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Gene Trobia, who was Arizona State Cartographer for the last 17 years, is joining the University of Arizona to help establish and head the Center for Geospatial Innovation, Science and Technology (GIST).

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) is creating the GIST Center to promote geospatial innovation and to establish long-term relationships with local, state, tribal, federal and other groups in order to facilitate the growth of Arizona’s high-tech economy.

Trobia, who holds a BLA and MLA in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona, is uniquely positioned to lead the new center. He has over 30 years of experience in professional public geographic information systems (GIS).

As the Arizona State Cartographer, Trobia helped establish state GIS standards, coordinate multi-agency projects, and improve access to geospatial databases. He was the director of the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC), which is the leading GIS professional organization in the state. He collaborated with the Western Governors Association Geographic Information Council; the Southwest GIS User Group and Western Regional Partnership; and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). Trobia was also appointed to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee by the Secretary of the Interior. In 2013, Trobia received both the AGIC President’s Volunteer Service Award and the NSGIC Lifetime Service Award.

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