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

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

Startec Receives Vendor Financing
May 28, 1999 - Startec Global Telecommunications, based in Bethesda, is an international communications company whose goal is to provide a better value in global telecommunications for consumers, businesses, and carriers. Recently, Ascend Communications gave Startec $20 million in vendor financing to deploy Ascend's network management technology, which will allow Startec to cross-sell data and Internet services to its customers.

ATS Provides Internet Connection
May 27, 1999 - American Technology Services, Inc. (ATS), based in Falls Church, has recently provided a new network and Internet connection to the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. The association's network links all users at the main office to the satellite offices at Wheaton and Silver Spring via Internet connections. ATS is a full-service systems and network integration firm specializing in small and mid-sized organizations and provides clients with systems integration, software development and Internet-related services.

Local Company Builds Alliance With Microsoft
May 26, 1999 - CareerBuilder, Inc., based in Reston, has recently announced that they will jointly develop a private-label career center for the Microsoft (MSN) network of Internet services. Under this agreement visitors to MSN's Web site will have access to employment listings, career advice content and personal search agent technology. CareerBuilder Inc. provides comprehensive online recruitment product and services offerings for employers and job seekers.

FSI Unveils New Report
May 25, 1999 - Federal Sources, Inc. (FSI), based in McLean, is now offering their "Next Generation Internet" report that highlights federal funding for R&D, federal product & service purchases, market size, high-speed networking equipment growth and high-performance federal applications. FSI is a source for business-to-business market intelligence for the public sector information technology (IT) marketplace. They offer networking with long-established relationships with both senior government officials and leading IT companies. Their clients include principal government contractors, government agencies and small businesses.

Web Site Features Local Music Information
May 24, 1999 -, LLC. is an Internet start-up company that focuses on the music scene in the Greater Washington region. The site offers information for music enthusiasts and band members. One of the features offered is their "Band Tracker." This feature allows users to receive emails when one of their favorite bands will be playing in the area. To check out this feature as well as others visit

JETTCON '99 Brings IT Market and Workforce Together
May 21, 1999 - The Joint Employment and Training Technology Conference (JETTCON) will be held in Washington, D.C. July 12 to 16, 1999. JETTCON, conducted by The Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Council for Excellence in Government, is designed to provide attendees with a forum to learn about the technological advances and choices that effect the efforts to develop a world-class workforce. For additional information about JETTCON or to register online, please visit their Web site.

TCG Recognized by MIT Program
May 20, 1999 - The Turner Consulting Group (TCG), based in the District of Columbia, was selected to take part in the recently held "The Birthing of Giants" program. The program was held on the campus of MIT and jointly hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. magazine and the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO). Sixty entrepreneurs, all under the age of 40 and founders of companies that gross more than $1 million annually, participated. TCG, represented at the MIT program by president Dan Turner, is an Internet solutions company with consulting expertise in user interfaces, Web programming, distributed database management, client/server development, cryptography and electronic publishing.

Digital Asset Management Available Online
May 19, 1999 -, based in Alexandria, is a provider of i-content management solutions for enabling corporations and publishers to make the transition to the online world. Their products offer organizations control over their digital assets, including electronically stored audio, video, text and images applicable for the Intranet, extranet or Internet. recently released Expressroom 6.0 which gives competitive global corporations the ability to utilize a shared content database to deliver localized and personalized information.

Xybernaut Introduces New Wearable Sytems
May 18, 1999 - Xybernaut Corporation, founded in 1990 and headquartered in Fairfax, recently introduced the MA IV, the newest product in their Mobile Assistant line. This product continues Xybernaut's mission of producing hands-free systems with the full capabilities of high speed desktop computers. The Mobile Assistant series is designed to increase productivity, performance and safety by providing critical data while allowing the user to perform hands-on activities. For more information on the Xybernaut, their products and product demonstrations, visit their Web site.

