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Posted on: October 31, 2012

Welcome to the NWRPC Team: Clem Larson

Clem Larson joined the NWRPC staff back in August as our Geographic Information Systems Specialist. Here is a background interview of what brought Clem to us here in Spooner, WI.

Clem LarsonWhat are your degrees, qualifications, and previous work experience that pertain to your position as a GIS Specialist at NWRPC?Degrees & QualificationsB.S. Geography from Northern Michigan University, 2009Major: Geographic Information Systems
Minor: Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management Former Secretary of Gamma Theta Epsilon – Eta Chi Chapter (Geographic Honor Society)Work ExperienceI spent two years as a GIS Technician with the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission working on various projects with local units of government in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

I also spent one and a half years working at RedBarn Plat Books/ Metro Graphic Arts, in Marquette MI. While I was there, I used my GIS and graphic design skills to create quality plat books & wall maps for counties nationwide, in addition to graphic street guides and wall maps of major metropolitan areas throughout the Country.

I also worked as a GIS Intern with Marquette County, MI while attending Northern Michigan University.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in the past few years?I am most proud of completing the next generation 911 (NG911) project while working for the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission. This project was done in effort to upgrade the system used by emergency responders and route them to 911 calls in a more efficient manner. The project covered 5 Counties in Michigan and its completion will potentially benefit thousands of people who will require help from emergency responders in the future.

Why did you decide to work in this field?I chose this field because I like the idea of helping people and bettering communities through the use of spatial information and technology. I also enjoy that the work is a nice mix of art (graphic design) and science (statistics, geography, computer science). It’s tough to find a job that can meld the two opposite ends of the spectrum Like GIS does. I also have been fascinated by maps since I was a little kid.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking, photography, hiking, fishing, disc golf, and spending time with my wife and dog.

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