HAYS, KS -- Nominations are open for the 2000 Telecommunications Success Story Awards presented by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University.
This year's winners will be recognized at the Tri-State Initiative 2000 Economic Development Conference and Governor's Summit in Curtis, NE, on Sept. 13 and 14.
The Docking Institute began its annual recognition of successes in the field of telecommunications enterprises success stories from Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska in 1993. Last year's success stories were the Hamilton County, NE, Information Task Force Strategic Plan, Colorado's Arkansas Valley Technology Project and the North Central Kansas Community Network.
Case studies developed from these success stories are published and distributed nationally. The awards honor innovative businesses and community/public organizations for their implementation of telecommunications and information technologies.
The Docking Institute is introducing a new category this year, "Lone Eagles," a term coined by the Center for the New West and defined, in part, as "knowledge workers who use modern telecomputing technologies to live and/or work away from the markets they serve; and, often, the suppliers that serve them. Lone Eagles are job creators, not just job-takers. In addition, Lone Eagles often export their services, bringing new revenues into the community, and they don't require tax abatements, subsidies or other lures."
Winners are selected based on the impact of their innovative efforts on behalf of rural citizens as seen through job creation, individual access to information networking, and rural links that ease the friction of distance, enlarging community resource bases in government, business, education, or medicine.
A few jobs in a small community may weigh as heavily as many jobs created in a more populated location.
In addition to Lone Eagles, nominations are sought in three other categories: private businesses, community/public entity and telecommunications company community partner.
Nomination forms are available from the Docking Institute, (785) 628-5949, or via the World Wide Web at www.fhsu.edu/docking. Completed nomination forms must be submitted by July 1, 2000.