Kansas Association of Mappers
KAM is the professional society for mapping and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in Kansas. Our members live and work across the state in all areas of mapping: local, county, state, and federal government, education, private industry, utilities, and contractors.
The goal of KAM is to provide networking, collaboration, and training opportunities across multiple disciplines of mapping to maximize the potential impact of GIS and geography to benefit the State of Kansas and its residents.
KAM operates under the guidance of its member-elected Executive Board.
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The first organizational meeting was held April 2, 1986 and a steering committee was formed. The group selected the Kansas Association of Mappers as the official name. In addition, they developed a list for membership, developed a constitution, decided to create two levels of professional designations and filed for nonprofit charter. The Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Kansas Secretary of State on April 14, 1986.
The first conference was held in November 1986. The growth and expansion that KAM has undergone since then can gauge the success of the one-day conference. At the 8th Annual Conference in 1993, the membership approved the 3rd Edition of the constitution that broadened the scope of KAM. The organization became more broadly based with a large variety of land information specialists joining in. The membership is currently over 200 and includes professionals from the federal, state and local government, the private sector and academic institutions.
In 1996, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, officially certified the KAM compass design logo.
KAM operates from a constitution and a set of by-laws. The Executive Board administers the business of the association. In addition, KAM has nine standing committees to support its activities. They are: Awards, Designations, Education, History, Legislation/Standards, Membership, Nominations, and Program and Publications. KAM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.