Stephen D. Swazee, Sr., CAPT USNR (Ret.), SharedGeo Executive Director: Steve is a Delta Air Lines 747 pilot and retired Navy Captain who chairs the Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo). He also serves on the Public X Y Mapping Project Board of Directors and was previously a member of the Minnesota Statewide Geospatial Advisory Council, the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA) Board of Directors, and the GITA Federal Liaison Advisory Group (FLAG) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During Hurricanes KatrinaOpheliaRita and Wilma, he served as the senior Department of Defense (DoD) Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer at the Pentagon. He was subsequently named to the DHS-DoD post-Katrina data work group charged with developing a national Common Operating Picture (COP) that can be used by all levels of responders and decision makers. In September 2010, Steve was awarded a Commendation from Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty for his service to the state.

Steve holds a B.S. Honors Degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has completed over four years of post-graduate study in Department of Defense schools.


Find here general items about Geographic Information Systems and related technologies of value to the Emergency Services Sector, as well as information on training events, webinars, and meetings. The blog is maintained by the Executive Director of SharedGeo, who is responsible for its content. An item can be submitted for posting consideration by sending it to: epcupdates@gmail.com. Overall blog comments and ideas for improving delivery of content can also be sent to that email address.

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This blog was launched on June 23, 2011, as an information service of the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) of the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo). On August 2, 2012, the Minnesota 501(c)3 geospatial nonprofit SharedGeo assumed responsibility for all past and future information posted on "EPC Updates".


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