Case Study: GIS Hero: Tom Tate is Turning Responsibility Over to the Youth, One Community at a Time

ArcNews July, 2007

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Life-threatening hurricanes, invasive weeds, and damaging potholes—no problem: ask the kids what to do. To Tom Tate, national program leader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service (CSREES), this is the best answer, and for a good reason. His tireless efforts as the creative thinker and Tom Tatevisionary behind educating the youth involved in the USDA's youth outreach program (4-H) has led to an onslaught of community problem solving headed by the youngest members of the communities.