The North Carolina Property Mappers Association was formed in October of 1980 to help the needs of state and local government officials whose work involves mapping and land records management without regard to the unit of government or department in which such persons perform their duties. An assemblage of 91 mappers representing 49 counties attended the inaugural conference held at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill. The groundwork for the NCPMA was adopted at that time.

  1. To create a framework in which the duties and counties of North Carolina may cooperate in the investigation, study, discussion and recommendation of improvements in property mapping, GIS and land records management.
  2. To provide a forum in which officials of various agencies of state and local government concerned with property mapping, GIS and land records management may discuss common problems.
  3. To provide a means whereby property mappers and other persons interested in property mapping may interchange ideas and experiences and obtain advice.
  4. To advance property mapping, GIS and land records management knowledge and practice through education.
  5. To encourage a high standard of professionalism as a means to more effectively serve the public.
  6. To work toward the improvement of the technical quality of property maps available to local governments.
  7. To support legislation beneficial to property mappers and land records management.

The NCPMA sponsors an annual mapping school and its annual conference is held in the fall of each year. Other educational offerings include free Spring Workshops held across the state most years and periodic offerings of IAAO Mapping Courses (600/601). It also co-sponsors the NC GIS Conference, held in odd-numbered years.

One of the major contributions offered by the NCPMA is the newsletter, The North Arrow. This publication is intended to keep members fully informed of current mapping directions throughout the state and local governing bodies. Statewide input along with some dedicated individuals is the key to the newsletter’s informative and creative success.

Each year, NCPMA membership includes about 400 members representing at least 90 of the 100 counties of North Carolina, numerous municipalities, related state agencies, regional Councils of Government,and often members from adjoining states. Since the intention of the Association is to educate and assist local and state governing units throughout the entire state in property mapping decision, we would like to take this opportunity to invite all qualified personnel to send in your membership applications. Regular membership dues are $25.00 and open to mappers, mapping supervisors, GIS personnel and department heads in charge of mapping employed by county and city government. Subscribing membership dues of $50.00 are offered to all other individuals for firms who may be interested in the activities of the association.

North Carolina is in the forefront in encouraging its local governments to modernize their mapping systems and the greater participation we have will be reflected in the increased knowledge we attain as a unit.

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