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Virginia's Retreat Awards Merge Interactive Group State-wide Tourism Project

Virginia's Retreat Awards Merge Interactive Group State-wide Tourism Project

Virginia's Retreat offers an unprecedented historical driving tour experience through some the most pristine, untouched locations in the nation. Merge Interactive was awarded the contract to market that experience through an innovative Web presentation.

(PRWEB) February 15, 2003

Richmond, VA — February 18, 2002 — In a move to upgrade their Web presence, Virginia's Retreat awarded a major interactive Web-based tourism project to Richmond's Merge Interactive, a division of Merge Computer Group, Incorporated. Virginia's Retreat, a tourism-marketing consortium encompassing South-Central Virginia, promotes two Civil War driving trails and many other outdoor recreational attractions that span that area of the state.

The new site will give Web visitors the ability to explore some of Virginia's richest historical landmarks and recreational spots through the use of animated maps, 360-degree photography, and interactive tourism information. Users will explore battlefields, view local restaurant information, and research accommodations. The project will commence in February and will take three months to complete, with the new site launching in the late spring of 2003.

Ed Gooding, President of Merge Computer Group, says, "We are honored that over a dozen municipalities have afforded us the chance to work with them on a project of this scope and importance to the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Bill Humm, Project Director for Merge Interactive, remarked, "Virginia's Retreat gives us a chance to leverage existing relationships with museums, galleries, and photo collections and merge them into not just a complete online experience, but also a resource for families looking for great vacation experience."

Archie Miller, Creative Director for the project cites research and access to a wealth of historical photography as keys to the visual success of the project. "We plan to travel the entire trail of Lee's path of retreat from Richmond to Appomattox, shooting a few gigabytes of digital photos and movies," Miller stated.

Merge Interactive Group is a division of Merge Computer Group, Inc. and was established in 1983 as a Virginia corporation by Edward N. Gooding, Sr., President and Richard H. Rackley, Executive Vice President. Both men are residents of the Richmond metropolitan area. Merge is a full-service information technology consulting firm offering I. T. services that span the enterprise, from mainframe through mid-range, client-server, web-based and new media technologies.

Founded by former VCU art students, Merge Interactive was established in 1999 to serve as Virginia's premiere interactive agency for creative design, new media, web services and application development.

VirginiaÂ’s Retreat is a tourism marketing consortium comprised of representatives from the City of Petersburg and Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward counties. Organized in 1993, the consortium strives to increase tourism and economic development activity in South-Central Virginia. Its primary tourism products include the two Civil War driving trails, LeeÂ’s Retreat and The Wilson-Kautz Raid, the soon-to-open Civil Rights In Education Heritage Trail, as well as the region's rich abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. VirginiaÂ’s Retreat works closely with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Department of Conservation and RecreationÂ’s Division of State Parks and the National Park Service.

Carol Bellamy Headlines the Glimpse Foundation's Fifth Birthday Celebration

Carol Bellamy Headlines the Glimpse Foundation's Fifth Birthday Celebration

Carol Bellamy, President and CEO of World Learning and former director of both the Peace Corps and UNICEF, joined the Glimpse Foundation and its top-level supporters to help celebrate Glimpse's five years as a pioneering nonprofit in the fields of international education and cross-cultural exchange.

Providence, RI (PRWEB) January 4, 2007

On Wednesday Dec. 13, 2006, the Glimpse Foundation celebrated its fifth birthday at the Century Club in New York City. Carol Bellamy, President and CEO of World Learning, served as the headline speaker at the event, drawing from her extensive professional experience to stress the vital importance of Glimpse's mission. As a 501(c)3, the Glimpse Foundation aims to foster cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing forums for young adults to share their experiences living abroad.

Before taking on her current position at World Learning -- a leading institution in the field of international education -- Bellamy served as former director of the Peace Corps and former executive director of UNICEF. During her 10 years at UNICEF, she fought against child exploitation, advocating for health, protection and education as basic rights for every child.

Bellamy intimately understands the global challenges we face today, as well as the need for increased global awareness in all sectors of society. To a gathering of 35 of Glimpse's top-level donors and supporters, Bellamy insisted, "Glimpse is making a difference."

The Glimpse Foundation was established by Brown University students in November 2001 and began full-time production in May 2002, with generous seed funds from the National Geographic Society. In pursuit of its mission, Glimpse publishes a website (GlimpseAbroad. org) and a print magazine (Glimpse Quarterly), which feature first-person narratives written by study abroad students and international volunteers.

Glimpse Quarterly is primarily distributed through colleges and universities across the country, with a current circulation of 15,000 and a projected readership of 20,000. GlimpseAbroad. org, a gathering space for study abroad students and other young travelers, offers a database of over 550 articles from almost 100 countries, as well as "Ask the Expert" peer-to-peer communication features, a growing library of blog posts and a PDF guide series about living and studying abroad.

The Glimpse Foundation's fifth birthday event celebrated the nonprofit's accomplishments to date and stressed the need to take Glimpse to the next level, which principally involves expanding its staff and broadening its reach. Among the many prominent guests in attendance were Rick Macarthur, publisher of Harper's Magazine and Bill Fitzhugh, director of the Arctic Study Center at the Smithsonian.

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