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Friday, July 20, 2012 - Dr. Brett Cascio Receives SWLA Alliance Edge Award

At the July 13th Technology Conference lunch program, the Alliance Technology Council awarded this year's Edge Awards.  The Edge Awards are given to individuals and companies nominated because of key innovations and/or technology management projects and accomplishments that merit recognition from their peers.  The Awards fall into three categories: Innovator, Most Valuable Professional, and Educational Technology. 

The Innovator Award recognizes an individual, company or institution which has successfully used technology to meet business and technical objectives within their organization or within the community.  This year’s recipient was Dr. Brett M. Casio of Orthopaedics Specialists of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. He specializes in orthopaedic surgery, and medico-legal and biotech consulting.  He co-founded the Hip Center of Louisiana at Memorial in 2011 in order to promote the most cutting edge, high-tech medical innovations in the area of hip preservation.  He leads by example, focusing on excellence in patient care, education, incorporation of technology and research. His goal is to provide the latest in high-quality data-driven medical care through innovation, technology, research, and expertise.

The Most Valuable Professional Award recognizes an individual within the technology community who has demonstrated a clear vision and mission, and acts as a mentor to individuals entering the tech industry.  This year’s recipient was Toby Leger of InfoTech who provided his expertise and advice in developing virtual meeting formats for the members of the Chamber SWLA committees so that members living and working outside a short commuting distance from the Chamber offices may attend meetings through the use of computer-based technology.

The Educational Technology Award recognizes a company or institution, or individual that is using technology to deliver or manage educational programs, expand and promote the use of technology within a community development network, or to promote logical problem-solving techniques using educational technologies.  This year’s recipient was Loretta Gharst of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library. 

From the presentation of the Educational Technology Award: “The thirteen branches of the library are hubs, centers of activities, interests, and information.  The library strives to help residents make informed decisions and continue learning throughout their lives.  Recognizing the public’s dependence on the library for enjoyment in good times, as well as for support and information in times of natural, economic, or personal crisis, the library has adopted a mission of transliteracy (reading, writing, and digital competency) for patrons of all ages.  As a result, among the more than 1,000,000 items checked out from the library in 2011, thousands were from a digital collection that includes audiobooks on tape and CD, downloadable ebooks, DVDs, and Playaway Views, which are self-contained video devices for children.”

The Technology Council is a volunteer driven council of the Alliance Foundation which is responsible for developing policies and programming which will provide the greater utilization of technologies in business growth and development as a cornerstone of regional economic development, both as an industry unto itself and as a tool for businesses of all sizes.

The Alliance Foundation is part of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance along with the Chamber Southwest and the Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development.

Picture Caption:   Recipients were Loretta Gharst of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library (2nd from left, pictured with Dr. Gabriel Morley, the Library's New Director), Toby Leger of InfoTech, and Dr. Brett M. Cascio of Orthopaedic Specialists of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

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