EAST Initiative Wins 2006 Innovator Award

   

EAST Initiative Wins 2006 Innovator Award
8/9/2013 3:58:37 PM

The EAST Program was presented with a 2006 Innovator Award from Southern Growth Policies Board on June 4, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of the Southern Innovation Summit conference. Louisiana Governor Blanco presented Edward Darbonne, with the Innovator award for the state of Arkansas at the opening session of the conference.

 

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - The Environmental and Spatial Technology Program was presented with a 2006 Innovator Award from Southern Growth Policies Board on June 4, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of the Southern Innovation Summit conference. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco presented Edward Darbonne, President and CEO of the program, with the Innovator award for the state of Arkansas at the opening session of the conference. The Southern Innovation Summit focused on creating a Southern culture of knowledge, where learning and innovation are primary social values and in developing strategies for increasing innovation as part of the South's economic growth policies.

Each year, Southern Growth Policies Board honors innovative Southern initiatives that are improving the quality of life in the region. The 2006 Innovator Awards were chosen in the context of creating a Southern culture of innovation and in using technology to increase the region's competitiveness.
Awards were presented one organization in each of Southern Growth's member states - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico - and were chosen from among more than 200 regional nominations.

The Environmental and Spatial Technology program, known as EAST initiative, is a nonprofit that organizes technology-intensive service-learning programs for K-12 students in the state of Arkansas as well as California, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi. More than 230 schools participate in the EAST initiative and the program has been nationally recognized as an innovative approach to education that delivers relevant and life-changing experiences for students.

EAST students perform service projects in teams that benefit their communities while learning new technologies and problem solving skills. EAST students routinely interact with hardware and software in animation, computer-aided design, engineering, visualization, database and web page design, programming, office automation, digital filmmaking, virtual reality, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems. The students learn to become creative, intuitive, adaptable learners who can solve unpredictable, real-world problems.

About Southern Growth Policies Board

Southern Growth Policies Board is a public policy think tank based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Formed by the region's governors in 1971, Southern Growth Policies Board develops and advances visionary economic development policies by providing a forum for collaboration among a diverse cross-section of the region's governors, legislators, business and academic leaders and the economic and community development sectors. Southern Growth provides its members, and the region, with authoritative research, discussion forums and pilot projects in the areas of technology and innovation, globalization, workforce development, community development, civic engagement and leadership. To learn more about Southern Growth Policies Board, visit http://www.southern.org/.

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