Innovate Team Members Present at Annual EPA GIS Workshop

March – The EPA GIS Workgroup held an annual GIS Workshop at the EPA campus in Research Triangle Park, NC.  The workshop included training and technical talks on a wide variety of topics including the EPA GeoPlatform, desktop GIS, climate change, emergency response, advanced analysis and data visualization, and a track for geospatial application developers.

Five Innovate Team members delivered technical presentations or trainings, including:

  • Steven Jett  – Data Publishing Best Practices
  • Barb Rosenbaum  – NHDPlus V2 in the GeoPlatform
  • Torrin Hultgren – Road Map for the Environmental Dataset Gateway and GitHub for GIS Professionals
  • Frank Roberts  – Tern Island Story Map
  • Mark Murphy – Using ArcGIS Pro

In addition, seven team members participated actively in discussions, both in-person and remotely, including Claudia Benesch, Catherine Harness, Binfei Chen, Seth Mann, Suzanne Pierson, Mettja Kuna, and Phill Thomas.

Participants described the entire workshop as highly successful and singled out Innovate’s contributions as what they hope to see more of next year.

Innovate! Supports the “Safer Choice” Launch

March 5, 2015 – The Environmental Protection Agency recently debuted their “Safer Choice” Logo, which will be displayed on approved household products. Innovate! is honored and excited to be supporting this release.

Innovate! is working closely with the Safer Choice program to develop their partner and product management system on the platform. The system will allow the EPA to securely connect with partners, experts, and staff to rapidly review industry products for meeting the EPA Safer Products standards. Look for the logo on products in stores!

Frank Roberts Presents Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Webinar 2/23/15

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Frank Roberts, Innovate! Inc., presented a webinar on:  Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS – The next frontier in web and mobile mapping

This presentation focused on a number or real world implementations of the new Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.  Innovate! Inc. has deployed a wide variety of Web AppBuilder apps to their clients in the last few months, and prior to the release, Innovate! played an active role in Esri’s Beta testing of Web AppBuilder.  This included configuration, and custom widgetry.  Prior to Web AppBuilder, Innovate had a very strong development background in Esri’s FlexViewer and Silverlight web map viewers.  Our intentions are to share Innovate’s experiences with others that are thinking about making the jump to the next frontier of web mapping.

Frank Roberts is Innovate’s IT Director and has over 20 years’ experience in the information technology field. He supports projects through geospatial solutions, database management, system management, project management, training and outreach for stakeholders. Frank has deep experience in Natural Resources Management as well as Tribal Government operations. He spent 20 years managing the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s GIS program and assembled large regional data sets for the Tribe’s area of interest, including LiDAR, satellite, airborne hyperspectral, and traditional GIS datasets. Frank has received 1st place recognition for his development efforts in Esri’s Flex API, and Desktop Development at both the Esri UC and Esri Dev Summit.

The webinar was recorded and can be played at:

A PDF of the presentation can be downloaded here:
Next Frontier in Mobile Mapping.pdf


Small Business Administration (SBA) approves Mentor Protégé Agreement between Innovate!, Inc. and Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT)

SGTLogo-250Innovate received approval from the U.S. Small Business Administration to participate in its Mentor/Protégé Program, under a formal agreement with Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT as the mentor.  “This is an important step in increasing Innovate’s ability to make the difference we are committed to make with our clients,” commented Lily Thomas, Innovate’s President.

SGT is a fast-growing mid-size business with a successful history of graduating from the same U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) program that Innovate is a part of now. “Innovate has enjoyed a 10-year professional business relationship with executives of SGT, and their culture is similar to ours in that integrity, accountability and excellence are of the utmost importance,” added Phill Thomas, Innovate Chief Operating Officer.

Innovate will benefit from having access to SGT’s expertise and resources to help further develop its ability to operate as a top-tier service provider. 

Innovate Team Presents at 2014 ESRI Users Conference

Esri-international-user-conference-logo-250July 20th 2014 – Innovate leaders recently delivered several presentations at the July ESRI Users Conference in San Diego, CA. Matt Brumberger, Director of Business Consulting, and Frank Roberts, Director of Information Technology, presented a summary of how the Innovate-led integration of ESRI maps into has benefited our EPA CROMERR client and the possible extensions it can offer to other organizations.”ESRI Integration
Director of Geospatial Solutions, Torrin Hultgren, presented on the GeoPlatform: How Service-Oriented Architecture Impacts Your Organization. Torrin offers that a successful SOA ecosystem requires full participation, engagement and communication from all parties.
GeoPlatform: SOA Impacts your Organization

Finally, Frank Roberts, Director of Information Technology, offered his insights into avoiding unhappy web and mobile users. Frank highlights using good database design, using attachments, and monitoring your server. Examples of Innovate’s work at EPA Region 9 and our Innovate Server Monitor product are provided.
Avoiding Unhappy Web and Mobile Users

Innovate! Inc receives 2013 Virginia Excellence Award

LogoBlack-250June 5th 2014 – Innovate! Inc has been selected for the 2013 Virginia Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCRI)..

Innovate! Inc has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCRI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow..

