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Minneapolis Emergency Operations Training Facility a finalist for Tekne award

Minnesota High Tech Association recognizes technological innovation and excellence

Oct. 18, 2011 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named the City of Minneapolis as a finalist in the Technology Excellence in a Nonproft Organization category for the 2011 Tekne Awards, which will be held Nov. 3. The Tekne Awards recognize Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership.

The City is being recognized for its Emergency Operations Training Facility/Strategic Information Center (EOTF/SIC) that brings technology and information together to make Minneapolis a safer place. At the facility, technology, digital data, streaming video and highly interactive interfaces come together in one highly efficient communication center for the city.

The Minneapolis Fire Department, Police Department, and Emergency Management division opened the EOTF/SIC in August 2010 as a place where they and other emergency responders could coordinate more closely than had ever been possible before. The facility recently demonstrated its effectiveness during the response to the May 22 tornado that struck north Minneapolis.The multi-purpose building also provides training space for emergency responders.

Presented by the MHTA, the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management. A full list of finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org.

Recipients of the 2011 Tekne Awards will be announced at the award ceremony on Nov. 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. To register for the 2011 Tekne Awards ceremony, visit www.tekneawards.org or contact Kathy Marsh at 952-230-4554 or kmarsh@mhta.org.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through public policy advocacy, member collaboration and education, and community outreach. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. MHTA works in partnership with TechAmerica, which represents Minnesota's technology organizations nationally. Find out more online at www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.

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Published Oct 18, 2011

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