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Conference Chairs: Michael Krueger and Jeremy Grotbo

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Last Updated: March 25, 2019 

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Last Updated: May 16, 2019

Keynote Presentation

MAGIP is pleased to announce Courtney McKee the co-owner, co-founder and CEO of Headframe Spirits and Headframe Spirits Manufacturing in Butte, MT as the 2019 Keynote Speaker!

Courtney McKee was raised in Connecticut and moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana, where she received a BA in English Literature. Passionate about Montana, Courtney came to Butte in 2001 where she owned and operated an Information Technology consulting business for a number of years before getting into the distilled spirits business.

Headframe Spirits and its sister company Headframe Spirits Manufacturing currently employ 30 individuals.  The companies are equal parts history and technology.  Headframe Spirits produces beverage alcohol and operates a Tasting Room while its Manufacturing counterpart designs and builds distillation equipment for the distilled spirits industry.  In her role as CEO, Courtney believes that her highest priority is taking care of her employees and empowering them to take care of the business, including our customers and our community.  She serves on the board of the American Craft Spirits Association and co-chairs their Education Committee.

Courtney is married to John McKee, her business/shenanigans partner.  They both believe that Butte is an incredible community and they are proud to be helping to write Butte’s next chapter.  Together they have two pretty awesome children, Tuesday and Cooper and a sweet distillery puppy, a Golden Retriever named Kita.  When not working, Courtney can often be found cooking, reading a book, or spending time with friends floating a river or otherwise enjoying Montana’s outdoor recreation opportunities.

Don't miss Courtney McKee's presentation: "Wayfinding In Butte: Building a Place-Based Success Story" on Wednesday, April 3 during the hosted lunch

Registration Information 

Conference Registration rates are as follows:

MAGIP Members

  • $245 Full Conference Rate (Early Bird) 
  • $285 Full Conference Rate (after March 12)
  • $170 One Day Conference Rate

Non-Members (Not a member? Join MAGIP and SAVE!)
  • $305 Full Conference Rate (Early Bird)
  • $345 Full Conference Rate (after March 12)
  • $200 One Day Conference Rate

  • $75 Full Conference

Registration is Closed

NOTE: Register by March 12, 2019 to receive the Early Bird Rate

For logistics and registration questions, please contact:

Ginger Claussen


The 2019 Workshop Schedule is now available!  Workshops are scheduled for Monday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 2.  View the full list of Workshops 

Workshop Schedule

Monday, April 1  Workshops
 8 am - 12 pm  R and ArcGIS (two day course)
 8 am - 12 pm  Building Python Modules
 12 pm - 1 pm  Lunch on your own
 1 pm - 5 pm  R and ArcGIS (continued)
 1 pm - 5 pm  UAS Contemporary Applications
 1 pm - 5 pm  Batch Processing
 1 pm - 5 pm  Survey123
 1 pm - 5 pm  Fundamentals of Census Geography
Tuesday, April 2  
 8 am - 12 pm  R and ArcGIS (continued)
 8 am - 12 pm  UAS Data Processing (all day course)
 8 am - 12 pm  Disaster Preparedness
 8 am- 12 pm  Integrating Census Data into GIS
 12 pm - 1 pm  Lunch on your own
 1 pm - 5 pm  Intro to ArcGIS Online
 1 pm - 5 pm  R and ArcGIS (continued)
 1 pm - 5 pm  UAS Data Processing (continued)
 1 pm - 5 pm  Lidar and ArcGIS Pro

Schedule Overview

 Monday,   April 1  
 8 am- 12 pm  Workshops
 12 pm - 1 pm  Lunch on your own
 1 pm - 5 pm  Workshops 
 6 pm - 8 pm  MAGIP Meetup - Butte Brewing Company
 Tuesday,   April 2  
 8 am - 12 pm  Workshops
 12 pm - 1 pm  Lunch on your own
 1 pm - 5 pm  Workshops
 1:30 pm - 5 pm  Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC) Meeting                 
 6 pm - 9 pm

 Vendor Public Night & Map Poster Gallery (Copper King Ballroom)

Families and kids are encourage to attend! Take this time to visit the map gallery and interactive exhibitor booths and enjoy fun, games and prizes! Appetizers will be provided and a no-host bar will be available.


 Wednesday,   April 3  
 8 am - 11 am  Concurrent Sessions
 11:30 am -     1:30 pm                        Hosted Lunch & Keynote Address
 1:30 pm - 5 pm  Concurrent Sessions
 5:30 pm - 8 pm  Reception & Awards Banquet (Copper King Ballroom)  

No-host cocktail reception begins at 5:30 pm followed by a hosted dinner, Poster and Web Map award winner announcements and 50/50 and raffle winners. No-host cocktail reception begins at 5:30 pm followed by a hosted dinner, Poster and Web Map award winner announcements and 50/50 and raffle winners.

 Thursday,   April 4  
 8 am - 11 am  Concurrent Sessions
 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm  Hosted Lunch
 1:30 pm - 5 pm  Concurrent Sessions

 Friday,   April 5

 8 am - 12 pm  MAGIP Board of Directors Meeting (all welcome)

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Hotel Info

Copper King Hotel & Convention Center (website)

4655 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT  59701

(406) 565-5001

Hotel Conference Rates:  Single $95 + tax / Double $110 + tax  

Full hot breakfast is included with room reservation

To receive the conference rate reserve by phone. Please reference MAGIP Big Sky GeoCon to get the conference rate.

Exhibitor/Sponsor Opportunities

Please consider participating in the 2019 Big Sky GeoCon as an exhibitor:

View all of the Exhibitor Options in the Exhibitor Prospectus

Student Scholarships

MAGIP is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to students currently enrolled in a higher learning institution. Students will be awarded free registration in exchange for working a set number of hours. 

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Planning for the Big Sky GeoCon is overseen by the MAGIP Professional Development Committee.  For more information email the Professional Development Committee Chair.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

If your company is interested in sponsoring the 2019 Big Sky GeoCon view all of the sponsorship options in the Exhibitor Prospectus

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