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A Community Framework for Critical Infrastructure Protection: The Gecco Pilot Program
Bob Samborski

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As part of a National Geospatial Initiative for Critical Infrastructure Protection (NGI4CIP), the Geospatial Information & Technology Association developed a pilot program to facilitate interactive dialogue among infrastructure stakeholders in defined geographic areas. A primary focus is to address data sharing issues that inhibit effective response and recovery in times of emergency. This pilot program, known as eGeospatially Enabling Community Collaborationf ? or GECCo for short ? was successfully launched this summer in Honolulu. This presentation will provide a summary of the GECCo concept and process, detail accomplishments to date, and relate plans for future GECCo workshops.
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The Executive Director of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is Robert M. Samborski. Mr. Samborski's background encompasses association management and private sector consulting experience.

Mr. Samborski became the first full-time employee of AM/FM International in August 1988, when he was selected by the association's Board of Directors as the association's Executive Director. In April 1998, the association's name was changed to GITA.

Mr. Samborski has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master's degree in Public and International Affairs from Texas Christian University. From 1979 to 1984, Mr. Samborski served in various management capacities for the American Public Works Association in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army as a NATO security officer assigned to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in Europe from 1973 to 1975.