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1 0 | C O R P O R AT E A N N U A L R E P O R T Federal Projects • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) >Cooperative Technical Partner: The Polis Center, through Indiana University, has been accepted into FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) program. The CTP program focuses on creating partnerships between FEMA and participating National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) communities, regional agencies, state agencies and universities that have the interest and capability to become more active in FEMA’s flood hazard mapping program. >Mitigation Saves Study: Our research for this national project, along with the findings of other agencies, will impact decision making related to mitigation spending, which will in turn influence communities’ level of preparedness and their capacity to respond to emergency disasters. • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) >Non-Levee Embankment (NLE): The NLE is a mapping initiative and program developed by The Polis Center that will aid USACE staff. >Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Platform for States: The platform (in development) empowers people with the tools they need to get information about hazardous risks and equips them to put knowledge into practice. International Efforts • MacArthur Foundation 100 & Change Program: Polis partnered with several international organizations including Halo Trust, Mining Advisory Group, Mapping Solutions, IU Center for Aerial Unmanned Systems Imaging, Telops, and Kyle House Group to prepare and submit a proposal for the 100&Change program of the MacArthur Foundation. Our proposal to improve the ability to detect landmines using advanced spatial technologies ranked 38 out of 1,901 proposal ideas that competed in the program. We continue to discuss with the team how to fund this innovative concept. Associations/Presentations • Association of Egyptian Engineers • Association of American Geographers • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing • Association of State Floodplain Managers • Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management • Advisory Council, Centre for Sustainability Future Studies, The British University in Egypt • “Geospatial Platforms for Integrated Flood Risk Management.” Tarek Rashed, Geoinformatics Director, for the 2016 NSGIC Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN, October 2016. • Polis Center (projects and initiatives), project briefing. Indiana Metropolitan Planning Association. Rashed with Matt Riggs and Lacey Bannon. October 2016. • Polis Center (projects and initiatives), project briefing delivered in the GIS Day organized by Purdue University. Rashed with Bannon. October 2016. • “Indiana Flood Mitigation Planner (IFMP) Platform: A Silver Jackets Initiative.’ Rashed for Indiana Silver Jackets Group. February 2016. • “A GIS Platform Approach to Multihazard Mitigation Planning.” Indiana Geographic Information Conference. Rashed with Bannon. May 2017. • “Declaring Indiana a Spatially Enabled State: Challenges and Opportunities.” Panelist at Indiana Geographic Informat