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Ruth Ann Hanson, Chamber Area Director
Ruth Ann Hanson
Lisa Paxton, Chamber CEO
Lisa Paxton
Kathi Nagorski
Kathi Nagorski
Shannon Janco
Shannon Janco

The Brainerd Lakes Community Mapping Project – An Opportunity to Put Our Community on the GPS Map

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A rapidly growing number of travelers and consumers are using GPS units in their car, their smart-phones, or their laptop to figure out how to get to where they want to go. These travelers are visiting our community every day, and there are more to come. As a chamber member, we provide your GPS coordinates to NAVTEQ – so you are already on the map – but what about the rest of our community amenities?!

Local volunteers have the power to change this!

Help ensure that our community amenities are ready to attract these modern travelers! If they’re using a GPS unit, can they find the local farmer's market and learn when it’s open? Can visitors find our trail heads or the public beaches? Can they find the public access points on the lakes? How about our historic sites? The locations of Paul Bunyan statues? These are just a few ideas for adding information that are fun and valuable to visitors.

We need volunteers to participate in free training to learn about digital mapping technology, why it is important, and how they can share points of personal or communal interest with the world. Participants will then work in teams – for as little or as much time as they can dedicate – to add and update points of interest in our communities on a variety of digital map databases.

We need participants from throughout the Brainerd Lakes region as the project includes all of Crow Wing and southern Cass Counties.

Registration in advance is required and the first training session is June 8. Registration information, dates, and times can be found at:

Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Chamber CEO, is the local contact on this project and can be reached at or (218)822-7111.



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