A Message from USGIF and its Board of Directors Regarding the GEOINT 2020 Symposium
It is with deep regret that USGIF and its Board of Directors report the GEOINT 2020 Symposium will not take place in Tampa, Fla., on April 26-29.
As reported, USGIF has been closely monitoring developing reports from the Federal Government, the Florida Government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and World Health Organization concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 9, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency, and on March 13 the President of the United States declared a national emergency. On March 14, the Department of Defense imposed a 60-day travel restriction on military and defense civilian personnel. On the same date, the Office of Management and Budget also prohibited travel for other federal employees, unless it is mission critical. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directed the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. On March 17, Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, issued an order limiting all public and private events and gatherings to 50 people or less.
USGIF regrets having to cancel GEOINT 2020, as the GEOINT Symposium annually brings networking, thought leadership, student interaction, business and educational opportunities to the entire geospatial intelligence, trade and academic community. We look forward to the next time we are able to bring you the high-caliber, in-person events that you have come to know, love and expect. Until we can welcome you back in person, USGIF is dedicated to continuing to be a resource to the geospatial intelligence community and will explore virtual options to do so. More details will follow in the coming days.
We are working out processes for appropriate refunds. Please be patient as this is a huge undertaking with our registration and housing company. We will update you with details when the procedures are set in place.
We all pray for your continued health and safety as well as an end to COVID-19. Please continue to stay engaged and involved in the geospatial intelligence community. Follow USGIF on Facebook, Link