Communicating with Maps

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The U.S. Congress uses dynamic maps as a way to effectively communicate with the public. At this Meetup, Congressional Staff will show you how they use GIS to present policy initiatives, information about their constituents’ states or districts, and public engagements.

You’ll walk away with new ideas on how your organization can improve public outreach with easy-to-create online maps.

1133 15th St NW, 12th floor
Washington, D.C. 20005


6:00 – 6:30: Registration & Networking Reception

6:30 – 6:50: Online Communicating with Maps

Maps can be used as an effective messaging tool. Whether it’s telling a story, highlighting a policy objective, or communicating information to constituents, mapping should be part of every press shop’s toolkit. Rebecca discusses how mapping has been used in Senator Wyden’s office and its role in their online communications.

6:50 – 7:10: GIS Story Map for Chairman McCaul’s Border Security Blueprint

This session will dive into a GIS Story Map that was created as a visual aid for Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Michael McCaul’s, Blueprint for Border Security. The map highlighted the drug and migrant smuggling threats along the Southwest border, the level of threats by sector, and what resources were needed to achieve security in each sector. It was a powerful tool to show report and plan information visually and interactively.

7:10 – 7:30: Maps in Congress

7:30 – 9:00: Networking Reception