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

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

Company Expands Their Business
April 30, 1999 - Veridian, an information solutions company based in Alexandria, has just acquired Trident Data Systems, a company specializing in network security. Corporate capabilities of Veridian now include decision support and knowledge management; information systems and communications; systems integration; modeling and simulation; and engineering and analysis. Veridian leverages these capabilities in five important sectors: aeronautics, information, life sciences, space and transportation. Their Web site includes employment opportunities, information on their operating companies and sectors.

Bank Offers Web Site
April 29, 1999 - Southern Financial, a full service community bank in Warrenton, has partnered with Piedmont Press to form Piedmont/Southern Web Services. The institution provides checking, certificates of deposit, mortgages, savings, small business loans and Web sites. The bank hopes to expand its relationship with small businesses and create a channel for new businesses by providing clients with an online presence.

AEA Unviels New Report
April 28, 1999 - The American Electronics Association (AEA) has issued a new report titled "CyberEducation." The report looks at K-12 and higher education trends in the 1990s that affect the high-technology industry. The AEA, based in Washington D.C., is a trade association and advocate for the high tech industry. The Web site consists of an events listing, research and industry statistics, and other helpful resources.

Classical Music Site Brings Exposure To Musicians
April 27, 1999 - Americus Records is an independent record label based in Washington, D.C. The label's goal is to bring exposure to classical musicians, performers and composers, who have received little exposure and to increase awareness of classical music as a part of American culture. The site offers a concert and events calendar, an online catalog and links to other music sites.

Embassy Information Featured Online
April 26, 1999 - The Electronic Embassy is a resource of and for the Washington, D.C. foreign embassy committee. The site features an events calendar and a press release clearinghouse. The Electronic Embassy offers information on all the foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. The Web site was developed and is managed by TeleDiplomacy Inc., an information technology and policy consultancy.

SoftComp Joins DC Tech
April 23, 1999 - SoftComp, Inc, based in Rockville, provides business process automation solutions to power, gas and water utilities using Internet, e-commerce and Web technologies. Recently, SoftComp joined DC Tech as a founder. DC Tech is an organization promoting the regional implementation of technology by business, government and education to enhance productivity, effectiveness and competitiveness. SoftComp's Web site offers more information about the company, solutions they provide and a list of partners.

Company Offers Web Site Production
April 22, 1999 - Exit1, Inc., in Reston, is a Web development service designed to enhance clients' productivity with innovative and reliable solutions. The company specializes in web site production and design, electronic commerce solutions, product development and consulting. Their Web site features more information on the company, services they offer and a list of clients that they have served.

SciCentral Introduces New Service
April 21, 1999 - is a portal to science and technology resources on the Internet. The site has recently unveiled the SciCentral News Alert, a free personalized weekly science email update. The newsletter allows registrants to monitor breakthroughs in the disciplines of their choice. The technology behind's News Alert was created by UUcom Inc., an Internet engineering company based in Alexandria.'s Web portal is intended for professional scientists, educators, college students, and all science enthusiasts.

Organization Creates Opportunities For Individuals With Disabilities
April 20, 1999 - Fairfax Opportunities Unlimited (FOU), based in Arlington, is a Not-for-profit organization creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities through employment, training, and support services. Their programs include center based employment, community based employment and government contracts with services such as individual placement, job training, and vocational rehabilitation. Their site includes more information on FOU, how to contact FOU and job announcements.

Video Streamed To Web Site
April 19, 1999 - Kidz Online is an educational organization dedicated to teaching children online communication and information gathering skills that will be important to their futures and encourage them to view technology as an opportunity and not as a threat. Kidz Online, in Falls Church, has introduced their "Encoding and Hosting" product promotion which allows clients to post video on their Web site. The streaming video is digitized, encoded and hosted by Kidz Online.

Local Group Offers Consulting Services
April 16, 1999 - The .Com Group is an Internet consulting firm which has been formed to address the growing problem of Web usability. The group, based in Reston, is comprised of professionals in business development, process engineering, economics, financial analysis, social science, demography, marketing, information architecture and information technology who serve corporations, non-profits and government agencies. Their Web site features more information on the group, their services and contacts.

IT Solutions For Health Care
April 15, 1999 - Computer Technology Associates (CTA) has introduced its Healthcare Systems Division (HSD). The new division will focus on IT solutions for the health care industry, particularly in the areas of online patient record management and Y2K compliance, while providing its customers with all of CTA's offerings. CTA, headquartered in Bethesda, is an information systems and services company with core competencies in legacy system modernization secure computing, network solutions, data migration and systems engineering, development, maintenance, and integration.

