PRESS RELEASE: Millennium Geospatial Earns Release Ready Specialty From Esri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/19/2021
Kevin Maes
Millennium Geospatial
608.949.9005
kevin.maes@millenniumgeospatial.com

Millennium Geospatial Earns Release Ready Specialty From Esri

GIS consulting firm recognized for industry expertise and software specialization

Madison, Wisconsin: Earlier this month, Millennium Geospatial was awarded the Release Ready Specialty from Esri.

“Our team is committed to bringing the best ArcGIS knowledge in the marketplace to our clients and having the opportunity to achieve this specialty from Esri has been a win for our clients, our company, and for Esri,” said Kevin Maes, VP of Engineering at Millennium Geospatial.

According to the Esri website: “Partners in the Release Ready Specialty offer industry expertise along with solutions,services or content using the latest ArcGIS products. As early adopters of Esri software releases, these partners are leaders and ready to help you leverage the newest capabilities.”

“Access to the training and development opportunities offered to Esri Partners has been a phenominal opportunity for our team,” said Taylor McMaster, Director of Technology at Millennium Geospatial. “It’s one thing to know that you can use the tool and quite another to demonstrate your abilities and have them reviewed and validated directly by the software company. This collaboration is what sets the Esri Partner program apart form many other partnerships.”

Millennium Geospatial has been an Esri Silver Partner since 2019.

About Millennium Geospatial: Established in 2019, Millennium Geospatial was developed to work in partnership with Broadband Service Providers, Telecommunication Construction Companies and Engineering Consultants to address their Data, Engineering, & Project Management needs with custom created field applications, dashboards, and data integration. With project experience in 40 of the 50 states as well as Canada, the Millennium Geospatial team has a deep understanding of the business challenges that their clients experience. Millennium Geospatial has positioned itself to work with their clients to provide GIS solutions that are unique to the needs of the client’s project and overall company goals.

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Here We Go: Team MGS Is “Hiking” The Appalachian Trail!

We recently shared details about the Ascent Plan that we’re currently working on. One of the initiatives is to create a Team Member Wellness Program. While a fully formed program remains a work in progress, as we create it we are mindful of two important points:

There are many done for you Wellness Programs in the marketplace – a plug and play program hooked on to a health insurance plan is common – but to ensure we build something that resonates and is, in the words of the Grateful Dead (and Jim Collins), “built to last”, we’re going to DIY this iniative and we’re confident we won’t regret it!

During the month of July, our team members have the option of working together to virtually hike the Appalachian Trail!

The trail is about 2200 miles and we currently have around 20 team members. If we each get moving 4 miles per day for 31 days, we’ll get there together!

We’re making this as do’able as possible.

Movement counts. You may not have the time, interest, energy, or stamina to jog 4 miles a day. But we all probably log a mile or two just by walking pets, walking to and from the bus stop, mowing the lawn after work, walking around the office, and more. Weekly 9 hole golf league? That’s probably 1-2 miles if you do the math. Swimming laps? This is a virtual adventure so count it! Biking around Lake Monona? That’s 13 miles! There is truly something for everyone to do in this activity.

Another element of this month long collaboration involves giving back.

Our company plans to donate funds for every mile collectively logged by the team this month up to our goal of 2200 miles. We are working as a group on what cause will receive the donation now.

Interested in following our progress? Tune in on social media as that’s where we’ll be posting updates! Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. Why Pinterest, you ask? That’s another post for another day…

Cheers to wellness, teamwork, and giving back!

Ascent Plan

Millennium Geospatial opened its doors in July, 2019. What an exciting two years it has been and the future continues to be bright, which we’re grateful for.

When you start and are building a business, you put as much structure as possible into a “thing” that really is quite devoid of structure since there isn’t much going on in the beginning! Yes, you get your business entity set up, your website, proper insurance, a couple of team members, and you start to network to beat the band, but there are many, many things you hold off on creating until you have a need to create them.

That day has come, and that’s what the Ascent Plan at Millennium Geospatial is all about! We have mapped out nearly fifty initiatives that we have already started to implement and will continue to implement over the next 18 months. Some things take a day to create and implement and other things take many months. We shared the plan with the entire MGS team last week at our 1st annual team building event and are grateful to have some team members eager to help us shape iniatives that are particularly meaningful to them. We will update this post along the way as we hit milestones that the public may be interested in knowing about. #herewegrow!

