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Named Invaluable Project Impact Partner

Esri Receives Model Corporate Partner Award from FEMA

Project Impact logoFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director James Lee Witt recognized Esri, a Project Impact corporate partner, for its outstanding efforts and contributions to Project Impact: Building Disaster-Resistant Communities. Esri was among 16 award recipients honored at the Second Annual Project Impact Summit in Washington, D.C., December 15, 1999.

Esri received the Project Impact Model Corporate Partner award. FEMA chose the recipients from approximately 200 Project Impact communities nationwide and more than 1,100 corporate partners. FEMA's Project Impact is an initiative focused on promoting local preventive measures that will help reduce the loss of lives and property during disaster events.

"Esri has made a significant commitment to encourage the use of GIS in communities across the country," said Witt.

Jack Dangermond with FEMA Director James Lee Witt (right)
Jack Dangermond with FEMA Director James Lee Witt (right).

In June 1999, Esri formed a national partnership with Project Impact. As part of the agreement, Esri provides multihazard maps and information via the Internet.

To date, Esri's contributions to Project Impact are valued at more than $500,000. In addition to providing software and training to four Project Impact Community Challenge Grant winners, Esri is incorporating the concepts and purposes of hazard identification, risk assessment, and damage prevention into educational materials for use in primary and secondary schools as well as in colleges and universities.

Jack Dangermond, president of Esri, also announced that all 200 Project Impact communities, state emergency management officials, and FEMA regional offices will receive a copy of ArcView GIS 3.2 under the Project Impact agreement.

For more information, contact Dana Leipold, Esri Federal Group (tel.: 909-793-2853, ext. 1-1443).

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