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Rural tech awards – AOL honors 15 community leaders

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Applications are now being accepted for the second annual AOL Rural Telecommunications Leadership Awards.

Sponsored by the AOL Foundation and the National Center for Small Communities, the awards honor outstanding achievement in rural community technology development.

“America Online’s mission is to make the online medium the most empowering tool in our collective lives,” AOL chairman Steve Case said. “This is not possible unless all Americans – rural and urban – are able to experience the digital opportunity of the Internet Age.”

On September 1, five $10,000 winners and ten $2,000 finalists will be selected in the following categories: Infrastructure Technology; Public Access, Skills and Training; Community/Economic Development and Job Creation; Health Information and Services and Enhanced Disability Access; and Youth Development and Leadership.

Eligible community leaders will have enhanced rural telecommunications through public-private partnerships in communities with populations of 10,000 or under.

Further information and online applications can be found at NCSC’s Web site.

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