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U.S. Celebrates World Standards Day 2003 with Focus on “Building Global Security”

ESRI President Jack Dangermond receives Ron Brown Standards Leadership Award and Serves as U.S. World Standards Day 2003 Honorary Chair

Washington, DC, Sep 30, 2003

More than 200 members of the standards and conformity assessment community convened for the 2003 U.S. World Standards Day (WSD) exhibit, dinner and celebration this evening at the United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, DC. The ceremony included the presentation of the prestigious Ron Brown Standards Leadership Award to ESRI President Jack Dangermond in recognition of his support for U.S. standardization efforts.

“It is a tremendous privilege to serve as honorary chairman for this very prestigious, important event,” said Dangermond. “ESRI and the geographic information system (GIS) community as a whole are committed to designing and implementing technology and data standards. Our efforts, along with the work of others in both the public and private sectors, will help encourage the further deployment of national and international standards for security and emergency planning. This is a great opportunity to celebrate standardization efforts.”

The award Dangermond received was named in honor of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, who died in a plane crash while on a trade mission to Central Europe.

“Jack Dangermond is a visionary committed to finding solutions and creating opportunities through GIS technology,” said International Code Council (ICC) CEO James Lee Witt, former director of FEMA during the Clinton Administration. “His dedication to the work and his partners is reflected in the unparalleled success and respect that ESRI garners.”

"This event is a joint effort between the private and public sectors," said ANSI president and CEO Mark Hurwitz. "I believe there are few other venues where one will be introduced to such a diversity of backgrounds, industry sectors and affiliations."

The aim of World Standards Day is to raise the awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

The U.S. celebration World Standards Day is a joint effort between the private and public sector. This year's World Standards Day events were coordinated and funded by the World Standards Day Committee, consisting of representatives from more than 50 major companies, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The Committee was co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the 2003 Administrating Organization was the International Code Council.

To view Dangermond's presentation, click here.

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