Participants of 2007 Technology Minigrant Program were asked to vote on which of the projects they would like to see replicated in their own community.
First Place ... Wyoming County Project Lifesaver
The Wyoming County Family Resource Network choose to provide search and rescue equipment for citizens with brain disorders that would cause them to become dislocated, lost, or wander away. The money provided by the grant allowed the county to train emergency personnel as well as purchase tracking equipment. The mission of the group has sparked interest from the community and local churches and these groups are coming together to purchase additional tracking devices beyond the scope of the grant. Although they have yet to do a search and rescue since the project started it will prove to be a valuable service that will cut search and rescue time from days to minutes and result in saving lives and preventing accidents. This project is a great way for the community to service some of the most under serviced citizens.
The winning project team received a ticket and accommodations to attend the Create West Virginia Conference held at Snowshoe Mountain Resort held October 2008.
Second Place ... Diabetic E-Monitoring Project
Tug River Health Association, Inc. won second place for their Diabetic E-Monitoring project. The McDowell County team connected an educator via video phone and "Health Buddy" technologies with newly diagnosed diabetic patients to teach techniques of disease management and home self-monitoring of blood glucose. Their goals were better care and higher commitment from patients in regular monitoring of their blood glucose.
Third Place ... Reach Out Through Technology
Richwood High School saw a need to enhance community and school communication and chose to address this concern by purchasing an electronically displayed LED sign that would be highly visible. The purpose of this sign would be to advertise school and community events as well as business advertising. This project was warmly embraced by the community and business and as a result additional money was obtained and a bigger more visible sign was purchased. Richwood High School was able to leverage business, technology, and the community to provide a service that reaches out and informs the community’s residents. The value of this sign provides an additional medium to encourage local economic development as well as keep residents informed on community events. This project has proven itself to be a simple way to show the value of technology as well as being easily duplicated in other areas.
Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone (CAEZ)
Clay County's Safety Project provided video monitors at selected locations to make the community safer for citizens.
Mountain Hospice, Inc.
Caring for the Caregiver is a project produced a three-format (VCR, DVD, PowerPoint) educational presentation for use of primary caregivers and health care professionals who tend the terminally ill.
Barbour County Economic Development Authority and Mountain Partners in Economic Development
The Technology Development Youth Initiative launched technology-based projects through education, which provided coordination and development of solutions to community-based problems.
Lincoln County Economic Development Authority
Creation of a Lincoln County Website and Online Community provides residents and other site visitors with one-stop access for everything that is Lincoln County.
Stop Abusive Family Environments, Inc. (SAFE)
SAFE's Technology for Marketing project provided education for McDowell County groups to market their products and services.
Barbour County CDC and KinetiX, Inc.
The Digital Presentation Program produced an educational DVD showing the importance of using video in communications. KinetiX, Inc. offers affordable multi-media services available to rural WV organizations.
Tri-County Child Advocacy and Nicholas County Family Resource Network
Let's Keep It Confidential provided private FCC frequencies and required equipment which was needed to protect confidential interviews conducted with abused children from interception from unauthorized devices.
Mt. Vernon Elementary School
Elementary Research in the Digital World expanded available computer equipment, software and peripherals to allow use of the existing Intelliboard. This access enhancement allowed grade 3 to 5 students to present research projects to classmates and adult judging panels.