If you live in Arizona, you might already have heard about the United Surveyors of Arizona (USOFAZ), who just recently launched their new membership association. Having lived in Arizona for 5 years at the beginning of the 21st century as a surveyor, I know a little bit about the drama that goes on around there in regards to surveying associations.But enough about that.
A little competition is healthy for the industry and may cause other Arizona surveying associations to take notice. I believe there are three of them now with fledglingUSOFAZ in the picture.
According to the USOFAZ website:
“The United Surveyors of Arizona (USOFAZ) is dedicated to enhancing the vocation, art, and science of surveying for the benefit of the profession and the public. USOFAZ shall promote trust and public awareness of professional surveyors while holding paramount education, outreach and high standards of professional ethics. The organization will be committed to the profession of surveying; the true merit of a profession is determined by the value of its services to society.”
Not too long ago, another association had started and it is still in operation today. The Southern Arizona Land Surveyors Alliance (SALSA) has been around for a few years now. They started because they didn’t like the direction that the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors (APLS) was going and they’ve gathered quite a following of members in their forum. Starting new surveying associations in Arizonaseems to be the trendy thing to do these days.
Anyway, my best wishes of luck go out to the USOFAZ team and its members.
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