We have established an expansive presence in Texas, which includes operations in the Deep Bossier and East Texas shale plays.
Currently, we have been able to invest more than $3.4 million in Texas communities during the past five years. In addition to the positive economic impact of our natural gas production and exploration operations, our workforce is more than 500 strong.
College scholarships are awarded annually to high school graduates in our operating areas in Texas and Louisiana. These scholarships are provided to students planning to study geology or engineering.
Encana continues to provide college scholarships by TAME to minority students majoring in engineering. With Encana's continued support, TAME can expand its elementary school program which encourages interest in science and math education.
Encana has initiated and continues to support Oil & Gas Technology programs at the three community colleges in Texas and Louisiana. In keeping up with current technical changes in the field, and to expand career opportunities in the energy industry, each college has expanded its oil and gas related programs to meet future needs. Multiple industry partners serve on each college's Advisory Board to offer critical technical expertise.
We operate on the basis of trust, integrity and respect, principles that are the foundation of our Courtesy Matters program. The program creates proactive partnerships between Encana, our contractors and the community and emphasizes the shared responsibility in creating positive business practices, courteous behavior and community responsibility. Courtesy Matters focuses on responsible and courteous behavior related to traffic, gates, dust, noise and garbage.
Encana's Mid-Continent Business Unit (MCBU) office in Dallas is relocating to a new building in Plano. Approximately 500 MCBU staff members will move into a new, 12-story office tower in late 2012.
As a proud sponsor of Service Learning Texas, we continue to support the Texas Healthy Habitats initiative. Each year, the Healthy Habitats program awards 15 service-learning grants to Texas schools and groups that focus on restoring natural environments in and around Texas.
As a member of this initiative, alongside Service Learning and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, we hope to continue education about the importance of environmental care and reclamation. These projects are a reflection of our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement. Learn more about our support of Healthy Habitats.
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