Technology Summit Will Help Local Non-Profit Businesses

APRIL 23, 2013 (YOUNGSTOWN, OH) – DRS announced a new philanthropic initiative that will provide tens of thousands of dollars in technology equipment and support to local nonprofits. The initiative will officially kickoff at the Northeast Ohio Technology Summit May 9.

The winner of the initiative will be determined through a combination of public vote and the actions of a selection committee.

“We realize that technology keeps many nonprofits from reaching their full potential,” said DRS CEO Mike Meloy. “Through this initiative, we hope to remove the technology barrier so that nonprofits can be all that they can be.”

The initiative will provide at least $30,000 in technology equipment and services to a nonprofit that needs the assistance to grow and continue to serve the community. The winner will also receive a website makeover donated by PALO Creative. Four other finalists will each receive an in depth analysis of their technology systems and a technology roadmap to guide future efforts. The package for finalists is valued at $4,000.  Ohio-based nonprofits with a 501(c)3 designation are eligible to enter.

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee, made up of DRS employees. That committee will narrow the applicants to 20 nonprofits that will be considered for the awards.

Those 20 nonprofits will be narrowed to five finalists through an online public vote. The ultimate winner will be selected through a combination of public vote (serving as one vote) and the votes of a six-member selection committee, made up of local leaders from the public and private industries.

“We wanted to come up with a way to do something good with what we know – technology,” said Meloy “We’re ready to truly embrace organizations that are held back by a lack of technology.”

Organizations can register for the technology giveaway at the Northeast Ohio Technology Summit May 9 at YSU School of Business. To register for the NEO Technology Summit, visit and click on the calendar of events.


About DRS, LLC

DRS LLC is an information technology consulting firm and service provider specializing in Cloud Services, Managed Services, data center operations, and network infrastructure deployment including local area networks, wide area networks, VoIP and connectivity. DRS has strategic partnerships with top technology vendors and most tier-one carriers. DRS operates two state-of-the-art data centers in Youngstown, OH and a third in Westerville, OH. DRS has also built more than 800 miles of dark fiber throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania, connecting more people to faster broadband. DRS has offices in Youngstown, Akron, Pittsburgh and Westerville. For more information visit

About PALO Creative

PALO Creative is a full-service advertising, interactive and public relations agency that has been based in the Youngstown area for more than 13 years. Its fully integrated approach to marketing allows clients to achieve proven results that are both timely and competitive. The in-house team of marketing, design, video, interactive designers and programmers provide clients with powerful, scalable interactive and advertising solutions that are as elegant as they are functional. For more information, visit the company’s web site at or contact Ron Scirocco at [email protected]