Each year the USTCRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses like Innovate! Inc. enhance the consumer driven stature that Virginia is renowned for..

Frank Roberts Elected to a Second Term as the Private Sector Representative for the Idaho Geospatial Council – Executive Committee

FrankHead2-150Innovate proudly announces that Frank Roberts was elected to a second term as the private sector representative for the Idaho Geospatial Council – Executive Committee. 

The Idaho Geospatial Council (IGC) was created through Executive Order to provide policy-level direction and promote the efficient and effective use of resources for matters related to geospatial Information within the state of Idaho. The Council’s responsibilities include: review and assess developments in geographic information, mapping, global positioning systems and remote sensing technology that could be utilized to benefit the state’s interest; assess GIS and image processing capability needs within Idaho; and advise the Governor and Legislature on geographic information issues and needs for standards or policies for the state. The members of Committee meet on a number of occasions to discuss developments and issues pertaining to various aspects of utilizing geographic information in meeting needs of people living and doing business in Idaho.

Mr. Roberts is Director of Information Technology at Innovate!, Inc. which delivers geospatial solutions for federal, state, local and tribal governments. He supports projects by developing geospatial solutions, database creation, system management, project management, training and outreach for stakeholders.

Innovate!, Inc. Awarded GSA Environmental Services Schedule 899

Innovate announced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded Innovate a Multiple Award Schedule (MSA) contract under the Environmental Services Schedule – 899. Specifically, Innovate was awarded the 899-7 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services series.  Services within this series are designed to support federal agencies in meeting their environmental requirements and streamlining the contracting process by providing a faster, more cost efficient means to meet requirements. “We see the award of this contract as an exciting vehicle for Innovate to continue providing excellent geospatial services as an integral part of overall business solutions for our customers”, said Phill Thomas, Innovate Chief Operating Officer. Innovate’s GSA 899 contract number is GS-10F-117BA.
Innovate has a proven history of delivering award-winning geospatial systems and solutions on time and under budget to federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).   Innovate has extensive experience with the ESRI product line and Open Source tools to provide a complete range of visualization and mapping, application development and enterprise GIS, and data collection & management services.  Innovate also offers geospatial services to federal, state, local and tribal governments.


With this GSA schedule contract, government customers will have direct access to Innovate’s extensive geospatial and consulting services. For more information about Innovate and our GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract, contact Stacy Roux at (703) 922-9090 (ext. 749).

Innovate Welcomes Hank Garie to Growing Geospatial Practice

ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 4, 2013) Innovate! Inc. recently welcomed Hank Garie as Director of Geospatial Strategy to our growing geospatial practice. Hank is a leader in the geospatial field with more than 25 years of experience developing, directing, and managing state and federal geospatial programs. He most recently served as Program Manager for the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Geospatial Line of Business (Geo LoB), a cross-cutting OMB initiative involving 26 federal agencies under the auspices of the Federal Geographic Data Committee. Hank has also recently provided thought leadership, research, and analysis to help the Geospatial Platform Team define the organizational structure and technical requirements for communities on the Geospatial Platform.

From 2002-2006, Mr. Garie served as the Director of Geospatial One Stop, a national initiative that developed an information portal to improve the ability of the public and government to discover and access geospatial information to support decision-making.

Prior to working on national geospatial issues, Mr. Garie served as New Jersey’s first statewide GIS Coordinator and is a former president of the National States Geographic Information Council.

When asked about Mr. Garie joining Innovate, Lily Thomas, President of Innovate replied “We are thrilled to have another outstanding geospatial leader joining our team. Our geospatial practice is growing, both in terms of projects and diversity, and we are very excited to have Mr. Garie on board to help continue to support our clients.”

Innovate Joins the Esri Partner Network

ALEXANDRIA, VA (October 28, 2013) Innovate is pleased to announce that it has joined the Esri Partner Network (EPN).  The Esri Partner Network is a global community of organizations applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in developing and delivering technology solutions to solve today’s most pressing challenges.  Esri is the world leader in GIS technology and provide their industry-leading ArcGIS platform to GIS users worldwide.

“While we have worked with folks at Esri for many years for the benefit of our customers, our participation in the EPN will further empower us to help deliver modern GIS solutions to a wider range of customers.  We are excited to begin this partnership,” said Phill Thomas, Chief Operating Officer of Innovate.

As a company Innovate has years of experience in implementing, customizing, and delivering solutions based upon the ArcGIS platform.  The Innovate Geospatial team has worked projects such as:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Dataset Gateway built upon the Esri Geoportal Server
  • Meeting the mobile GIS needs of utility companies by leading ArcGIS for Mobile implementations
  • Designing and delivering a customized municipal Permit Processing application based upon ArcGIS for Server
  • The EPA Metadata Editor (EME) for use with ArcGIS Desktop and used worldwide

“We would like to welcome Innovate to the Esri Partner Network, as a partner who is helping our mutual customers succeed by leveraging the richness of the ArcGIS platform.  We look forward to working with them in the future,” says Amy Garner, Esri Partner Coordinator.