Friday, April 17, 2015

SSC-born company hits big time

A technology company founded in South Mississippi to help coordinate resources and teams after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 now is the exclusive partner to provide technical support for all Google Geo Products, including Google Maps Engine, Google Maps API and Google Earth Enterprise. Navigas, started at Stennis Space Center, was co-founded by Ben Hubbard and David Moore, both Mississippi State graduates. The company is now headquartered in San Francisco, with a home office in Jackson, Miss. "In a very short period of time, Navagis grew from a small Mississippi tech startup to a global corporation chosen by Google, the most-recognized company in geospatial technology," said Craig Harvey, president of the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS), a cluster of geospatial industries, universities and state and federal agencies along the northern Gulf Coast. "Navagis exemplifies the goals of the EIGS cluster that was started by the state of Mississippi and NASA 16 years ago to grow a geospatial industry which includes thought leaders and front-runner companies," Harvey said. (Source: Sun Herald, 04/16/15)