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

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

AIP Introduces New Chapter
February 26, 1999 - The Association of Internet Professionals (AIP) has formed a Washington D.C. Chapter (DCAIP). The chapter is a result of a series of mergers made by the D.C. Internet Developer's Association (DCIDA), the D.C. Webmaster's Guild and the Mid-Atlantic Java User's Group (MAJUG). The DCAIP's mission is to support, unify and represent the community of Internet professionals. Their Web site offers information on meetings and memberships as well as links to other organizations in the Greater Washington region.


PBS Offers Technology Site
February 25, 1999 - PBS Online, based in Alexandria, offers their Technology site. It includes a beginners guide to the Internet, technology news and Bob Cringely's weekly column. Users also have access to the rest of the technology site as well as past programs through special search screens.


Employment Web Site Now In Region
February 24, 1999 - The ComputerJobs Store is an employment Web site offering regional and skill-specific job opportunities and career resources to technology professionals. The site offers over 800 career opportunities from 150 client companies in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. The site allows users to submit resumes and browse job openings and offers training resources, a salary survey and technical publication links.


Organization Helps Entrepreneurs
February 23, 1999 - The Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) is a non-profit organization made up of volunteering business professionals helping young entrepreneurs through educational and networking opportunities. YEO, based in Alexandria, has over 2000 members in chapters around the world, providing members access to a network of peers on an international level. The YEO mission is to support, educate and encourage young entrepreneurs to succeed in building companies.


FCEDA Helps Small Businesses
February 22, 1999 - The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) provides services and information designed to promote Fairfax County as a business location for domestic and foreign-owned companies and organizations. Their Web site contains information on venture capital, small and minority business development and contract opportunities. The FCEDA works with community, business and government leaders as well as local and state agencies that administer development processes, zoning and taxation.


Center Offers Scholarships
February 19, 1999 - The CyberLearning Center is offering Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) scholarships to those who pass their 30 minute admission test, enabling the student to enroll in the 1999 Second Quarter MCSE Scholarship Program. The center's goals are to train 100,000 professionals in MCSE and other Information Technology (IT) skills as well as training one million disadvantaged children in basic IT skills in ten years. The CyberLearning Center, based in Arlington, is a project of the non-profit National Education Foundation founded to provide effective and affordable IT training for everyone.


Group Promotes Economic Growth
February 18, 1999 - The American Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth's (AEEG) Web site features membership information, an event calendar and facts about the organization. The site also includes the Legislative Action Center, a feature allowing a search for visitors' representatives with tips on writing to them. The AEEG, based in Arlington, focuses on legislation relating to capital information, investment incentives and other issues affecting America's young growth companies.


Workforce Matrix Unveiled
February 17, 1999 - The Regional Workforce Initiatives Matrix, developed by the Potomac KnowledgeWay, in conjunction with the Greater Washington Board of Trade highlights major workforce development efforts in the Greater Washington region focusing on regional partnerships and activities. The matrix is a tool used to identify opportunities for collaboration and to facilitate the flow of information between various organizations. Features of the matrix include descriptions and contact information for matrix entries, and a form to register similar programs.


Local Group Builds Educational Partnership
February 16, 1999 - The Business Coalition for Education Reform (BCER), in Washington D.C., promotes involvement of businesses in education at the national, state and local levels to increase the academic achievement of students. The BCER's national business-led organization leverages resources and expertise; builds partnerships to help states and communities learn from each other's experiences; and provides technical assistance to a growing network of state and local coalitions. Their Web site contains links to the American Business Conference, the Committee for Economic Development and the National Alliance of Business.


Regional Jobs Initiative Begins Online Survey
February 15, 1999 - The Regional Jobs Initiative (RJI), a collaborative of DC Agenda, A Greater Washington, the Foundation for Education Innovation and the Potomac KnowledgeWay, is conducting an online survey of companies in the Greater Washington region to identify the types of skills they require in entry-level technology workers. The study will also identify the types of job opportunities participating companies currently have open or foresee for the future. Visit the survey on the Web to participate All responses will remain confidential.

