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For immediate release - September 23, 2005

Lake County donates 27 computers to community centers

TAVARES — Lake County Government donated 27 surplus computers Thursday morning to three community groups.

At a government facility in Tavares housing surplus computer equipment, employees from the offices of Procurement Services, Information Technology, the Department of Community Services and the Clerk of the Courts handed out the retired computers to the Yalaha Community Club, Forest Hills Association and Okahumpka Community Center.

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Community Enhancement Coordinator Bill Gearing hands one of 10 donated Lake County Government computers to Angela Kahan of the Yalaha Community Club.

“These computers no longer satisfy the range of application requirements for Lake County Government,” said Steve Earls, Director of the Office of Information Technology. “The surplus computers were replaced this past budget year. They are not suitable for newer applications, but they are adequate for lower-end programs such as word processing.”

According to the Office of Procurement Services, the computers ranging in processing speeds between 300 and 500 megahertz could fetch only about $20 apiece at an auction. While the computers may not be suitable for government work, they are a godsend for community groups looking to gather resources for fledgling neighborhood programs.

Ed Luning, Lake County Fixed Asset Coordinator, gathered missing components from various surplus computers to ensure that each system was complete with monitors and keyboards. These computers will be put to good use in the communities of Yalaha, Okahumpka and Forest Hills.

“We’re going to use these to try to get an after-school program out there for the kids,” said Angela Kahan of the Yalaha Community Club.

The initiative to allocate the surplus computers to community groups was headed by Bill Gearing, Community Enhancement Coordinator for the Department of Community Services. In its initial year, the Community Enhancement Program is in the process of awarding a grant to one community as a Community Enhancement Area (CEA). The program is a neighborhood-based effort designed to assist low-income, unincorporated Lake County communities to improve and beautify their neighborhoods.

“This is a good example of how Lake County Government is trying to make a positive impact for communities,” Gearing said. “These may not be the greatest of computers, but for these community groups they don’t have much.”

To learn more about the CEA program and how other community groups can receive donated Lake County Government computers, call Gearing at (352) 343-1864.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

 
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