PRESS RELEASE: Millennium Geospatial Hires John Schroeder, Promotes Taylor McMaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/7/2021
Kevin Maes
Millennium Geospatial
608.949.9005
kevin.maes@millenniumgeospatial.com

Millennium Geospatial Hires John Schroeder, Promotes Taylor McMaster

GIS consulting firm adds to staff to continue supporting a thriving client base

Madison, Wisconsin: On June 1, 2021, John Schroeder joined the Millennium Geospatial team as Director of Operations and Taylor McMaster was promoted to Director of Technology.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have John join our team in this leadership role. The Director of Operations is a newly created position within our organization and an incredibly integral part of our continued growth plan. John brings an energy and a skillset to the position that will benefit our team and our clients tremendously,” said Kevin Maes, VP of Engineering at Millennium Geospatial.

Schroeder brings over 15 years of experience leading teams to his new role and has extensive experience in telecom, logistics, and team building. He resides in Mitchell, South Dakota with his wife and 6 children.

“Taylor McMaster has been with our company since day one and this promotion to Director of Technology is well earned and deserved. Taylor has moved our company forward in the technology realm at a level and a pace that is not easy to do. Elevating Taylor to this leadership role will allow for our team to continue to innovate and support clients at a very high level,” said Mr. Maes.

McMaster has over 7 years of experience in the telecom industry and has made extensive GIS contributions in all roles. He resides in Denver, Colorado with his mini labradoodle, Wilson.

“The future is bright for companies willing to make the much needed investment in broadband around the globe. We have been, and continue to be, poised and positioned to support our clients in making a significant impact on the communities they serve,” said Mr. Maes.

About Millennium Geospatial: Established in 2019, Millennium Geospatial was developed to work in partnership with Broadband Service Providers, Telecommunication Construction Companies and Engineering Consultants to address their Data, Engineering, & Project Management needs with custom created field applications, dashboards, and data integration. With project experience in 40 of the 50 states as well as Canada, the Millennium Geospatial team has a deep understanding of the business challenges that their clients experience. Millennium Geospatial has positioned itself to work with their clients to provide GIS solutions that are unique to the needs of the client’s project and overall company goals.

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PRESS RELEASE: Millennium Geospatial Recognized As 2020 Emerging Partner By Esri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/3/2020
Kevin Maes
Millennium Geospatial
608.949.9005
kevin.maes@millenniumgeospatial.com

Millennium Geospatial Recognized As 2020 Emerging Partner By Esri

GIS consulting firm receives award from Esri co-founder Jack Dangermond during IMGIS Conference

Madison, Wisconsin: On October 28, 2020, Jack Dangermond, co-founder of Esri named Millennium Geospatial the winner of Emerging Partner at Esri IMGIS Conference 2020. The award recognizes Millennium Geospatial for its ongoing partnership and contributions to the Esri GIS community.

“We are extremely honored to receive this year’s Emerging Partner award from Mr. Dangermond and the entire Esri team. The Esri platform is the foundation for much of the work that we do with and for our mutual customers and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of leveraging cutting edge technology in powerful ways that are reshaping Internet access around the world,” said Kevin Maes, VP of Engineering at Millennium Geospatial.

“It’s an honor to receive the Emerging Partner Award from Esri in the first year of our partnership. Esri and our software engineers have worked closely to develop custom solutions to help legacy engineering firms and service providers collect and visualize data in real-time to accelerate network builds, marketing efforts, and communication with field crews in a way that is new to our industry. We plan to continue to leverage our relationship with Esri and be part of the change in Telecom engineering that helps to elevate the entire industry with our peers.”, said James Kyle, Founder & CEO of Millennium.

“This award is in recognition of being a valuable partner and supporting our GIS user community, we appreciate all the work that you do in making our customers successful,” said Mr. Dangermond.

“Job well done by you and the Millennium Geospatial team. Your partnership with Esri is extremely valuable. Thank you so much for all your hard work and congratulations!” said Susan Powell, Partner Executive, Utilities & Telecom at Esri.

The Esri IMGIS Conference 2020 was held virtually from October 27-30, 2020. Due to the virtual nature of this year’s conference, the partner awards were presented during the plenary session on day two of the conference and awards were mailed directly to recipient’s locations.

