Awards program recognizes Minnesota companies for technology innovation and leadershipEdina, Minn.—Oct. 27, 2006 – In recognition of its leading Website and online tools for its REALTORS®, Edina Realty was named as a finalist in the 2006 Tekne Awards in the category, “Technology User – Established Company.” Minnesota’s annual Tekne Awards recognize companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership. The Midwest’s leading real estate firm, Edina Realty developed an exclusive online solution called the Professional Services Kit or ProKIT. A digital administrative assistant and transaction management tool, ProKIT features customer relationship management tools, marketing assistance, customized Websites and other products that help REALTORS® build and manage their business. Ultimately, this technology improves communication between agents and provides a better customer experience. The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) and Minnesota Technology, Inc. (MTI), in partnership with LifeScience Alley, joined together to recognize technology innovators and leaders who have made lasting contributions to enhancing the quality of life and competitiveness of Minnesota. The 2006 Tekne Awards were presented on Thurs., Oct. 26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Fifty-one finalists were named in 17 categories; eight of those categories were for established companies. A list of all finalists can be found at www.tekneawards.org
. About Edina RealtyEdina Realty, a subsidiary of HomeServices of America, is one of the nation’s largest real estate companies with nearly 100 real estate offices throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Western Wisconsin and more than 3,400 REALTORS®. Edina Realty’s family of companies includes Edina Realty, Edina Realty Title, Edina Realty Mortgage and Edina Realty Relocation. Edina Realty handled more than 38,258 transactions and $10.2 billion in sales volume in 2005. For more information, visit www.edinarealty.com
.About MTIMinnesota Technology, Inc. (MTI) helps drive the small to mid-size manufacturing sector by selling greater efficiency tools, productivity and growth solutions, and cutting edge information at competitive rates. MTI operates as a private 501(C)3 organization, collaborating with the federal government, to provide a public service that stimulates business and economic development in Minnesota’s manufacturing sector. MTI’s staff are competent, trained professionals with expertise in leading edge productivity tools and growth solutions, committed to making Minnesota a stronger player in the global manufacturing matrix.About MHTAThe Minnesota High Tech Association accelerates the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through public policy advocacy, member collaboration and education, and community outreach. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota's entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. MHTA works in partnership with AeA, which represents Minnesota's technology organizations nationally. More information on the MHTA can be found at www.mhta.org.