Accomplishments
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  • ·      Worked with the APELSCIDLA Board and the Virginia Department of Health on survey plat requirements

    ·      Presented the John Foster School to prepare future surveyors

    ·      Established a new membership benefit - job postings on the VAS website

    ·      Implemented a Workforce Development initiative to recruit and attract the next generation of surveyors into careers in the profession with presentations at Virginia middle and high schools, and at a conference hosted by the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)

    ·      Advocated for compliance with Virginia law on the practice of surveying photogrammetry before VGIN, the Virginia state GIS agency and APELSCIDLA, our licensing board

    ·      Succeeded in providing a candidate, Vickie McEntire Anglin, for the APELSCIDLA Board for appointment by the Governor

    ·      Created a new “Technician Member” category of membership

    ·      Secured a 2018 Surveyors Week proclamation for Virginia from Governor Northam

    ·      Established a Committee on the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) 2022 to explore potential state legislation and advocacy materials

    ·      Hosted sold out seminars on UAS and GIS

    ·      Effective this April (2019), VAS is moving its annual convention from January to April to seek better weather and to avoid conflicts with other nearby states in January (April 24-27 at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, VA -exhibit hall already sold out!!!)

    ·      Working on revisions or opposition to a bill in State Legislature that would permit the use of unsurveyed GIS boundary lines to resolve disputes between localities

    ·      Continued to support scholarships for students of surveying, as well as financial support to the surveying program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU)

    ·      In Virginia, we have 45 students enrolled in the Apprenticeship program and another 40 were in the 2018 John Foster school, meaning we have 85 future surveyors in the pipeline

    ·      Worked with APELSCIDLA Board on unlicensed practice of surveying by drone companies

    ·      Lobbied for revisions to a multi-state drone RFP to assure compliance with licensing law and QBS