Tim Buchanan, GISP

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Tim Buchanan is the GIS coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) and is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of TDEC's agency-wide GIS. He is also responsible for developing Maps and applications that are integrated with TDEC's core business functions.

Tim began his GIS and TNGIC experience almost 20 years ago as the Sr. Software Developer at Southern Digital Services tasked with "putting our maps on the Web". In 2005, he moved to TN State Government as a GIS Analyst in OIR-GIS Services, where he played a major role on the TNMap Project team which was tasked with designing, building, and maintaining Tennessee's first enterprise-wide GIS .

Tim earned his B.B.A. in Information Systems from MTSU and began his professional IT career in 1990 as a mainframe programmer. His "geek & nerd" classifications were bestowed for his efforts in the early 1980s for writing computer programs just for fun AND also being in the band for 8 years. He later received an upgrade to "uber-nerd" in 2008 but... no honorarium check.

Tim has been active in TNGIC for many years as a presenter, conference volunteer, training assistant, and GIS advocate. He is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP).