August 2016 Newsletter
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From the President 2016 Government Regional Summit TAGITM Releases Marketing Tools
Texas Municipal League Conference Membership Renewals Listserv Emails
Organization in the Spotlight

From the President, Beth Ann Unger

It has been a busy summer for the TAGITM board.  We convened in June for our annual planning session where we updated our Strategic Plan and formalized our 1, 2 and 4 year goals.  As you may recall, during the annual meeting a request for TAGITM to collect and maintain a repository of agency data was discussed and overwhelmingly supported by the members in attendance.  This year in addition to expanding our educational offerings, we added a goal to provide our members access to a data repository.

The board reviewed various options including purchasing or developing our own data repository solution.  During our research we discovered that GMIS, a nationwide association of IT leaders, had deployed a data collection and benchmarking tool, which they call Data Dive just last year.  After previewing the GMIS solution, the board decided to enter into a partnership with GMIS for their Data Dive product for one year with the option to renew.  This approach provides TAGITM with the opportunity to deploy a solution more quickly and at a significantly lower cost than we could have done on our own.  The information collected and available for participating members will include demographics and budget, organization and planning data, as well as hardware and software solutions.   In the coming days, you will receive a login and password that you can use to access the Data Dive site.  In order to assess the effectiveness of this solution for our needs, we need your help.  Please visit TAGITM Data Dive to learn more about the product, and how you can get started.

Please reach out to me or any of your board members if you have any questions.

2016 Government Regional Summit - Let’s Talk Storage
produced by TAGITM

The TAGITM Education Committee is proud to present the regional educational event on September 27th at the North Central Texas Council of Governments facility in Arlington. The Education Committee is implementing a TAGITM Board strategy to host two regional summits this year before the next Annual Conference in April 2017. This first event is in September in Arlington and a second regional summit will be organized to be hosted in Waco or a south central Texas location (tbd) in the January/February timeframe.

Agency members and vendors have volunteered to deliver presentations devoted to Storage related topics. Overall the format for the day will be similar to a day at our annual conference. There will be presentations and vendor tables set up so you can speak with providers of storage services. Light breakfast refreshments and a vendor sponsored lunch will be provided.

Last year’s fall regional event had 50 attendees. We are expecting and hopeful to have between 50 and 75 of your peers in attendance for this summit. The NCTCOG facility can accommodate 100 attendees so please share this information with your team members and plan to attend. The larger the attendance the more valuable attendance becomes for everyone. Come share your experience and questions about storage with your peers.

The Regional Summit page on the TAGITM website has agenda and registration information. Registration is only $50 per attendee.

See you there.

Register Today
TAGITM Releases Marketing Tools

We know how great TAGITM is, but how do we promote our organization to others? The TAGITM board recognized this need and created a Marketing Committee to help us spread the word. Chairman Scott Joyce and the Marketing Committee developed a membership flyer and arranged for cameraman to capture scenes and testimonials from our 2015 Conference.  Since then they have been working to edit and produce a video that helps tell the TAGITM story and highlights the value of membership.  The completed TAGITM Video is now available our website.  Take a few minutes to watch. You never know, you may see yourself or other familiar faces.  Please feel free to share the flyer and video with others that might be interested in knowing more about TAGITM.

Will you be at the Texas Municipal League Conference Oct 4 – 7?

TAGITM will be there! For the first time in a long time, TAGITM will have a booth at the 2016 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition, October 4 – 7, 2016 at the Austin Convention Center. This is an excellent opportunity to provide information on TAGITM to elected officials and city leadership, and to encourage them to have their city join, or continue membership based on the value TAGITM delivers. If you are going to be there, come visit us at booth 1442 and say hello, and encourage your city attendees to stop by.

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Don't let your TAGITM membership lapse!

The TAGITM Membership year is October 1 through September 30. If your dues are not renewed by December 31, 2016, your membership will expire. Renew your membership today to maintain access to:

  • TAGITM Member Resources, our document repository available through the web site
  • TAGITM Listserv to collaborate and discuss today's hottest trends and issues
  • Regional Member Groups and networking opportunities
  • Continued learning through webinars and conference presentations
In order to renew your membership you will need the User Name and Password for the Agency/Organization Member profile. If you do not have this login information you may contact us at and we will be happy to assist. Once you have logged into the Agency/Organization Member profile click on the "Manage Profile" link in the right-hand navigation, and then scroll down to the bottom of the window and under Account History click on "Membership". You'll see your current expiration date and a link to the current invoice for the 2017 membership year. You may renew your dues on-line if you are paying by Credit Card or print the current invoice if you are paying by Purchase Order/Invoice.
Yes, you can search the ListServ Emails!

They actually do archive – not to a forum but to the listserv.  To see the archive, follow the steps below.

  1. Visit
  2. Click Log In at the top right corner.
  3. If this is your first time accessing the archive, you'll want to select "get a new LISTSERV password". Use the email associated with your listserv access.
  4. If you have accessed the archive before, simply log in with your email and password. 
  5. On the right rail, under "Access Unlisted Lists," search "TAGITM."

From there you can search the archives back to 2011…

Organization in the Spotlight

Organization Name: City of San Marcos, Texas pop. 58,892

Number of GIS Workers in the Organization: 2 in IT (Central GIS), 6 full time GIS professionals distributed amongst Development Services, Engineering, Police, and Public Services.

Significant Technology Achievements:  Introduction and expansion of the ESRI Collector App for field collection and assessing damage after devastating floods in May and October of 2015.

Plans for Future Technology Initiatives: Replicating databases and creating a redundant system to alleviate down time.

Most Challenging Project: Complete redesign of GIS system, including server architecture, new database platform and redesigned data schema.

Most Rewarding Project: All of the work involved during the floods. Including streamlining damage assessment with the collector app.  Mapping for cleanup efforts, and analysis of damage from various floods to determine trends and aid in the decision making of allocating HUD funding for flood mitigation.

What is Most Valuable About Being a TAGITM Member: One of the many values the City receives from being a member of TAGITM is associated with the vast amount of technical and leadership knowledge in the association. The association provides multiple avenues on how knowledge is shared: the List Server on a daily bases, the Regional Membership Groups located strategically across the State of Texas, which meet quarterly and the annual education conference. Each avenue provides value to the members of the association. If you think about it, it is like online dating. First you share information online (daily list serve), then you meet face-to-face (regional membership groups) and then you meet the family (annual conference). At each step of the way you are building relationships and sharing knowledge.


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