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Lawrence Stipek


Lawrence Stipek, director of the Loudoun County, Va., Office of Mapping and Geographic Information, has been managing the county’s GIS since 1990. He previously served as the director of planning and projects for the Kane County, Ill., Development Department. He has also advised the governments of Bulgaria and Suriname on issues related to GIS.

Stipek is certified as a GIS Professional by the GIS Certification Institute. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Mapping and Land Information Systems, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, and the Association of American Geographers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and his master’s degree in geography from Northern Illinois University.

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