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Nominating a GIS Project for a Governor's Certificate

The Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council is continuing a program that the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information established in 1996 to recognize significant, exemplary geospatial activities. A Governor's Certificate is given to a project that meets rigorous criteria. Nominations are solicited through Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC) Members, the MnGeo Newsletter, the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium newsletter and by word of mouth. Awards are presented at the Consortium's annual fall conference.

For a project to receive a certificate, it must demonstrate a commitment to promoting efficient and effective use of the technology, have significant positive impact on the citizens of Minnesota, and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate in partnerships that provide benefit beyond the originating organization. Projects that provide public access to geospatial technology and products also receive very high marks.

The deadline to submit the final nomination packet is June 30 - submitting a draft nomination in advance is not required

Award Criteria

The award criteria require that projects must have:

  1. Yielded tangible benefits and exceptional results

  2. Had a significant impact outside the home organization, and

  3. Demonstrated at least one of the following goals:

Key Dates for 2023

Nomination Instructions

Individuals or organizations may nominate their own or any other project. Nominations should include the following information:

For examples of successful nominations, see the awards pages for 2022, 2018, 2015, 2014 and 2013. These examples are provided as samples only. All complete nominations will be considered.

Nominations and questions should be sent to the council by email:


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