Welcome and thanks for joining me here at Northwest Spatial Solutions.  My name is Leigh Holcombe, and I started this site shortly after receiving my graduate certificate in GIS from the University of Washington in Seattle.  I have experience with cartography, spatial analysis, programming, and web development, and I’ve dabbled in just about every aspect of the modern GIS workflow.  Although my main experience has been with ESRI’s ArcGIS, I have also worked with other spatial solutions, such as QGIS, PostGIS, MapInfo, and others.

The goal of this website is to share solutions with other users.  I was raised in the Linux community to believe that the less time we spend spinning our wheels over tiny problems, the more time we can spend doing amazing things with computers.  Bugs and incompatibilities and software aracana are painful to track down and work around – why would I want someone else to go through the same troubles I’ve already sweated through?  Honestly, I’ve gotten help from the giants who came before me as well – I owe it to the community to give back and keep the circle turning.  It’s the principle of optimistic exchange: I give in hopes that one day I will receive.

Originally, this site was focused on the GIS community of the US Pacific Northwest.  Since then, as I have traveled across the continent, I have realized that GIS knows no bounds, and neither should its community.  The geospatial problems encountered in Alabama are the same as the problems in Oregon and Delaware.

If you find something on this site that is helpful to you, please do me a favor and let others know.  Likewise, if you find an error, or have a suggestion, please let me know.  Commenting on posts is welcome, please try to maintain a professional demeanor.

Thank you,