ESRI president receives 2004 GITA Lifetime Achievement Award

Redlands, Calif., May 14, 2004 — ESRI President Jack Dangermond was unanimously chosen to receive the 2004 Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) Lifetime Achievement Award. The distinguished award, established this year, recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions and long-standing commitment to the geospatial industry.

“This is a tremendous honor for me, my colleagues at ESRI, and the ESRI user community as a whole,” says ESRI President Jack Dangermond. “I believe that receiving this award reflects the accomplishments ESRI users have made over the decades. Geographic information system (GIS) users make a difference in their organizations, communities, and our world, and GIS technology enables them to do groundbreaking, innovative work. Their contributions have helped make GIS a ubiquitous technology, used by more people and organizations around the globe today than at any other time.”

In his 35 years of professional practice, Jack Dangermond has created solution-based methods and GIS tools to help people organize and apply spatial data and analysis. Jack Dangermond’s lifelong commitment has been, and continues to be, to help people make better, more informed

Using a rigorous set of criteria, a specially appointed panel of experts consisting of geospatial users, solution providers, academia, publishing, government, and business carefully evaluated a select group of nominees for this prestigious award.

According to the GITA award outline, “Candidates included those whose pioneering spirit and demonstrated dedication have contributed greatly to the geospatial industry and whose example serves as an inspiration to others.” Nominations were open to any current or former member of the
geospatial community.

The award was presented Monday, April 26, 2004, at GITA’s 27th Annual Conference. This year’s event will run April 25-28 and be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, Washington. GITA is a nonprofit educational association serving the global geospatial community.

About ESRI

For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities nationwide. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in
more than 90 countries, and more than 1,600 business partners. ESRI’s goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a difference in the world around them. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. ESRI can be found on the Web at

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