GIS/Val Tech Conference keynote speakers — Zillow researcher, Las Vegas Mayor — to focus on changing housing market; hotel reservation deadline is Monday
The featured speakers selected for the GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 3-6 in Las Vegas, are Zillow researcher Andy Krause, Ph.D., and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. They will address changes and disruptions in the housing market.
The conference will take place at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and the hotel reservation deadline is Monday, March 13. The conference is a favorite annual event for assessors and GIS professionals who apply technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient for a quarter of a century.
Keynotes - The changing housing market
Andy Krause, Ph.D.,Krause100_2463523.png Senior Manager, Applied Science at Zillow, leads new research and development for Zillow’s Zestimate and related home valuation products. Before joining Zillow, he taught research methods and data science at the University of Melbourne and worked as a data scientist developing Automated Valuation Models. Krause will speak on the challenges caused by housing market disruptions on AVMs and departments maintaining mass appraisal functions.
Goodman_LVmayor100_2463520.pngCarolyn Goodman has been mayor of Las Vegas since 2011, succeeding her husband who served 12 years as Mayor.  BrianaJohnson_100_2463687.pngAlong with Clark County (Nevada) Assessor Briana Johnson, they will address the local housing market changes. In the past the Las Vegas housing market has been viewed as the canary in the coal mine for the housing market, signaling future changes. Briana was elected Clark County Assessor in 2018 and prior to being elected, she served over 20 years in the Assessor's Office.
Conference sessions
In addition to the keynotes, the conference will feature an abundance of educational sessions, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect with partners and fellow attendees. Sessions are listed below and discriptions are available on the conference schedule page.
  • GIS CAMA Integration 101
  • Teams Derived from Motivated Leadership
  • A Tour of Regression!
  • Beyond the Map – GIS, Improving Assessment Operations
  • GIS for Property Tax Oversight and Administration
  • Land, Land, Land
  • Map-based Assessment Analysis
  • Statewide Parcel Data Sharing – Project Planning and Procedures
  • Finding the Secret Sauce
  • Detecting Valuation Errors in a Dynamic Market
  • Boosting Appraiser Efficiency with Enterprise AI and Machine Learning
  • Time for the Future
  • Do The Math (With Location)
  • Street Level Imagery/Data Collection: Smart City Enterprise Deployment
  • How Does Your Jurisdiction Stack Up?
  • What’s New - ArcGIS in Valuation, Tax, and Land Records
  • Automate Assessment Tasks with GIS
  • Managing/Defending Appeals & The Art of Negotiation
  • Can You See What I See?
  • Modern Parcel Management – What You Need to Know
  • Roll the Dice 
  • Equity: Getting the “Gini” Out of the Bottle
Pre-conference workshops
Optional workshops are also available on a variety of subjects, including: mapping, modeling, modernizing assessment practice; parcel fabric management, and AVMs. The workshops will provide deep dives into a number of important topics.
Register for GIS/Val Tech
Current registration rates are $725 for members and $875 for nonmembers. Full registration includes: attendance at a preconference workshop, proceedings, exhibit hall, receptions, social event, luncheon, breakfast, and sponsor sessions. A one-day registration option is also available.
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