb Stout was a champion for GIS in the public sector. He served as Wake County Commissioner and Chairman of the Triangle J Council of Governments until the time of his death. Herb suggested the notion of a North Carolina GIS Conference that would inform and educate local government. He led the creation of the biennial conference in 1987 along with a team of partners in the public sector and served as Conference Chair for the first three conferences. In February 1992, he was killed in the crash of a private plane. The G. Herbert Stout Awards honor his memory by recognizing local governments and students who are engaged in advancing the use of GIS.


The conference seeks to recognize local government innovators and promising students in GIS through the G. Herbert Stout Awards. The premier award, named in honor of an early visionary of GIS in North Carolina, is presented to those who have demonstrated an exemplary use of GIS in local government. The conference also recognizes GIS scholarship by undergraduate and graduate college students with the G. Herbert Stout Student Award competition. Student award recipients are selected by their respective colleges and universities.


Local governments are encouraged to apply for a G. Herbert Stout Award. The four requirements:

  • Applications must include a short technical paper
  • Applications must be submitted by a local government entity
  • Projects must be operational at the time of submission
  • Projects should illustrate the benefits of using GIS


Entries may be submitted via US mail, overnight mail, or email by January 22, 2019.

Have a Question? We’re here to help.


When the conference sessions are over, do you crash in your hotel room all night? Of course not! Not when there is a vibrant downtown area to explore. Benefiting from more than $1.7 billion in investment, downtown Winston-Salem has dining and entertainment options that will suit everyone. So when your conference day is done let the “City of Arts & Innovation” show you what it has to offer. And when it is time to get some rest, you can do so at either one of the conference hotels. The Marriott and Embassy Suites hotels are both offering a special conference rate. Make your reservation today!

$149 per night

$139 per night

Benton Convention Center
301 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 727-2976
February 27 - March 1
About the Conference

Bringing the GIS Community together in North Carolina

Come join us!

Since 1987, the NC GIS Conference has served the GIS community by bringing together professionals from across the state to share in their experiences and learn about current trends and technologies. Attracting over 900 registrants in 2017 and averaging close to 50 vendors per conference, NCSIS2019 has expanded to three days to reduce overlap among over 40 technical and educational sessions.  The conference is returning to Winston-Salem and the completely renovated Benton Convention Center and we expect another fabulous event.

The conference depends on committees that are comprised of volunteers to help plan and run this three-day event. Volunteer participation is vital to a successful conference. Get involved! Just contact us if you are willing to lend a hand. Don’t hesitate, we can always use more help.