THE EARLY YEARS
Owner Linda Rockwood's technology career began with 12 years experience working as a systems designer and analyst for Eastman Kodak Co. and for W. R. Grace. A temporary assignment preparing and teaching technology workshops developed into a new passion, that of making technology less intimidating for "non-techies". Motherhood, combined with this new expertise, led Linda to become an independent sales representative for BrightIdeas, a Massachusetts-based distributor of high-quality educational software.
When Addison-Wesley purchased BrightIdeas and subsequently shut them down a year later, Linda used the “opportunity” to found NCTI in 1998, her technology integration consulting firm in the North Country region of New Hampshire. Her latest schooling and a one-year internship at a NH regional planning commission solidified Linda’s geographic information systems skills. Projects involving community planning and both economic and tourism development fueled the excitement of using GIS as a powerful analysis and communication tool. She has been an active promoter of spatial technologies ever since, by instructing and mapmaking, serving on program development committees, organizing a regional GIS Day celebration and forming a regional GIS user group in New Hampshire.
GROWTH AND EXPANSION
Linda founded Mohawk Valley GIS in 2003, upon returning back to New York state and continued to share her spatial technology passion with school districts, local governments and organizations as an independent consultant. Once the family nest had emptied, she jumped at the chance to get back into programming, combining her GIS expertise to develop promotional, interactive maps and trail apps. Demand increased and today Mohawk Valley GIS employs a mix of full time staff and college interns to provide technology and GIS services to businesses, governments and non-profit organizations.