Mission Statement

The Southern California Chapter of URISA (SoCal URISA) is an official chapter of the International Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. International URISA is a non-profit association of information technology professionals with specific emphasis on applications in state and local government. URISA is also the premier organization for the use and integration of spatial information technology to improve the quality of life in urban and regional environments.

The Southern California Chapter has been an active part of URISA since 1990. Our Chapter service area is made up of Southern California counties including: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego, and the recent addition of Imperial, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The Chapter holds local meetings throughout the year and regularly hosts URISA Certified Workshops that are free to members. The SoCal Chapter also co-hosts the annual California GIS conference with BAAMA (Bay Area Automated Mapping Association), and Central California URISA. A new Chapter, Northern California URISA, was formed in 2005.

The Chapter Board Officers are made up of interested members who attend several board meetings a year. If you’d like to get more involved with the SoCal Chapter, you’re welcome to attend and become an Advisory Board Member. Advisory Board Members can participate in all Board meeting activities, with the exception of voting on financial matters.

Due to our large service area, board meetings are held at various locations and in conjunction with the CalGIS Conference, the ESRI UC and the International URISA Conference, and via conference call.