Harris Corp. Added to Indian River Lagoon Innovators and Investors Network

Harris Corp. is boosting efforts to improve the Indian River Lagoon's health by partnering with the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) in its conservation and protection efforts.

According to a media release, the IRLNEP board voted Friday to add Harris to the IRL-Innovators and Investors network (IRL-I2), which includes industry and community groups dedicated to taking an active role in achieving the goals of a clean and healthy ecosystem.

The Indian River Lagoon is one of 28 Estuaries of National Significance designated under the National Estuary Program, a non-regulatory, community-based effort established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1987. The IRLNEP connects policy makers, resource managers, communities, scientists and citizens who work to conserve and improve the lagoon.

Members of IRL-I2 work to link development in thought, knowledge, science and technology to identify and implement solutions to the complex problems the lagoon faces.

"The Indian River Lagoon is the lifeblood of communities along Florida's East Coast that are home to Harris as well as thousands of employees," said Tom Campbell, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems innovation director. "We are excited to partner with the IRLNEP and to work together to save this natural treasure."

"We appreciate Harris Corp. stepping up to become a champion of the Indian River Lagoon," IRLNEP Executive Director Duane De Freese said. "Stewardship of the Lagoon requires that we work together as a regional community. Partnership with industry leaders like Harris Corp. provides exciting opportunities for innovation, technology development and employee volunteer initiatives."

Harris Corp. is a technology company, solving customers' toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect.

The IRLNEP is a non-regulatory, community-based program established to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon.

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    Papyrus Joins Forces with Designer Lela Rose

    Papyrus is looking to bring the “elegance and style” of fashion to its greeting cards via a new designer collaboration series.

    According to a release, the collaboration marks the first time a fashion design house and greeting card brand have joined forces to develop a custom greeting card collection.

    Papyrus said it is partnering with American fashion designer Lela Rose to introduce the series. Rose will feature her "sophisticated yet modern style" in the debut card and gift collection, slated to launch during New York Fashion Week. The collection will be available in New York City Papyrus stores and select retailers in September, with availability expanding to all Papyrus locations and retailers in October.

    "The fashion designer collaboration series is a celebration of the commitment Papyrus has to the arts, including a focus on the fashion industry, quality craftsmanship and trend-forward design," said Christy Kaprosy, President of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings. "We are delighted to have Lela Rose's elegant line lead the first Papyrus fashion designer collaboration program, and we are excited to bring more fashion designers to our loyal customers in the future."

    The company noted the collection, which draws inspiration from some of Rose's recent runway designs, consists of 16 cards and five gift accessories, including gift bags, gift tissue, roll wrap and a gift tag set. It also will be available online at

    "I'm thrilled to be the first designer to collaborate with Papyrus on their exclusive new fashion series," said Lela Rose. "This is a unique way to showcase our designs, silhouettes and prints, and extend the brand into a new category."



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