RJI seeks to address a portion of the region's critical workforce shortage by training inner city youth and underskilled workers for entry level technology jobs. RJI endeavors to engage industry in the development of the program to identify workplace expectations, skill requirements and labor needs. For additional information about RJI, inquiries concerning the survey or to participate in any way, please contact Maggie Beach at the Potomac KnowledgeWay at mbeach@mail.knowledgeway.org.


Help For E-Businesses Online
February 12, 1999 - The Electronic Messaging Association (EMA), a membership forum aiding others with e-business technologies, features information and publications online. EMA enables people, organizations and governments that use or are exploring e-business technologies to work in partnership with providers of those technologies. Visitors to their site can access the EMA calendar, membership information and online publications. EMA, headquartered in Arlington, has programs focused on technology, public policy and education.


Local Group Provides Tech Analysis
February 11, 1999 - Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is a not-for-profit organization providing non-partisan analysis of technology and technology policy to leaders in government, business, and academia. The institute, in Washington D.C., focuses on the study of cutting edge technology and strategies as well as their impact on American society. Their Web site includes current projects, downloadable publications and information on the institute's technical support efforts.


District Helps Improve Workplace
February 10, 1999 - The District of Columbia's Department of Employment Services has gone online with a site that includes information for job seekers, employers and the labor market. The department plans, develops and administers employment related services to all segments of the Washington metropolitan population. The District of Columbia's Department of Employment Services works to develop a workforce and work environment that supports a sound, stable economic foundation for families, individuals and the general community.


Internship Program Targets Fairfax County Students
February 9, 1999 - The Businesses Offering Skills to Students (B.O.S.S.) Academy internship program places Fairfax County Public Schools high school students in paid internships. The program complements the students' academic course work and offers students an educational opportunity to utilize Information Technology (IT) and other skills businesses are seeking. Organizations who have sponsored internships include AMS, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, CMS Information Systems, Cable and Wireless, Erol's Internet Services and Hubbard & Revo-Cohen, Inc. (HRC). The B.O.S.S. initiative is sponsored by the Education & Workforce Development Committee of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.


YMCA Introduces Web Site
February 8, 1999 - The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington encourages the development of strong bodies, sound minds and healthy spirits for all their members. The YMCA's Web site allows users to find branches in their area, view a listing of volunteer opportunities and find more information about the YMCA. The site also features a kids section where users can find information on youth programs, camps and childcare.


KnowledgeMax Teaches Executives
February 5, 1999 - KnowledgeMax, in Chevy Chase, enhances managerial effectiveness through learning systems and access to business related information online and offline. The KnowledgeMax system consists of two components called LeaderLearning and BookMax, which are available on a subscription basis and delivered via the customer's intranet to users within that organization. The system can be customized to fit the clients' business. The Web site features information on the company, products and services they provide and offers a demo to potential clients.


New Web Society Online
February 4, 1999 - The Washington Creative Web Society (WCWS) is a digital media society in the Greater Washington Region. Anyone interested or working in digital media may join through their online registration form. The WCWS' Web site features an online discussion area, a jobs database and an announcements section.


Browse Local Real Estate Listings Online
February 3, 1999 - The Real Estate & Homes Directory Web site allows users to find homes in Maryland and Virginia. Visitors to the site can choose particular counties in either state and find information on homes in that area. The Web site allows users to search a variety of homes including luxury homes and senior housing. Information provided by the Web site about these homes ranges from photos of houses and floor-plans to area schools and commuting options.


Group Aids Non-Traditional Enterprises
February 2, 1999 - The First Forward Institute (FFI) is a strategic development company focusing on emerging, reorganizing and non-traditional enterprises, as well as educational institutions undergoing substantial change. FFI supports businesses either by being online or on-site and by using their planning, marketing, organizing and decision-making methods. They also help educational institutions by implementing their distance learning, educational and publishing consulting processes.


Consortium Aids New Members
February 1, 1999 - The Software Productivity Consortium, in Herndon, develops processes, methods, tools and services that improve the ability of its members and affiliates to build high integrity, software intensive systems. Software Productivity Consortium's Web site includes an events calendar, newsletter and list of contacts. The Consortium is a nonprofit organization of more than 85 companies, government agencies and universities. Their newest members include EDS Government Industry Group and Unisys Federal Systems.


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