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First Annual Virginia Internet Technology Week Announces Speakers

From Business Wire
August 9, 1999

U.S. Representatives Rich Boucher and Robert Goodlatte To Deliver Address on Internet Economic Development And Current Federal Legislation

The Internet Technology Innovation Center (ITIC) today announced that U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher and Robert Goodlatte will address Virginia Internet Technology Week '99 on opening day, Monday, September 13.

Boucher and Goodlatte, who co-chair the Internet Caucus, will speak on Internet economic development opportunities and current Federal legislation.

Harris N. Miller, president of Information Technology Associations of America, and Mary Miller, president of Interactive Design and Development, Inc., will provide business and industry perspectives on Internet opportunities.

ITAA, based in Arlington, Virginia, is the only trade association representing the U.S. IT industry, with more than 11,000 direct and affiliate members. IDD, based in Blacksburg, Virginia, is one of the top multimedia producers in America, according to AV Video and Multimedia Producer Magazine.

"Our southwest Virginia location is particularly fitting as we discuss the economic development opportunities of the Internet," states Alf Weaver, Director, Internet Technology Innovation Center. "Rural geographies today have the potential to reach global markets. The first annual Virginia Internet Technology Week will present a wealth of information in support of this revolutionary economic trend."

Virginia Internet Technology Week will showcase the latest Internet technology developments and offer extensive professional development opportunities - from creating user-friendly web sites and software; to predicting the impact and opportunities of the next generation of the Internet; to responding to security and privacy concerns.

The conference will take place on September 13-17, 1999, at Virginia Tech's Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. In addition to the Virginia Internet Innovation Center, a number of organizations support the conference:

Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology established the Internet TIC last year to enhance the state's IT business environment. Internet TIC has been offering assistance to individual companies, determining needs, and creating resources. The conference is the Internet TIC's first major program and will become an annual event.

The conference will offer a choice of full-day and half-day professional development seminars on Tuesday through Thursday.

Luncheon speakers will be Thomas R. Gulledge of the Institute of Public Policy and the Policy Analysis Center at George Mason University, who will speak on "International E-Commerce"; Charles Bostian, director of the Center for Wireless Telecommunication at Virginia Tech , speaking about the wireless spectrum, and Dana G. Coltrin, Vice President and General Manager of Cox Fibernet, speaking about telecommunications opportunities and challenges.

Internet Technology Innovation Center

Internet TIC was established to nurture Virginia's entrepreneurial environment for information technology and Internet-based business; accelerate the creation and deployment of network-based information technology; develop hardware/software infrastructure; and expand Virginia's high-skill workforce, which is needed to develop, support, and market Internet-based electronic products and services.

In its first year, Internet TIC has assisted more than 20 companies. The Center is a partnership among 11 research groups at four Virginia universities.

There is a charge for some programs. For more information, visit http://manta.cs.vt.edu/vit or for complimentary press registration contact Nicole Burdette/Kevin Caviston at 610-325-6550, ext. 10.

"Professor Alf Weaver of the UVa Department of Computer Science has helped organize the Internet Week event."


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