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The following stories appeared on the Potomac KnowledgeWay's "Regional News" page during January 1999.

All links within stories are verified at the time of publication, but some may have changed or no longer be available.

VRE Now Online
January 29,1999 - The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) recently introduced their Web site. Users of the VRE can now view the VRE calendar, ticket information and "System and Zone map" online. The site also features links to other transportation sites, a cost of commuting calculator and a lost and found section. The VRE provides commuter rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C.

IRS Revamps Web Site
January 28,1999 - The IRS Web site provides tax information for Web users in a new format called "The Digital Daily". The site features an index page, downloadable forms and publications and a FAQ page. Other features include information on the IRS' "e-file", a glossary and a tax calendar.

CAIS Wires Hilton Hotels
January 27,1999 - CAIS Internet, who merged with CGX Communications in Washington D.C., will install Internet voice/data technology into Hilton hotels. The voice/data technology, called OverVoice, enables Internet users to connect to the Internet at high speeds and talk on the phone at the same time, using the same line. CAIS Internet is a first-tier Internet Service Provider (ISP), delivering high-speed connectivity and customized solutions to thousands of corporations, government agencies and individuals.

FCCC Introduces FAME Series
January 26,1999 - The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) introduces the FAME Series (Fairfax County Chamber of Commece Annual Membership Event Series) to their Web site. The FAME section provides timely issues-oriented programs featuring high-profile speakers and networking. This month Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of the District of Columbia is participating, discussing the economic development outlook for the District of Columbia and its role in the region. Users can register for the programs by email, phone or an online registration form.

Find Information On Fairfax County Courts
January 25,1999 - The Fairfax County General District Court's Web site enables users to find general information on the Fairfax County Courts. Important information included are court policies, phone numbers and directions to various courts and offices. The site also features links to other government sites in Virginia.

Business Helps Make Off Line Action
January 22,1999 - Mindshare Internet Campaigns, L.L.C., in Washington D.C., helps associations, coalitions, non-profit organizations and candidates use the Internet to advance public policy goals by engaging citizens, opinion leaders and policy makers towards meaningful off line action. The Web site contains a varied amount of information on their services and history. Other features of the site include Internet Statistics and Demographics, a jobs listing for Mindshare and links to articles they are featured in.

Business Offers Online Certification
January 21,1999 - TekMetrics Inc., in Vienna, is offering free online certification tests on their Web site. Users can log onto the site and take a test in 20 different technical subjects, including such programming languages as Java, C++ and Cobol. So far 2,325 people have registered for certifications and about 1,200 have taken an exam. The registered users are from all over the world, especially Russia, India and Malaysia. TekMetrics is a Web based business focused on staff hiring and development.

Newseum Presents Web Site
January 20,1999 - The Newseum, in Arlington, is an interactive museum of news providing visitors with multimedia exhibits, artifacts and news memorabilia. The site allows users to search for upcoming programs, view a list of exhibits and find visitor information. The Newseum is funded by Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people.

Regional Jobs Initiative Trains Inner City Youth
January 19,1999 - The Regional Jobs Initiative (RJI) is a workforce development project focused on training inner city high school graduates to fill entry-level information technology jobs in the Washington Metro area. Four partner organizations are collaborating in the RJI partnership: the Foundation for Educational Innovation (FEI), the Potomac KnowledgeWay, DC Agenda and A Greater Washington. While scores of companies throughout the region seek qualified employees to fill jobs that use information technology skills, many city residents lack the required knowledge, skills and resources. RJI was created to train participants in technical and life skills and provide social services support and employer access that will launch them on successful information technology careers.

Attorney Directory Now Online
January 18, 1999 - The Legal Register is a directory of practicing attorneys in the Greater Washington region. The Register includes law firms, sole practitioners, and patent attorneys who are divided into their regional area of Washington D.C., Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. Attorneys that are listed incorrectly or have not been added to the Register can make corrections or add themselves to the Register by phone or fax.

