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11 IIJJIl 50- CAPE GAZE'FrE- Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 Geographic information systemconference set for april 22-23 Registration is now open for Delaware's annual geographic information system conference, Delaware GIS 2008: A Spatial Network, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p:m., Wednesday, April 23, at the Sheraton Hotel and Confererice Center in Dover. Registration and continental breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The conference will feature opening keynote speaker Mark Cleverly of IBM and closing cap- stone speaker Joseph Kerski of geographic information system (GIS) software maker ESRI. Between the two speakers is a full agenda of presentations and dis- cussions on the use of GIS and geospatial data in all aspects of government, education, business and society. Cleverly specializes in the emerging strategic business and technology needs of government organizations and will speak about the potentials, challenges and best practices in the evolving use of new technologies. Kerski, who has created get-enabled curriculum materials as well as written widely and given workshops, will share his message on transforming teaching through the use of geot- echnologies. GIS is a computer-based map- ping tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets, buildings, water Soldiers nominate Delaware employers for Freedom Awards Thirteen Delaware National Guardsmen and Reservists nomi- nated their employers to receive the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. gov- ernment's highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. The FreedomAward is particularly sig- nificant because only members of the National Guard and Reserve or their family members are permit- ted to nominate employers for the award. The following employers were nominated by their employees for the award: Brenford RTC, Capano Management, Delaware State Police, Delaware Transit Corp., Dover Downs,. Dragon Hill Lodge, FedEx Kinko's, Hercules Inc., i.g. Burton, IPC International Inc., New Castle County, USPFO for Delaware and the Veterans Administration Hospital. A total of 2,199 National Guard and Reserve members from across the country nominated their employers for their outstanding support. Many, for example, pro- vided continued benefits, differen- tial pay family assistance and additional support. A national selection board com- posed of senior Department of Defense officials and business leaders will select up to 15 recipi- ents for this year's award. The department will announce the 2008 Freedom Award recipients this summer. The 2008 Freedom Awards will be presented Sept. 18, in Washington, D.C. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 that seeks to promote a cul- ture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employ- ees. The Freedom Award was insti- tuted in 1996 under the auspices of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize excep- tional support from the employer community. Previous honorees include American Express, General Motors, Sears, The Home Depot, the state of Tennessee and the fam- ily owned Augustine & Sons farm in Rose Hill, Iowa. st State Homes, Inc. This 1600 sq. ft. ranch w/attached 2 car garage can be built on your lot for $137,900 Includes: well & standard septic central air/heat dishwasher 2xS exterior wells, all permits sidewalk & stone drive +much more Other ranches, capes & 2 stories aveilable. Call for information 302-703-2697 features and terrain, and turns it ply directed to homes, the patrol into visual layers. The ability to cars and fire trucks that keep see geographic features on a map neighborhoods safe, and the deliv- gives users a better understanding ery trucks on the road all function of a particular location, enabling more efficiently because of GIS. planners, analysts and others to This technology can also help make informed decisions about their communities. GIS is used daily throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, healthcare, land use, business efficiency, education and public safety. The power sup- businesses place automatic teller machines and restaurants at more convenient locations, allow people to pull maps off the internet and help farmers grow more crops with less chemicals. In addition to the full-day con- ference, preconference technical workshops will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the Sheraton. A post-conference activity, Pirate Get-caching at Blackbird Creek Reserve, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 24, at the reserve near Smyrna. To register or for more informa- tion on Delaware GIS 2008: A Spatial Network, visit II