Statewide Geospatial Advisory Council

Mission:  Advise, support and make recommendations to MnGeo for improving services statewide through the coordinated, affordable, reliable, and effective use of geospatial technology.

The council must represent a cross-section of organizations that include counties, cities, universities, business, nonprofit organizations, federal and state agencies, tribal government, and other stakeholder groups that benefit from geospatial technology.

Guiding Principles:

  1. Promote effective investments in geospatial information.
  2. Promote geospatial information as a shared public resource
  3. Support the establishment and use of geospatial standards and guidelines
  4. Champion collaboration among geospatial practitioners and related stakeholders
  5. Educate and inform policymakers related to the value and use of geospatial technology
  6. Provide a forum for ideas and issues to be shared and acted upon by the geospatial community
  7. Encourage all council sectors to contribute to the state geospatial infrastructure
  8. Encourage all council members to communicate outcomes with relevant stakeholders
  9. Encourage geospatial education at all levels

Authorization:  Legislation passed in 2009; reauthorized in 2014 Statutes (16E.30, subd. 8)

Members Sought for Council's Next Term

Council members are appointed for two year terms through the State’s open appointments process. The next term will run through June 30, 2017. Members should have knowledge and interest in the geospatial field and are expected to facilitate two-way communication between their sector and the Council.

Application forms are on the Secretary of State’s Open Appointments website. Please also include a resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in serving on the Council. Applications must be submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office; in addition, sending a copy directly to is encouraged.

The application deadline is May 26, 2015 or until positions are filled. Questions? Contact

Members and Next Meeting

  • Current members for FY14-15
  • The next council meetings will be:
    Dates:  September 23, 2015; December 2, 2015; March 2, 2016; June 1, 2016
    Time:  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location:  Blazing Star Room, Ground Floor, Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155.  Directions.
  • Meetings are held 4 times a year and are open to the public.

Meeting Materials


Term of office for current appointed members:  Terms expire June 30, 2015
Appointing Authority:  State Chief Information Officer
Compensation:  None

  • 2  State agency representatives
  • 1  Mn GIS/LIS Consortium representative
  • 1  University of Minnesota representative
  • 1  MnSCU representative
  • 1  MetroGIS representative
  • 1  Metropolitan Council representative
  • 1  non-metro regional government representative
  • 1  county in the 7-county Twin Cities region representative
  • 1  non-Twin Cities region county representative
  • 1  city in the 7-county Twin Cities region representative
  • 1  non-Twin Cities city representative
  • 1  K-12 education organization representative
  • 2  Federal agency representatives
  • 1  Minnesota tribal government representative
  • 1  Minnesota non-profit organization representative
  • 2  Minnesota business representatives
  • 4  At-large representatives

In addition to the appointed members, the council includes the state chief geospatial information officer as a non-voting, ex-officio member.

Member Expectations:

  • Support the Council's mission
  • Prepare for and be active in Council meetings
  • Be an ambassador representing your sector stakeholders and other stakeholders with whom you are connected (e.g., professional groups)
    • Speak for stakeholders at Council meetings
    • Carry Council news and proposals back to stakeholders
    • Collect stakeholder views on complex issues, either from individuals or existing umbrella organizations

Committees and Workgroups:  The council is supplemented and supported by work teams and technical committees that had previously functioned under the auspices of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information. Non-council members are welcome and encouraged to participate on committees.