The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Saint Louis University (SLU) will co-sponsoring a geospatial conference in St. Louis 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in Saint Louis University’s Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Blvd. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference will open with the NGA’s new director, Vice Admiral Robert Sharp, talking with SLU President Fred P. Pestello on the future of St. Louis. 

Other discussions will feature Mark Munsell, NGA's chief technology officer, and Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri, the industry leader in GIS technology, talking about emerging geospatial technologies and trends.

Governmental leaders scheduled to speak include senior officials of the U.S. Geological Survey and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, as well as Lee Schwartz, the geographer of U.S. Department of State, and Sue Kalweit, director of Analysis for the NGA. 

Featured geospatial industry and professional leaders include Jim Kavanaugh, CEO of World Wide Technology; Robert Shelton Jr., chief technical officer and advisor for Microsoft’s National Intelligence Division; Andy Dearing, CEO of Boundless Spatial, Inc.; Steven Ward, senior director of Geospatial and Weather Sciences at The Climate Corporation; and Marie Price, president of the American Geographical Society. 

The conference is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit

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