New Site for Local Consumers
January 15, 1999 - Just Local is an Internet source of local business information and services available to Northern Virginia consumers. Just Local's database includes over 45,000 individual businesses located in the Northern Virginia area, and is responsive to the full range of consumer requirements, from the infrequent to the recurring. Businesses in the Northern Virginia area can be added to the database by e-mail, fax, or phone.

FBR Introduces New Web Site
January 14, 1999 - Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. (FBR), a full-service investment banking and asset management firm in Washington D.C., recently launched the FBR Enterprise Software and Solutions Web site, developed to educate and inform investors, venture capitalists and industry executives about investment opportunities. The Web site features a summary of the previous week's news, an outlook of the coming week's industry developments and stock performance charts.

EPIC Launches Web Site
January 13, 1999 - The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), in Washington, D.C., is a public interest research center focusing on emerging civil liberties issues and protecting privacy, the First Amendment and constitutional values. EPIC's Web site features news, resources and guides and the EPIC policy archives. EPIC is a project of the Fund for Constitutional Government and works in association with Privacy International.

Web Site Promotes Business For Young Adults
January 12, 1999 - is a Web site for young adults interested in business. The site contains helpful features for young adults such as investment calculators, financial and business glossaries and links to other useful business sites. The site also offers profiles of entrepreneurs and business people who started businesses as young adults. is based in Alexandria.

Mentoring Web Site Unveiled
January 11, 1999 - The National Mentoring Partnership, in Washington, D.C., is an advocate for the expansion of mentoring as well as a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide. The National Mentoring Partnership creates partnerships at the national and local levels to help achieve their goal of having two million children in a responsible mentoring relationship by the year 2000. The Partnership's Web site includes information on mentoring initiatives, a contact list of local partners and membership information.

Taxi Fare Calculated By Web Site
January 8, 1999 - The's Web site enables users to calculate their taxi fare using the site's "Calculate Your Taxi Fare" section. Users can estimate their taxi fare between two points in six jurisdictions. Areas covered by the site are the counties of Montgomery, Prince George's, Arlington and Fairfax, and the District of Columbia and Alexandria.

Volunteer In Fairfax County
January 7, 1999 - The Volunteer Center of Fairfax County initiates and leads efforts to strengthen the community through effective volunteerism and service. The Volunteer Center serves as a clearinghouse of information on current needs and opportunities available to volunteers and provides expertise and technical assistance to agencies which seek volunteer participation. The Center's site includes information on specific programs and services, a calendar of events and a list of volunteer opportunities. The site is hosted by BTG, Inc., a publicly owned information systems company that serves public and private sector organizations.

Information For Displaced Federal Workers
January 6, 1999 - The Metro Area Reemployment Project (MARP) provides timely, consistent and coordinated reemployment services to federal workers and federal contract workers facing job displacement in the Washington, DC Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). The site provides information about program services and eligibility, links to employment opportunities and resources and project service center locations. The MARP is a collaborative effort between the governments of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, and the United States Department of Labor and the United States Office of Personnel Management.

LocalEyes Helps Businesses Through Their Web Site
January 5, 1999 - LocalEyes Corporation, in Vienna, is a Internet professional services firm helping businesses promote and maintain a Web presence. They specialize in drawing traffic to small local businesses or local corporate affiliates nationwide through their technology and local search Web site. Their search engine enables users to find local service and business Web sites by submitting their city, state or zip code.

MetroMUG Provides Meetings for Multimedia Industry
January 4, 1999 - MetroMUG is the Washington region's multimedia users group established to promote the discussion and understanding of multimedia technologies and related concepts. MetroMUG meets monthly in Northern Virginia. Through their Web site, maintained by the Capital PC User Group (CPCUG), visitors can complete membership application online and view meeting information, links and resources.

Library of Congress Adds Features
January 1, 1999 - The Library of Congress introduces their Web site featuring everything from general information to special programs. The site offers research tools, library services and exhibitions of the past and present. Through the THOMAS section, users are able to view the latest bills under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

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