The following list describes several options to locate GIS consultants. MnGeo
provides the list as a community service, and inclusion on the list does not
imply MnGeo's endorsement of any of the programs or consultants.
This program, established by the State's MN.IT Services BUY-IT program, is designed to help Minnesota state agencies and vendors connect with one another to complete Information Technology (IT) project work, acquire hardware and software, or to provide agencies with additional IT personnel needed to assist in completing current IT projects.
Consulting services can also be acquired by State agencies through a Request for Proposals process guided by State policies implemented by the Materials Management Division (MMD) at the Department of Administration. State policy specifies that professional or technical services include "services that are intellectual in character, including consultation, analysis, evaluation, prediction, planning, or programming, or recommendation, and result in the production of a report or the completion of a task."
In addition, most local governments, school districts, watershed districts and many non-state organizations are eligible to participate in a Cooperative Purchasing program that primarily covers non-service categories but also provides for short-term staff augmentation opportunities through qualified vendors participating in the program.
The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium's annual fall conference includes exhibits from vendors that provide GIS-related services. The Consortium lists the exhibitors from a previous conference on its website with the expectation that users will carefully evaluate any vendor to insure the work will meet their needs.