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West Hartford Resident Honored For “Interesting, Unusual” Computerized Maps

For immediate release
June 24, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, West Hartford resident Al Sylvestre has been named runner-up in a computerized map design competition sponsored by Pitney Bowes MapInfo of Stamford and Troy, NY.

Sylvestre, a Research Analyst with the Connecticut Department of Labor, was recognized in the   “Interesting and Unusual” category. His maps, designed to help illustrate why the Submarine Base in Groton should be kept open, made use of Pitney Bowes’ MapInfo Professional and StreetPro software.

Using the software, Sylvestre took census and state agency-developed data to show population density, housing availability and commute times the Groton area. The data was also produced for similar maps showing the Norwich-New London; Jacksonville, FL, and Norfolk/Newport News, Va. areas that were competing for the submarine base operations.

The maps, provided to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, show employment-entry and job-retention related services such as training programs, transit routes and child day care. They also illustrate the conditions that worked in Connecticut’s favor to reverse the Submarine base decision. This includes housing vacancy rates to help note the availability of places where base employees could live, as well as commute times to show that a higher proportion of workers around the Groton base have shorter commutes.

Winners were selected by email vote that involved the international MapInfo user community.  Awards were presented May 21 at a luncheon held during MapInfo’s MapWorld 2008 international users’ conference at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. 

In addition to being recognized by the international GIS community, Sylvestre’s maps were also selected as part of a month-long display honoring national geography held this past November at the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

The display, coordinated by the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems Council, was an initiative comprised of members representing municipalities, state and regional planning agencies, and the Department of Higher Education, and chaired by the Commissioner of State Department of Information Technology.

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