GMIS in My Own Words: Karen Knight, Communications Coordinator, City of Douglasville, Georgia
Monday, May 12, 2014
Wow, it’s so hard to put into words what GMIS and GA GMIS means to me. I started attending GA GMIS conferences in spring 2001. I was the City’s webmaster and they were having sessions directed toward building websites, which were just beginning to become popular with the local governments. One of the first people I met was Clark Rainer, as it was his first conference too. Since that time, I have called on him for information about systems he was using or how he was dealing with a project. Just one of the many friends, as I like to call them, that I have built relationships from GMIS.
As I expanded my IT role at Douglasville and my relationship with GA GMIS and GMIS International, the GMIS ListServe is awesome! I look forward to the posts as I am always learning from what others are doing, their experiences with hardware, software, vendors, etc. I also solicit information from the membership. The webinars with our vendor partners are another valuable source of information. The conferences are always great and you don’t want to miss Savannah! GA GMIS holds their fall conference each year in the “Hostess City of the South” and I can promise you will have a great time networking with everyone!
If you were on the fence about joining GMIS, don’t be. It is one of the best tools you can have in your arsenal. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I have not been involved in any other organizations like GMIS where you can have this sharing of information. It has been invaluable to me.
I look forward to seeing y’all in Savannah!