MSDIS takes an active role in fostering a sense of community amongst the users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Missouri. MSDIS is also involved in building a wider community through our partner organizations including State and Local Governments together with education and outreach. MSDIS has regional GIS community interests through ties with the Mid America GIS Consortium (MAGIC). Community Groups have been formed to precipitate networking and education for users of GIS. MSDIS participates in state, regionla and national GIS Conferences to build a broader range of contacts with other GIS professionals and the GIS vendor community.