About Millennium Geospatial: Established in 2019, Millennium Geospatial was developed to work in partnership with Broadband Service Providers, Telecommunication Construction Companies and Engineering Consultants to address their Data, Engineering, & Project Management needs with custom created field applications, dashboards, and data integration. With project experience in 40 of the 50 states as well as Canada, the Millennium Geospatial team has a deep understanding of the business challenges that their clients experience. Millennium Geospatial has positioned itself to work with their clients to provide GIS solutions that are unique to the needs of the client’s project and overall company goals.

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The Internship Program At Millennium Geospatial

While there are more and more opportunities to study GIS in college, hands-on experience is an invaluable opportunity for any self-starter with curiosity and interest in maps and technology to try out a career in GIS. The Intern program at Millennium Geospatial was created to give people a paid opportunity to learn GIS and make a difference in communities where their projects are located.

Think about how time was/is spent during the pandemic of 2020. People around the globe have relied on an a daily Internet connection to connect with others personally and professionally. This quickly revealed where imporvement is needed for better access and connectivity. Many of our projects involve helping clients be a part of that solution.

Recently, several of our interns created a video to share what it’s like to work in GIS and on the Millennium Geospatial team. They did a great job producing this piece and we hope you find it informative and helpful.

Interested in learning more about the Millennium Geospatial internship opportunity? Click here to review the role description and learn where/how to apply!

FREE WEBINAR: WISP To FISP: 5 Things You Should Know

On Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10am Central, Kevin Maes from the Millennium Geospatial team, Josh Luthman from Imagine Networks LLC and Brad Morrow from CommScope will be presenting a free informational webinar titled:

WISP To FISP: 5 Things You Should Know

Millennium Geospatial worked with Josh to help build a new fiber network in Troy, OH. The information they will share on this webinar will be based on “we wish we had known/thought about this before…” and “based on what we know now…”. CommScope also brings valuable insight to this session from a materials standpoint. Some of the points that will be covered on the webinar include:

Click here to register for the webinar!

Kevin Maes brings 20+ years of outside plant engineering and construction experience to his role of VP of Engineering at Millennium Geospatial. Working with companies to generate and execute the best, most cost efficient plans for projects is what he enjoys most about his work. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn!

Josh Luthman brings over 13 years of experience as the owner, operator, and President of Imagine Networks LLC in rural Ohio. Connect with Josh on LinkedIn!

The Millennium Ecosystem

Millennium Geospatial exists to help aid Rural Utility Co-Ops, Wisps, Construction companies and Independent Network providers with their Engineering & Design needs. In a nutshell: we want to Connect Rural America. We’re putting a good dent in that goal – check out our every changing service map for current and past projects.

In addition to our services which include Feasibility Studies, Geospatial Engineering, Project Management and Records Integration, there are other ways that we are helping to Connect Rural America and we refer to this as The Millennium Ecosystem:

At Millennium, we’re more than a materials supplier. We’re redefining what a distributor means. As a nationwide distributor of fiber optic network materials that build telecommunication networks, Millennium offers a host of solutions to help providers. Examples include introducing new technologies that will make networks more reliable, managing project and material needs and the rental and leasing of capital equipment.

To learn about how WaveDirect Telecommunication – a Rural High Speed Internet carrier in Ontario, Canada worked with MGS and Millennium on a recent project by clicking here.

To discover how Imagine Networks – a High Speed Internet company in Ohio worked in conjunction with MGS and Millennium on a recent project, click here.

At Millennium Leasing, we can make capital equipment available to our customers so they can put their materials to work and keep projects moving on schedule. For example, WaveDirect Telecommunication – the company referenced above – obtained splicing training through Millennium Leasing at the office in Delevan, WI before investing in splicing equipment for the company.

Overall, it’s our goal to make an experience with Millennium Geospatial (or any of the companies within The Millennium Ecosystem) much more than a one-time, transactional thing. We are here to support and collaborate, to plan and to strategize, to engage and connect people with the best resources to meet their current and future needs. We believe that there is a lot of work to be done, and we’re all in this together. We’re proud to have a multifacited ecosystem to work within so that we can serve our customers well.

How To Use Zoom For Online Meetings

Online meetings are not a new concept in general, but they are a very new concept for millions of people around the world. In the telecom industry, there are many meetings to be had, and these meetings can happen virtually much of the time thanks to technology that has become inexpensive to obtain and easy to use.