OMB Watch Focuses On Nonprofit Organizations
April 14, 1999 - The OMB Watch, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit research, educational and advocacy organization that focuses on budget issues, regulatory policy, nonprofit advocacy, access to government information, and the effects of technology on nonprofit organizations. The site features news, information about their organization as well as programs offered. The site also includes Activist Central, where users can send letters to their senators or representatives, search the congressional directory or see a listing of today's schedule in Congress.

Educational Material Available Online
April 13, 1999 - AbleMedia, in Alexandria, is a global management and technology consulting firm that has developed curricula for incorporating technology in classics education. The series of curricula and teacher support materials developed by AbleMedia's subsidiary Classical Technology Systems, Inc. (CTS) is now available for downloading at CTS's Web site at no charge. Examples of the curricula included here are instructional booklets, teaching guides and support material.

Conference Reviews The Digital Economy
April 12, 1999 - Understanding the Digital Economy Data, Tools and Research is a public conference to review recent research on implications of the digital economy and examine the agenda for future research, including the need for and possible sources of new data, indicators, and tools. The conference will take place at the Department of Commerce on May 25th and 26th. For more information visit

SkyCache Aims For Higher Internet Speeds
April 9, 1999 - SkyCache, Inc. based in Laurel, has received world-wide attention on the heels of the release of its SkyCache Release 1.0. Release 1.0 is a monthly service that constantly updates users open-standards cache with the most popularly accessed web traffic through a combination of "Reactive Caching" and prepopulation. SkyCache is devoted to the building and operation of a global satellite broadcast overlay network for the Internet to improve the movement of World Wide Web content, newsgroups and digital audio and video streams.

Local Technology Firm Launches Web Site
April 8, 1999 - Adroit Systems, Inc. is a small business firm focused in the broad areas of airborne reconnaissance, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence, and high quality graphic production of customer products., military and commercial. The Alexandria based company, with a 15-year history in the airborne reconnaissance field, recently developed and hosts a comprehensive source of information on U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their uses in reconnaissance.

Group Focuses On Independent Sector
April 7, 1999 - Independent Sector (IS), based in Washington, D.C., is a national leadership forum, working to encourage philanthropy, volunteering, not-for-profit initiative and citizen action that help serve people and communities. Their Web site offers information on their programs, how to join and positions available at IS. The site also features information on how to obtain their publications on nonprofit sector resources, public policy and research.

Technology Resource Alliance Expands Service Capabilities
April 6, 1999 - The Technology Resource Alliance, a partnership between George Mason University's Entrepreneurship Center and Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, assists Virginia technology companies in expanding their business by addressing critical issues facing their growth. The Alliance has recently announced a new three-tiered service model for emerging technology companies in the Northern Virginia region. This model was designed to allow them to work closely with emerging technology companies, and assures flexibility within the service model to tailor services which benefits their clients.

Job Fair Aimed At Students
April 5, 1999 - The Marshall Academy will hold their summer job fair on May 6, 1999 from 3:30 to 6:00pm at George C. Marshall High School. The event is open to Fairfax County Public School students ranging from 16 to 18 years of age and businesses looking for summer employees. Student skills range from basic word processing and database management to installation/configuration of Windows 95 & 98, Windows NT, and NT Server 4.0 and Web site design. For more information visit

Engenia Provides Business Solutions
April 2, 1999 - Engenia aids businesses in the creation of a "Coordinated Enterprise" by providing decision support software and collaboration tools to monitor progress towards strategic goals. Engenia's War Room manages key strategic initiatives including market share and internal finance measurements. The company's Vital Signs product monitors progress of various initiative within the organization ensuring all initiatives are on track. Engenia was founded in 1998 and is based in Herndon.

Linked Workforce Bridges Distance
April 1, 1999 - The Virginia Economic Bridge (VEB) and Walcoff recently partnered to produce Linked Workforce. Linked Workforce uses secure collaboration systems and videoconferencing technology to allow offsite technology experts and onsite professionals to work seamlessly, avoiding travel expenses and relocation. Walcoff, founded in 1982 and located in both Fairfax and Alexandria, develops and implements communications initiatives and information technology solutions. VEB, located at Radford University, promotes economic vitality and external competitiveness of the Commonwealth through business, industry and educational partnerships.

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