About Us

The Tennessee Geographic Information Council Story...

In January of 1990, 16 people met in Nashville and formed the Tennessee Natural Resources GIS Users Group. The preliminary purpose of this group was to share information about technology development and data to avoid duplication of effort. This group met twice a year at different locations across the state. Each meeting created a chance to share information and demonstrate what different individuals were working on, creating sessions of instructional and educational value. Realizing that the same people were attending the meetings, a decision was made to expand the effort by reaching out to others through a forum.

On December 23, 1993 the first TNGIS users forum was held at the Garden Plaza in Murfreesboro. There were over 200 participants!  The majority of participants were from the state of TN and a few from adjoining states.

From that first meeting TNGIS developed a few goals:
  • Create a cohesive GIS community
  • Improve communication between users and institutions
  • Promote and facilitate data sharing
  • Meet the needs of our customers through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Promote professional development
  • Promote data standardization
  • Avoid duplication of effort
In 1994, TNGIS became what we now know as TNGIC. From the initial goals mentioned above, the TNGIC Bylaws were established.  TNGIC has had a variety of presidents from state, local, and private companies. In 1998, TNGIC started awarding a GIS Championship Award to recognize an individual for their work in, and their promotion of, GIS in Tennessee.

Past Presidents
  • 2020 Sam Moffat
  • 2019 David Light
  • 2018 Jason Duke
  • 2017 Bill Avant
  • 2016 Dave McMillen
  • 2015 Marc Pearson
  • 2014 Jason Duke
  • 2013 Suzanne White
  • 2012 Justin Graham
  • 2011 Jason Duke
  • 2010 David Light
  • 2009 Kurt Snider
  • 2008 Suzanne White
  • 2007 Jason Duke
  • 2006 Sam Moffat
  • 2005 Jason Duke
  • 2004 Vernon Long
  • 2003 Joe Sewash
  • 2002 David Speight
  • 2001 Lindsey Gaylen
  • 2000 Dennis Pederson
  • 1999 Tom Nolan
  • 1998 Brenda Brandenburg
  • 1997 Kim McDonough
  • 1996 Brian Deem
  • 1995 Kirk Pickering
  • 1994 Rick Steig
  • 1993 John Harris

GIS Champion Award Recipients
  • 2020 Kristen Gould - Catoosa Utility District Authority
  • 2019 Sam Moffat - Woolpert
  • 2018 Kurt Butefish
  • 2017 Jeanette Jones - TWRA
  • 2016 Bill Avant - TDEC
  • 2015 Kurt Snider - USFWS
  • 2014 David Light - Eastman Chemical Company
  • 2013 Tim Prather - UT Extension
  • 2012 Suzanne White - TN OIR/GIS
  • 2011 Bruce Bauch - USGS
  • 2009 Bruce Ralston - University of Tennessee in Knoxville
  • 2008 Dennis Pederson - State of Tennessee
  • 2007 Keith Stump - Knox County GIS
  • 2006 Randy Porter - Putnam County Emergency Services
  • 2005 John Harris - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • 2004 Cliff Whitehead - TWRA
  • 2003 Star Lakavage - AEGIS Services
  • 2002 Jason Duke - USFWS
  • 2001 David Speight - True North Geographic Systems
  • 2001 Rick Stieg - City of Bartlett
  • 2000 Jay Krosp - Shelby County Assessor's Office
  • 1999 Mike White - State of Tennessee