Since the creation of PaMAGIC in 1996 it seemed logical to have some official coordinating body where public, private, and academic interests could coalesce but with some level of authority. We tried a state-centered coordinating body with PAGIC that worked for a little while. The events of September 11, 2001 made the benefits of pooled skills and data very obvious, after which PAGIC and PaMAGIC worked more closely together. The PAMAP Program required all hands for standards and promotion, and demonstrated the benefits of statewide data development and a big vision, but suffered from the lack of an overarching structure.
The Legislative History brief in this section documents the various attempts at legislative solutions, each having different champions and opponents, and each with a slightly different structure. The legislative session of 2013-14 brought success and resulted in Act 178 to create the State Geospatial Coordinating Board (aka GeoBoard) as an advisory board to the Governor. Interestingly, the legislation was introduced in January 2013 as the session began and finally passed the last voting day in November 2014.
You can learn more about the Geoboard at its official website.