I was surprised and honored to receive the Hanson Scott Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Western Regional Partnership at its annual Principals' Meeting in Reno last week.
The award is named for former Brigadier General Hanson Scott who served as the first chair of WRP and was key to the organizations initial development and success.
WRP is supported by the Dept. of Defense to promote collaborative framework for senior-policy level Federal, State and Tribal leadership
to identify common goals and emerging issues in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
(and just recently Colorado) and to develop solutions that support WRP Partners and protect natural resources, while promoting sustainability,
homeland security and military readiness. The governors' offices in the 5 states are represented along with senior staff from more than 20 federal agencies.
The award in my view is for all of AZGS to recognize the work we've done since the start of the group in developing and supporting GIS services, organizing and hosting meetings, contributing to committees and special work groups, and providing support for WRP activities.