The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at Cayuga Community College in Auburn has no staff, no working website and is lapsed in its charitable status. The institute's board, however, says it's working toward the best solution for its future, though members are foggy on what that exactly means.
The approximately 15-year-old organization began as a nonprofit, focusing on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology under the leadership of former president Bob Brower. Brower retired from the post in August, leaving a six-member board, mostly made up of CCC staff plus two vacancies, to man the helm.
Some community members and local lawmakers are panicked with the ambiguity of the institute's future, and are worried that the program, which had partnerships with NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies, could disappear.