Neighborhood America Wins Statewide Recognition for Excellence in IT Leadership with 2008 Award

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Neighborhood America wins Excellence in IT Leadership award by ITFlorida. The statewide competition recognizes notable achievement in the information technology industry within Florida. The company's enterprise software solution ELAvate is advancing both public and private sectors nationwide, enabling organizations to leverage the Web to engage citizens in meaningful interaction to solve problems and create value.

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The high caliber of companies attending is an indication of the continued effort by ITFlorida to ensure there is an environment for public and private high-tech companies to prosper. We are happy to be seen as leaders within the State.

Neighborhood America is proud to announce that it has received ITFlorida's 2008 Award for Excellence in IT Leadership for the Southwest region. The award is among a handful of prestigious recognitions given out annually that spotlight notable achievement in the information technology industry within Florida.

'This year's Gala was like no other before it,' said Jim Albert, Chair of ITFlorida. "We had a record number of nominations in 2008 and an exceptionally strong line up of finalists. With our speakers from earlier in the day -- including incoming Senate President Jeff Atwater; Terry Tamminen, former California EPA Secretary; David Taylor, CIO of the State of Florida; State Sen. Jeremy Ring; and U.S. Small Business Administrator Sandy Baruah -- we were able to cover our most current and relevant topics and couldn't have asked for better recognition of Florida's innovators from our public sector."

Neighborhood America was recognized for its technological innovation which has served to advance both public and private sectors nationwide, with particular emphasis on the State of Florida. The award follows this week's launch of http://www.FLamendments.org, which Neighborhood America developed for the Collins Center for Public Policy. The site, intended to better educate the public on the social and economic issues facing the state and engage citizens in discussions through Web 2.0 technologies, is a showcase for how the public sector can facilitate interaction with today's constituents.

"We were honored to win this prestigious award within the State of Florida," said Dan Miller, Neighborhood America's Executive Vice President who was present at the Gala and received the award on the company's behalf. "The high caliber of companies attending is an indication of the continued effort by ITFlorida to ensure there is an environment for public and private high-tech companies to prosper. We are happy to be seen as leaders within the State."

About Neighborhood America
Neighborhood America's ELAvate solution was named the software industry's 'best social networking solution' for enterprises, honored with the 2008 Codie Award. ELAvate enables companies to build online and mobile communities to engage consumers, facilitate ongoing dialogue around their brand, and gain continued business intelligence. Governments, media companies and big brands alike rely on Neighborhood America for its award-winning technology and commitment to guide them through the entire community-building process - from strategy, through implementation, to ultimate success. Learn how your company can gain a competitive advantage by visiting: http://www.neighborhoodamerica.com.

About ITFlorida
ITFlorida is an umbrella, not-for-profit, membership organization that represents Florida's diverse information technology communities on a statewide basis. ITFlorida was formed in October 2001 after the dissolution of the Information Service Development Technology Task Force (IT Task Force), which focused on developing state policies to enable Florida to compete in the information age. ITFlorida built on the momentum of the IT Task Force and fills the need for a single statewide advocacy organization to represent Florida's IT-related technology sectors. It is organized to provide its members with access to lawmakers, businesses, capital, and domestic and international technology leaders. More information is available at http://www.itflorida.com.

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