PALM HARBOR, FL (November 13, 2020) - Geographic Solutions was awarded the 2020 Tech Project of the Year during the 17th Annual Tampa Bay Tech Awards, broadcast via live stream on Thursday, November 12. The virtual ceremony, produced by Tampa Bay Tech (TBT), honored the individuals and organizations leading the way in the industry throughout the Tampa Bay region. TBT is a non-profit organization dedicated to building and fostering a radically connected technology community. The 2020 Tech Project of the Year Award recognized Geographic Solutions’ massive effort to launch a record number of UI/PUA systems in the midst of a global pandemic. President and Founder Paul Toomey graciously accepted the award by video, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the employees at Geographic Solutions. The Geographic Solutions team responded to the national crisis by rapidly adapting the software for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to process Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims. PUA functionality first debuted in Louisiana just eight days after the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed. The company also managed complex interfaces, provided round-the-clock communication with clients, installed and balanced massive new servers, staffed a 24-hour tech support hub, and fielded claimant inquiries via live chat and social media. Between April and June, Geographic Solutions launched PUA functionality in 10 states and U.S. territories. Year to date, Geographic Solutions has been involved in the payment of over $40 Billion in funds across all unemployment and PUA systems that the company supports. Equally important as the aid provided, preventative security measures flagged and detected over $11.5 Billion in fraudulent claims – preserving federal and state trust funds. This feat was made possible through the tremendous efforts of its employees. In trying times, the team remained level-footed, withstanding and navigating the challenges faced to provide so many with the assistance they needed. Geographic Solutions is proud to be a member of TBT and upholds its mission of supporting and advocating for Tampa Bay’s technology organizations. For more information on TBT, visit tampabay.tech.