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Can Central Virginia Be Wired As A "Smart Region"?

March 1, 2000 -- Areas throughout the world are harnessing the power of the Internet for economic and social advantage. These localities, which often cut across traditional geo-political boundaries, are known as "smart regions." Can such a region be created in Central Virginia?

Dan Malone, an internationally recognized expert on the Internet and the emerging global economy, will address this issue at a special presentation at the University of Virginia on March 6 at 4 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Theater.

Malone will present a vision of a globally networked digital economy, the creation of a global information infrastructure to support it, and the role that can be played by people in Central Virginia.

The public presentation is co-sponsored by Robert Reynolds, U.Va. interim vice president for information technologies, and Gene Block, vice president for research and public service. Parking for Newcomb Hall Theater is available in the Emmet Street Parking Garage adjacent to Memorial Gymnasium.

Malone is an authority on technology and technology policy with significant experience at international, national, state, and local levels and in international high-tech corporations.

His present focus is advising communities in developing telecommunications infrastructures to enable profitable participation in the "new economy." Malone is an advisor to the Virginia legislature’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science and serves on the advisory board of the World Teleport Association (a United Nations non-governmental organization). He is known for being able to explain the strategic impact of complex technologies in practical terms for business and political leaders.

His Website is located at www.danmalone.com.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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