Life @ IAGT
IAGT's Work Environment
IAGT's home office is located on the Cayuga Community College
campus in Auburn, New York—a small Central New York city situated
near three beautiful Finger Lakes: Owasco, Cayuga, and Skaneateles.
Surrounded by farms and vineyards, Auburn is within easy driving
distance to the larger urban areas of Syracuse, Rochester and Ithaca;
New York City is within a half day's drive.
Being situated on the
Cayuga Community College campus makes it possible for IAGT staff
to enjoy the diverse academic and cultural opportunities the college
scene brings to students, faculty, and the community. Cayuga Community
College is a unit of the State University of New York, and is the
first community college in the nation to host a NASA Regional Applications
Center. This Center is where IAGT has its origins, and, as part
of its ongoing mission, IAGT supports the college's associate's
degree program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Student
interns work along side IAGT's highly talented geographic information
technology specialists on projects for decision makers in government
and for members of the commercial sector. In addition to interns,
all GIS students are regularly invited to come into IAGT’s offices
and observe the work in progress.
IAGT provides an environment
that fosters a lively exchange of ideas and creative, collaborative
approaches to the challenges presented by its clientele. Being
particularly committed to workforce development, IAGT staff are
encouraged to continually update their skills—either through coursework
or participation in conferences related to the geospatial technologies.
And, in striving for excellence in the work it generates, IAGT
sponsors "brown bag lunch" seminars so those working on particular
projects can share their experiences with other staff members and
obtain their feedback.
IAGT is also actively involved in outreach
activities, publishing newsletters and monographs describing its
work and informing members of the government, educational, and
commercial sectors of upcoming events. For the last several years,
IAGT and others sponsored numerous conferences and workshops, helping
educators learn ways to incorporate the geospatial technologies
into their classroom curricula. The annual "GIS Day" open
house, another one of IAGT's major outreach efforts, involves middle
and high school teachers and students.
IAGT values diversity in its
workforce and is a workplace focused on respect for the individual.