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Award-winning Accelerate Virginia
Taken from Governor's Technology Awards External Site
Written By COVITS
September 26, 2011
Accelerate Virginia has won a Governor's Technology Award for IT as Economic Development Driver. The award recognizes the innovative use of technology to promote economic development in the area served. This category seeks the most innovative strategies which leverage information technology to further economic development initiatives.

AccelerateVirginia is a statewide initiative of eCorridors that seeks to engage and educate the public regarding broadband availability in Virginia. Targeted campaigns collect consumer Internet service details, and the electronic marketing campaign leverages GIS tools for collecting information volunteered from end users through an enhanced version of the eCorridors speed test application. See

Accelerate Virginia Team at COVITS 2011
Secretary of Technology James Duffey, Seth Peery, Jarrod Rife, Jean Plymale, Patrick Fay, and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Sam Nixon
Photo by Charlie Reilly, VITA
eCorridors produces value-added mapping products and report generation tools. As an economic development tool, Accelerate Virginia can be used to assess availability, affordability, and quality of Internet services in regions and communities wishing to attract clean industry businesses, and the associated creative workforce.

The award was presented at COVITS on Sept. 26. Winners are posted on