Company  MethodologyPeoplePortfolioProductsCustomersJobsIn the NewsContact UsAcmeX Home Orange Stripe
Problem SolversIn the News
spacer spacer
"Partnership and success Stories for America's Neighborhoods"
by N / A
Published in In Their Own Words

"Partnerships like MidTown and Acme Express, repeated over and over throughout the country, can make a difference in urban America." Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., President, Cuyahoga Community College.

Acme Express Inc., is a software developer specializing in web optimized business operations software. Acme Express has teamed with MidTown since 1993, and in 1997 purchased operating headquarters in the Cleveland MidTown Empowerment Zone. As a property owner, Acme is strongly committed to rebuilding the inner city. Through its involvement with MidTown Cleveland, Acme has had the opportunity to work directly with four elementary schools, learn first hand about their pressing technology needs and propose a creative solution: a web-based school newspaper as a learning tool for young at-risk students. To test this solution, Acme has secured a $90,000 software donation from Microsoft Corporation and obtained a $50,000 SBIR Phase I grant from the Department of Education, Office of Education Research and Improvement.

The web-based newspaper permits students to publish their work product and helps them learn computer skills, reading, writing and critical thinking in a fun way that offers immediate feedback and gratification. This community partnership teaches young at-risk students valuable skills and at the same time produces a commercially viable product for Acme. The product will find a ready market well beyond elementary schools, including a broad range of organizations that produce small newspapers, newsletters and journals.

In the News
spacer dotsdotsdotsdots spacer
spacerAu Current