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GTE CALIFORNIA OUTLINES COMMITMENTS TO INNER-CITY ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION IN LOS ANGELES, LONG BEACH

 GTE CALIFORNIA OUTLINES COMMITMENTS TO INNER-CITY ECONOMIC
 REVITALIZATION IN LOS ANGELES, LONG BEACH
 WATTS and LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE California will support economic revitalization programs worth almost $30 million to communities hurt by the Los Angeles riots last spring, company officials said today. GTE announced $2.4 million in new short- and long-term projects, and reaffirmed its commitment to doing business with minority- and women-owned businesses in riot-affected areas -- worth $26.5 million in 1991.
 "Our commitments include $550,000 to provide schools in these areas with a new approach to education technology," said GTE West Area President Larry Sparrow. "I'm very excited about the Educational Network Access program, which lets GTE use its technical expertise to help individuals improve their future prospects."
 The Educational Network Access (edna) commitment includes computer equipment, educational software, training and ongoing technical support to 15 school sites in riot-affected areas. In addition, GTE California will give the schools up to 300 new and refurbished workstations to expand edna as needed.
 GTE will intensify its efforts to identify women- and minority- owned enterprises (W/MBE) in areas affected by the April civil unrest. A key to the economic progress of these regions is the willingness of major corporations to do business with W/MBE companies. In 1991, GTE California spent $159 million with W/MBE companies -- $26.5 million in areas affected by civil unrest.
 Longer term, GTE's commitments include at least $250,000 spent over five years for advertising in ethnic media outlets (above and beyond normal advertising plans). Much of the ad space will be given to local organizations and students to help publicize economic improvement efforts. GTE also will make at least $1.5 million in grants over five years to organizations serving Los Angeles and Long Beach. The programs will not diminish GTE's philanthropic activities in other California communities.
 The commitments are part of the Rebuild L.A. committee's efforts to enhance economic prospects for residents in areas harmed during the civil unrest last spring.
 GTE unveiled the Educational Network Access (edna) system during press conferences today at the Maxine Waters Employment Development Center in Watts and James A. Garfield Elementary School in Long Beach. edna is a division of GTE dedicated solely to supporting computer-based educational networks in grades K-12 and adult education.
 GTE will donate the equipment and software to each school site. Additionally, GTE will assign an executive full-time to provide assistance and technical support to these schools. edna will open an office in the Los Angeles area to support this donation.
 Separately, GTE will contribute at least $25,000 in in-kind services and equipment to establish a telecommunications technology training program sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The program is designed to be a trade-technical alternative to a traditional high school curriculum.
 GTE's announcement also includes efforts to increase deposits at minority-owned banks in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The company already has $2 million on deposit at 23 minority-owned banks in California -- 16 in Los Angeles.
 The company also announced plans to open a distribution supply point in South Central Los Angeles. Other commitments are likely to be made in the future.
 GTE California, a wholly owned subsidiary of GTE Corp. (NYSE: GTE), provide local telephone service to 3.1 million customers in 330 communities, mostly in Southern California. (Breakdown of commitments below.)
 GTE California Programs to Benefit Targeted Areas of Los Angeles,
 Long Beach
 Educational Network Access (edna): $550,000
 Commitment includes installation of 15 "high-tech exploration centers." Each center will include: one Compaq fileserver capable of serving up to 200 workstations simultaneously, five Compaq workstations, one modem, one CD-ROM device, 10-12 educational software titles and CD-ROM reference discs. In addition, GTE commits to handling all service requirements including repairs for one year. GTE California will provide one executive on loan to support edna.
 GTE California also will provide up to 300 new or refurbished workstations to let school sites expand edna.
 edna, which is based in Carmel, Ind., will establish an office in the Los Angeles area, to help support GTE California's commitment to Rebuild L.A.
 Ethnic Media Advertising: $250,000
 GTE California will spend at least $250,000 over five years in advertising with ethnic media in the Los Angeles and Long Beach areas. The increased spending is above and beyond advertising GTE already does in this area. GTE will make much of this ad space available to organizations, schools and students to publicize efforts related to Rebuild L.A.
 Grants to Riot-Affected Areas: $1.5 million
 GTE California will fund at least $300,000 each year for five years in grants to community organizations serving riot-affected areas of Los Angeles and Long Beach -- a total commitment of at least $1.5 million. In 1993, the company will donate $320,000 to various organizations. These grants will not diminish GTE's philanthropic efforts in other California communities.
 The grants are specifically targeted to issues related to Rebuild L.A.
 Examples of grants: $25,000 to the Los Angeles Urban League to establish an information services training center. $2,500 to the Asia Society to foster communications between Asians and other ethnic groups. $2,000 to The Neighborhood Youth Association to help NYA serve as an advocate for community residents and involve the community itself in addressing issues.
 GTEL Supply Point in South Central Los Angeles: $100,000
 GTEL, GTE's deregulated subsidiary in California, will establish a supply point in South Central Los Angeles. The supply point will be used to house material used to install data equipment in many major county buildings.
 Telecommunications Technology Training Program: $25,000
 GTE will contribute in-kind services and equipment to establish a telecommunications technology training program sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The program is designed to be a trade-technical alternative to a traditional high school curriculum.
