CARSON CITY - Know a person, community or organization that is promoting innovative uses of technology in Nevada? If so, please submit a nomination to Connect Nevada! The statewide nonprofit initiative is currently seeking nominations for its 2013 Broadband Hero Awards.

The deadline for nominations is fast approaching. All nominations must be submitted by Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m.

Connect Nevada is soliciting nominations for awards in the following categories:

School District Broadband Hero Award goes to a Nevada school district that has successfully used broadband technology to enhance the educational capacity of its institutions and or the community as well as inform students and parents of the value of broadband/technology adoption.

Postsecondary Institution Broadband Hero Award goes to a Nevada postsecondary institution that has successfully used broadband technology to enhance its educational capacity as well as provide students with an improved educational experience using broadband technology.

Adoption Broadband Hero Award goes to the individual, organization, company, or local government that successfully implemented programs that lead to the adoption of broadband technologies or the development of digital literacy skills in the community.

Community Broadband Hero Award goes to the community that has demonstrated outstanding achievement towards the goals of increasing broadband access, adoption, and use in their community.

Healthcare Broadband Hero Award goes to an individual, organization, or company that has successfully implemented a technology based healthcare platform or network that supports advancements in telemedicine or integration of electronic medical records.

Those chosen to receive the award will be presented with the honor during Connect Nevada's Summit. The annual summit and award ceremony will be held at the Joe Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno on Nov. 18.

The nomination form is available on the Connect Nevada website. For more information about the nominations or to have a nomination form sent to you, contact Connect Nevada State Program Manager Lindsey Niedzielski at lniedzielski@connectnv.org or (775) 343-9600.

About Connect Nevada: The Governor's Office and the Nevada Broadband Task Force are leading the initiative to increase broadband Internet access, adoption, and use across the state.

Connect Nevada is a nonprofit organization that was commissioned by the state to work with all Nevada broadband providers, create detailed maps of current broadband coverage, and coordinate efforts with other Federal grant award recipients in the state. Connect Nevada is now supporting the development of a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of broadband. The goal is to spread high-speed Internet across the state and make sure all Nevada residents have access to its life-changing benefits.