We’ve used Zoom as well as Google Hangouts for meetings within our team as well as with prospects and clients and we find Zoom is software that just about everyone can figure out in the fastest amount of time and with the least amount of stress. With more and more companies having to take business 100% online for now, it’s important that everyone have a way to connect/feel connected. We wanted to share the steps for getting up and running with Zoom here in a blog post that we can easily share online with anyone who can benefit from the information. We hope this is helpful as you shift much of your daily office activities to the virtual environment.

Desktop Steps – If You Are Using A Computer/Laptop

1. Go to Zoom.us

2. Click/Enter This Info:

A screen will pop up asking you to confirm the email address you entered:

There will now be a message on the screen telling you to check your email inbox. There will be an email from Zoom to confirm your email address again – this will activate your new Zoom account:

Once you click on the “Activate Account” button in the email referenced above, you will be logged in to your new Zoom account. You will land on this screen where you need to enter your name and password you want to use when you log in to Zoom:

On the next screen you can invite other people to sign up for Zoom – not necessary at this point. Just click “Skip This Step”. Important Note: The person/people you meet with via Zoom DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A ZOOM ACCOUNT TOO. You will be sending them a link and/or a meeting id and they can use that info to enter YOUR meeting.

On the next screen, there will be a link. This is your meeting link. You can use it over and over. Go ahead and click the link on your screen now and “practice” using Zoom. We promise, you cannot break anything!

Copy/paste the link referenced above so you have it for future use. Important Note: You can access this link at any time by following these steps after you have an account:

1. Go to Zoom.us

2. Click “Sign In” in the top right corner of the screen.

3. Enter your email address and password to log in.

4. You should land on your personal profile and there link is right there.

Mobile Phone/IPad Steps – If You Are Using A Smartphone or A Tablet

Even if you set up your Zoom account on your computer, you should still download Zoom’s free app for your smartphone or tablet so you can meet on those devices if you wish. And even if you don’t plan to set up a Zoom account of your own, having the app installed will help you quickly join in the fun of someone else’s meeting when the opportunity presents itself.

First, find the app in the App Store. For iPhone, it looks like this:

Once you have installed the app, log in (if you already have an account) or click to set up a free account. Both options are on this next screen (“Sign Up” or “Sign In”):

If you are signing up, the next screen will look like this:

Once you enter the info, “Sign Up” in the tip right corner of the screen will become clickable. Once you click, a message will come up on the screen that you need to check your inbox for an email verifying your email address. There is a link in that email to Activate Your Account.

A few more things to note:

The free account is adequate for unlimited meetings of 2 log ins. So if you log in and your colleague logs in, you can meet for an unlimited amount of time. If there are 3 or more log ins to the meeting (at the same time), a free meeting is limited to 40 minutes.

Zoom was built for online business meetings but there is no reason it can’t be used for all gatherings, so be sure to share this information with anyone who can benefit from an online connection tool at this time.

Millennium Introduces Engineering Arm To Their Material Distribution And Rental/Leasing Portfolio

DELAVAN, WI: Millennium, a nationwide distributor of fiber optic network materials has announced the addition of Millennium Geospatial, an engineering & design company to their portfolio.

Millennium Geospatial will be focused on helping Rural Utility Co-operatives, Wisps, and Independent Network providers with their Engineering & Design needs.

In a statement, James Kyle, Founder and CEO of Millennium stated: “Our clients turn to Millennium for help in updating their existing networks and building new broadband networks. Millennium has always offered a host of solutions to help providers from introducing new technologies that will make their networks more reliable, managing their project and material needs, to the rental and leasing of capital equipment. It made sense to introduce an Engineering arm to our portfolio of products and services so that our clients can continue to rely on Millennium to bring the best possible solutions and services to help their business grow. Millennium can now provide an end-to-end solution in development to deployment of broadband networks. Our engineering solutions are built on scalable solutions and ready for the next generation of technology.”

Millennium Geospatial is headquartered in Madison, WI where they will offer a host of products and services to support the needs of network providers from beginning to end. They plan to offer the following:

For further information regarding Millennium or Millennium Geospatial, contact marketing@mymillennium.us or info@millenniumgeospatial.com.