EAST Initiative Receives Award at ESRI GIS Conference


EAST Initiative Receives Award at ESRI GIS Conference
8/15/2013 4:43:45 PM

EAST Initiative receives Special Achievement Award for exceptional application of geography technology.

San Diego, California—July 14, 2010—The EAST Initiative, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas,  received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award today at the 30th Annual Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California. The non-profit organization received the honor for its vision and leadership in providing meaningful school learning opportunities featuring technical training in GIS (geographic information system) as well as other cutting-edge technologies. EAST was selected from more than 300,000 organizations worldwide.

The EAST® Initiative assists schools in Arkansas and throughout the country in establishing and maintaining EAST classrooms, which focus on student-driven service projects achieved through teamwork, collaboration and state-of-the-art technology. Many EAST classrooms include GIS  technology, and EAST coordinates Esri GIS software licensing and training for Arkansas K-12 schools statewide. As a result, EAST students have served their schools and communities by mapping school evacuation and bus routes, fire hydrant locations, and emergency helicopter landing sites, as well as for documenting and researching environmental issues such as bat white noise syndrome, flood hazard and storm drain marking.

"We created the Special Achievement in GIS Award to recognize our users' extraordinary contributions to global society," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "Each year, I look forward to being part of this ceremony; it's a tradition that has gained great meaning and importance for professionals in the GIS industry."

GIS combines computer hardware; software; data; and, most importantly, people to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information. Virtually any information can be linked to a geographic location, helping people see that information as part of a complete picture. With GIS, users can view relationships, processes, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. Whether they are responding to a natural disaster, growing a business, or sharing information with the public, GIS helps them solve problems and make smart decisions. More than one million people worldwide rely on GIS to learn and plan geographically.

Organizations being honored at the Esri UC, the world's largest GIS event, span countries and industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities. More information about the 2010 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, are available at www.esri.com/sag.


EAST Initiative President/CEO Matt Dozier and Jerry Prince, EAST Senior Director of Program Services.


Jerry Prince and Matt Dozier.


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