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March 25, 1997

Mr. Wally Bowen
Executive Director
Mountain Area Information Network
34 Wall Street, Suite 407
Asheville, NC 28801

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Dear Mr. Bowen:

ESRI is pleased to support the Mountain Area Information Network's Media and Democracy Project by providing in-kind support of our GIS software, training, and GIS Web Server technologies. We understand that this technology will support your public access terminals in public libraries and remote community centers throughout Western North Carolina.

Based on your estimate of having 100 public access terminals in place by the end of the 24-month project and conditional on your completing the required training and review procedures for our in-kind program and web technology support, ESRI would be able to provide support valued at up to $200,000. I understand that this donation qualifies as "cash match" support, according to the guidelines of the Telecommunications Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP).

As you know, ESRI is committed to making GIS technologies more widely available, and to putting geographic information in the hands of average citizens. MAIN appears well-positioned to advance this goal via its "Citizen Access to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure" project funded last year by the U.S. Geological Survey.

With this background, and with ESRI's support, we hope MAIN's Media and Democracy Project will help the citizens of Western North Carolina learn more about their special part of the world and have greater input into policy decisions affecting their lives. Best of luck with the project, and let us know when you're ready to start.

Jack Dangermond 
President, ESRI


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