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GIS Funding, Budgeting & Financial Management for GIS Managers

February 19, 2023 10:45 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

A BeSpatial'23 Workshop:  - GIS Funding, Budgeting & Budgeting & Financial Management for GIS Managers

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Date: May 2, 2023 Time: 12:30 - 2:30PM

Goals and objectives of this workshop

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of GIS funding, budgeting, and financial planning and management for GIS managers. It is intended for GIS managers of public agencies, non-profits, and private companies. Every GIS operation competes for financial resources from the agency or business that it serves. Just as the technical aspects of GIS may be mysterious to the uninformed, understanding and navigating financial processes may be a challenge for GIS managers and leaders.

Enterprise GIS is expensive to develop, maintain, and operate. Even small-to-medium-sized cities, counties, and regional agencies have invested millions of dollars to develop their GIS capabilities, and they can have large annual operating budgets. The good news is that many recent third-party studies have proven that GIS delivers significant financial return on investment (ROI) to organizations that deploy it as an enterprise business-support tool. But competing for financial resources and managing them well is a key responsibility of any manager, including GIS.

This workshop will enable GIS managers to navigate the financial aspects related to GIS confidently, to understand weekly, monthly, and annual financial processes, and to compete effectively for the financial resources needed to achieve their business goals.

The information provided in this workshop aligns with related processes and competencies found in the GIS Capability Maturity Model and the Geospatial Management Competency Model.


IT directors/managers, GIS managers, decision makers, and finance managers who want to understand the funding, budgeting, and financial aspects of GIS operations.

Topics Covered

  • The finites of GIS and the agencies that they serve: space, time, and money
  • Budget process overview - who are the players and who are the referees?
  • Understanding formal budgets and virtual budgets
  • Funding GIS - where does the money come from?
  • GIS funding models
  • GIS expenditures - what is the money used for?
  • Your GIS financial plan
  • Creating effective budget proposals - written and verbal
  • Accounting essentials for GIS managers
  • Grants and grant funds management
  • Exercise: Attendee discussion and feedback

Prerequisites and Recommendations

No prerequisite. Recommended for GIS managers, consultants, academics, and agency finance officers interested in understanding the financial aspects of GIS management.

What You Will Receive

  • 2 hours of instruction from Greg Babinski, who is a subject-matter expert and workshop author.
  • A copy of the workshop presentation and exercises.

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