 Cash in Minority Banks: Undetermined
 GTE California currently has more than $2 million deposited in 23 minority-owned banks in this state -- 16 in Los Angeles. GTE's Finance Department is exploring ways to increase business done with minority-owned banks in Los Angeles. (The value of current deposits is not included in GTE's Rebuild L.A. commitment. Value of increased commitment undetermined.)
 Women- and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise Program:
 $26.5 million in 1991.
 GTE will intensify its efforts to identify women- and minority- owned enterprises (W/MBE) in areas affected by the April civil unrest. A key to the economic progress of these regions is the willingness of major corporations to do business with W/MBE companies.
 In 1991, GTE California spent $26.5 million with women- and minority-owned businesses in areas affected by civil unrest. In all, GTE spent almost $159 million with W/MBE companies last year -- 28.2 percent of all vended business. GTE has led all utilities in the state for four straight years for doing the highest percentage of vended business with W/MBE companies.
 The company has won several awards for its efforts to support these businesses. Recent awards include: The National Center for American Indian Economic Development Volunteer of the Year Award; Southern California Regional Purchasing Council Corporate Leadership Award; Joint Conference/Volunteer of the Year Award; Asian Business Associations Corporation of the Year Award; California State Assembly Recognition for GTE in the area of W/MBE support.
 Ongoing GTE Programs
 (Not counted as part of Rebuild L.A. commitment)
 Support for United Way of Los Angeles: $1.182 million.
 In 1992, GTE employees donated $722,000 to United Way of Los Angeles. GTE California contributed an additional $460,000 to United Way of Los Angeles. This does not include company and employee contributions to other United Way organizations in California. Total not included in Rebuild L.A. commitment.
 Economic Development Program: $150,000+.
 GTE California is helping to bring together more than two dozen groups that are actively involved in business retention and attraction, as well as new business development. The goal is to address and solve problems that cause businesses and individuals to leave Southern California.
 For communities it serves, GTE California created an economic development grant program that gives organizations the chance to enhance or create economic development programs in their areas. In 1992, this program distributed $150,000 to 14 community organizations in Southern California.
 EDUCATIONAL NETWORK ACCESS BRINGS NEW APPROACH
 TO MAXIMIZING VALUE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
 Many companies have designed programs to introduce technology into the classroom, but few have created ways to prevent the technology that schools buy from quickly becoming obsolete.
 One option is for schools to continually buy new equipment and educational software. A smarter option is for schools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the technology they already have bought.
 Educational Network Access (edna) is a company dedicated to the latter solution.
 "edna identifies a school's basic technology tools and helps schools use them in the most effective manner," said Erik Phelps, a GTE executive on loan to support the company's Rebuild L.A. efforts. "It's the most valuable use of technology for the school's investment."
 The heart of the edna system is a fileserver, which holds software and allows many different students to simultaneously work on different lessons at multiple workstations. All students have to do is logon and pick a software program from a menu.
 Schools are relieved of technology headaches because edna technicians maintain the fileserver, load the software and link it to a network of student workstations. edna also constantly updates its library of pre-tested educational programs.
 "Educational Network Access is not a product -- it's not about hardware," Phelps said. "We help schools get the most use out of their own hardware."
 A major benefit is edna's open architecture. The system is not dependent on any single vendor, meaning edna offers technical expertise with no strings attached.
 With edna, schools can adapt computer-assisted systems to meet individual student's needs. Teachers choose curriculum software that has already been proven. There's no guesswork and no wasted expenditures.
 "Pressures on today's educators require the most value for school investments," said Bob Carroll, president of GTE's edna division. "edna will provide guidance on curriculum, network design, system configuration, training requirements and all other facets of a school's computer-based learning tools."
 As part of GTE California's commitment to Rebuild L.A., GTE will donate $550,000 worth of computer equipment to establish edna systems at 15 school sites in riot-affected communities in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The donation includes educational software, training and ongoing technical support.
 In addition, GTE California will give the schools up to 300 new and refurbished workstations to expand edna as needed. edna also will establish an office in Los Angeles to help support this donation.
 The donation also includes a number of on-line services for each site, including bulletin boards and databases that will be accessed via modem.
 GTE California/edna donation to Rebuild L.A.:
 Exploration Center Equipment On-Line Services
 File server: Compaq 486-S25 Bulletin Boards:
 240 Mgb HDD Ca. School Com
 4 Mgb Memory General Education and
 Monochrome monitor Human Services
 Special Education and
 Work stations: Compaq 386-S25 Model 1 Habilitation
 2 Meg CNN Newsroom
 Color VGA monitor YNS Newsline (Young
 Writers Bulletin Board)
 CD-ROM device: NEC74 Databases:
 California Community
 Printer: Epson LX 810 Resources Directory
 plus others
 Modem: to be announced
 Software: 10-12 educational titles for grades K-12, adult
 education as appropriate.
 edna, a division of GTE Corp., was formed to assist educational administrators in providing computer facilities in a high-quality, value-added, cost-effective package. edna supports students grades K-12 and adult education.
 GTE California serves 3.1 million customers in 330 communities, mostly in Southern California.
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 /CONTACT: Daniel Smith of GTE California 24-Hour Newsline, 800-227-5556; or Fred McFarlane of Rebuild L.A., 213-489-9675/ CO: GTE California ST: California IN: TLS SU:


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