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Technical Announcement:
USGS Mapping Places High at IMTA Awards Competition

Released: 9/27/2010 11:10:50 AM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
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Reston, VA 20192
Ronald Lofton 1-click interview
Phone: 303-202-4115

Mark Newell 1-click interview
Phone: 573-308-3850

USGS mapping, and in particular, the history, richness and diversity of topographic mapping, was recently recognized and honored at the 2010 International Map and Trade Association Conference at Washington D.C.

The entry “History of USGS Topographic Mapping” received the Gold or 1st place award in the “Best Marketing or Promotional Program” category, which is based on the product creativity, impact and effectiveness.  The USGS also gained the Gold Award for “Best Trade Show Exhibit” for its portrayal of the “125th Anniversary of USGS Topographic Mapping” and the “US Topo – The Next Generation of Mapping”.  Additionally, the USGS collect the Silver Award in the Best Product” category for the “Ride the Rockies – 25th Anniversary” map, along with supporting brochures and postcards.  

“We are very pleased to have the USGS contributions to the history of mapping and our continued involvement in geospatial product development highlighted by the IMTA Conference judges,” said Ron Lofton, USGS liaison to the IMTA. “The USGS and IMTA have had a great relationship in the past, and look forward to continued collaboration,” added Lofton. 

The National Geospatial Program of the USGS has recently announced that its newest map product, the US Topo, has completed coverage of more than half the Nation with new digital maps, including more than 33 States in less than 19 months, offering the new topographic maps for free distribution and download at the USGS Store.

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