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(Homeland Security: Link to Local Government)
C. Richard Kuykendall
Director, Geospatial Leadership Coalition
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Terrorist attacks on the US Homeland September 11, 2001changed many things in America, including the way critical infrastructure is protected. The focus now is more on local officials and those professionals that are the first responders to emergencies of all types. Underlying all these activities is the role and value of Geospatial information and technology. The newest direction in America at the local level is pulling together the common needs to manage all forms of emergencies, including natural disasters as well as those caused by humans; intentionally by terrorist and unintentionally by excavators. This presentation will feature activities taking place in Dallas, Texas that will serve as an example of the change taking place in the management of critical infrastructure such as gas, electric, water and other utilities.
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Mr. C. Richard Kuykendall is Director, Geospatial Leadership Coalition. His headquarters is in the office of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association in Aurora, Colorado and he resides in Gig Harbor, Washington near Seattle and Tacoma. As Director of the GLC he deals with leaders of numerous National Trade Associations with many having offices in Washington, D.C. In addition, he works closely with Federal Government Agencies such as the Federal Geographic Data Committee representing 17 Federal mapping agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget and many others focused on advocating the value of Geospatial Information and Technology. Richard Kuykendall has a unique and extensive multi-faceted 40-year career that spans a broad spectrum of leadership in public works and utility infrastructure funding, standardization, planning, engineering, construction, maintenance, manufacturing, marketing, management and protection at local, state, national and international levels.