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January 7, 2004
Press Release: Mike Beltz Joins GCS Research as Director of Sales and Marketing

Missoula, MT- January 7, 2004

Alex Philp, President of GCS Research LLC, a geospatial information technology company, announced today the addition of Mike Beltz to the company. Mr. Beltz has extensive experience working with geospatial technologies and will serve as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Mr. Beltz brings ten years of professional experience to GCS Research. He served as GIS Program Director for an international NGO, developing the GIS capacity for conservation organizations in Russia, Central Asia, and Chile. Mr. Beltz's training and mapping activities include seminars in Russia's Far East Region and Central Siberia. He has worked in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, The Republic of Yakutia and Russia's remote Sakhalin Island, Altai Republic, and Turkmenistan.

"We are very excited to have Mike on board as Director of Sales and Marketing," stated Alex Philp, President of GCS Research. "Mike brings invaluable GIS expertise and international experience to our company. We look forward to his membership and extending our capabilities into new markets around the world."

In addition to his international conservation GIS work, Mike Beltz worked for the Washington D.C. based, Bicycle Federation of America, where Mike was responsible for incorporating GIS tools and analysis into non-motorized transportation planning programs.

Prior to joining GCS Research, Mr. Beltz served as GIS director for Ecosystem Research Group, an environmental consulting firm based in Missoula Montana. In this capacity, Mr. Beltz oversaw the production of hundreds of maps and associated analysis for environmental investigations and contributed to award-winning Environmental Impact Statements. Recently Mr. Beltz produced over a 100 maps for the Jefferson-Martin 230kV Transmission Line Environmental Impact Review for the California Public Utilities Commission.

In 2002, Beltz served as President for the International Society for Conservation GIS and is currently serving as a board member.

Mr. Beltz has a BA from Alfred University in New York and completed graduate work in Geography with and emphasis in Computer Cartography and GIS from the University of Montana.

To learn more about GCS Research contact Mike at or visit GCS Research's website at

January 5, 2004
Press Release: GCS Research Delivers Missoula County ArcIMS Service to USGS National Map

"Missoula County, Montana becomes the first county in the State and one of the first in the Nation to publish their Geospatial data to The National Map."

Missoula County, Montana becomes the first county in the State and one of the first in the Nation to publish their Geospatial data to The National Map.

The Missoula County Mapping System builds and / or maintains ownership, emergency response, planning, public safety and public works information and high-resolution imagery for the county.

This data has recently been incorporated into The National Map through a Technology Assistance Agreement (TAA) between GCS Research and the U.S.Geological Survey (USGS). At the core of the TAA, GCS Research will work cooperatively with the USGS Mapping Partnership Office in Bozeman, MT and The USGS National Map team in Washington D.C. to develop of Web-based geospatial systems to support the participation of local Montana governments as an integral part of The National Map.

In building local government connections to The National Map, GCS Research is using ESRI and Microsoft .NET technology. Through this partnership other counties will join Missoula County as local government data providers and partners in The National Map.

The Missoula County, GCS Research and USGS cooperation and development provide viable models for local governments, which may seek to partner in and benefit from The National Map and supported geospatial applications.

"We are honored to be working with the USGS to help build the infrastructure for The National Map in Montana," said Alex Philp, President, GCS Research. "Given our existing efforts with Montana local governments to deliver distributed geospatial systems, this partnership represents an ideal intersection of our core objectives and the long-standing, pioneering expertise of the USGS."

"Building partnerships to access State, county and local government geographic data is a key component of The National Map. In doing so, USGS shares and affirms its dedication to refocusing and reinvigorating its efforts to meet the Nation's needs for this critical information." Lance Clampitt, Chief of the USGS Mapping Partnership Office in Bozeman also stated that "GCS Research is a talented and dedicated partner that will assist USGS with our grass roots implementation needs of The National Map in Montana. It is our hope that Missoula County will be one of many local governments that will add valuable geospatial data to The National Map."

The Missoula County development follows an earlier Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Montana and the USGS, which lead to the implementation of the State's Natural Resource Information System map service and data link to The National Map. To view the USGS National Map program, please see:

For More Information Contact GCS Research LLC at 406-532-3761 or and visit our website at

GCS Research specializes in geospatial information technology. Our business focuses upon the convergence of GIS and the Web. We provide an integrated range of products and services dedicated to geospatial Web services and networked applications. GCS Research builds the geographic data systems that allow your enterprise to transcend physical boundaries, connect interactively with your customers, and achieve your specific objectives.