New Grant Program Seeks Innovative Solutions for Vacant Property Revitalization (ESRI)
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New Grant Program Seeks Innovative Solutions for Vacant Property Revitalization (ESRI)

ESRI, Magellan, and NVPC Offer $50,000 in GIS Software and GPS Hardware Grants to Help Local Governments Improve Data Collection and Productivity

October 5, 2006 -- Redlands, California—ESRI, the leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) software; Magellan, a leading GPS navigation and positioning innovator; and the National Vacant Properties Campaign (NVPC) announce the National Vacant and Abandoned Properties Grant Program.

The goal of this grant program is to foster innovative approaches to solving government problems through the combined use of GIS and GPS technology. Projects must demonstrate one of two things related to vacant property revitalization efforts: Increased efficiency in data collection for decision support or increased productivity in delivering government services. ESRI and Magellan software, hardware, and training grants totaling $50,000 will be awarded to 10 state, regional, or local governments in the United States.

The grants offer Magellan GPS/GIS devices, and ESRI software and training. Applications for the ESRI, Magellan, and NVPC grant program will be accepted beginning October 3, 2006. The official deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m., Pacific time, December 1, 2006. Awards will be announced December 11, 2006.

To learn more about the ESRI, Magellan, and NVPC grant program and other grants sponsored by ESRI, we encourage you to visit the ESRI grants Web site.

To learn more about National Vacant Properties Campaign, visit

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About Magellan
Magellan is a leader in the consumer, survey, GIS, and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets. Recognized as an industry innovator, the company is the creator of the award-winning Magellan® RoadMate™ series portable car navigation systems; the Magellan eXplorist™ outdoor handheld navigation devices; the Hertz® NeverLostSM car navigation system; and ProMark™, the best-selling single frequency GPS survey product line on the market. The company is privately held and headquartered in San Dimas, California. To learn more, visit

About NVPC
The National Vacant Properties Campaign exists to provide everyone—individuals, advocates, government agencies, developers, nonprofit organizations, and others—with information resources, tools, and assistance to support their vacant property revitalization efforts. The campaign is a project of Smart Growth America (SGA), Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech. Visit NVPC at

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