TEOCO Corporation Launches GeoSpatial Information System (GIS) Practice
May 17, 1999 - TEOCO Corporation, based in Fairfax, has launched it's new GIS Solutions Practice. Web-Enabled Enterprise GIS systems deliver visualization information that allows users to see patterns, relationships and multiple dimensions of geographical data. Telecom, transportation, utilities, healthcare and oil and gas are industries targeted for applications using "spatial visualization" to improve crisis management, reduce operations costs and increase speed of service delivery. TEOCO provides systems integration and professional services to its clients. More information can be found at

Partnership Produces New Processes
May 14, 1999 - Robbins-Gioia Inc., based in Alexandria, provides program management solutions to government agencies and Fortune 500 companies. The company has recently announced a partnership with the Institute for Configuration Management (ICM), a provider of configuration management training and certification. Through this partnership, Robbins-Gioia and ICM will provide Configuration Management II (CMII) processes and training to government and industry. This solution includes assessment, implementation, and training phases that will instill the tenets of configuration management in operations.

Event Gives Insight To Internet Startup Success
May 13, 1999 - The Morino Institute Netpreneur Program is introducing their "Garage to Gorilla" event. The event will give insight on Internet startup success in a town hall type discussion with industry revolutionaries and executives. The speakers include Marc Andreessen, Danny Krifcher and Ted Leonsis, all from America OnLine (AOL). The event is free although pre-registration is necessary. To register visit the Netpreneur Program's "Garage To Gorilla" Web site.

ALEX Aids Community
May 12, 1999 - The Electronic Alexandria Community (ALEX) is a network serving as the hub for civic and commercial life in the community. Users of ALEX can access information and communicate with the rest of the community. ALEX contains information from city government agencies, schools, community groups and messages from interested individuals of the community. ALEX has been incorporated as a nonprofit community organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ALEX exists to bring the community online and by doing so to enhance citizenship, community-building and learning.

IEF Educates Public and Policy Makers
May 11, 1999 - The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) is dedicated to educating members of the public and policymakers about the potential of a decentralized global Internet to promote democracy, communications and commerce. The IEF has worked on educational projects such as the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the Children's Online Internet Summit and the America Links Up Campaign. The IEF is a non-profit organization based in the District of Columbia.

ODU Launches ITPro Technology Training
May 10, 1999 - Old Dominion University (ODU) recently launched the Information Technology Program (ITPro) in order to provide Information Technology (IT) training to develop the potential workforce and to keep employers' current employees on the forefront of technology. ITPro students can earn certificates in a variety of different areas including Internet engineering, network administration, programming and Web development. ITPro graduates earn academic credit which can be applied toward an IT-related degree at ODU and also earn Microsoft or Novell certification as a part of the curriculum. ITPro was developed in response to the ITAA survey highlighting the 340,000 IT worker shortage nationwide.

Companies Unite to Help Improve Workplace
May 7, 1999 - Best Software Inc., based in Reston, is in the corporate resource management solutions industry, helping organizations better manage their people, fixed assets and budgeting processes. Best Software's solutions maintain and deliver the information clients need to make business decisions in a rapidly changing, highly competitive business environment. Best Software has just announced a partnership with Interactive Employment Training, Inc. (IET), to offer free Web-based training on sexual harassment compliance to subscribers of its Web site for human resources professionals.

VISTA Acquires New Business
May 6, 1999 - VISTA Information Technologies Inc., based in Herndon, provides total network services to commercial and government enterprises. The company plans, designs, installs, upgrades and maintains data, voice and video networks, helping clients turn networked data into useful information for a competitive advantage. VISTA has signed an agreement with Bell Atlantic to operate the Massachusetts Telecommunications Relay Service. For more information on this recent development or their company visit

AIS Offers New Service
May 5, 1999 - Advanced Information Services (AIS) LLC, based in the District of Columbia, has just added Web Development to their list of services. AIS creates reader-friendly print, Web, and online communications and their services include "plain English writing", graphics and design. To find more information on AIS visit their new Web site.

SOC Receives Grant
May 4, 1999 - SOC Enterprises, an employer of individuals with disabilities, has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to provide employment services to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients with disabilities. SOC, based in Arlington, is one of nine agencies statewide to receive the grant. SOC's Web site offers more information about the company, available services and a FAQ sheet.

VA Governor's Committee Meets on IT
May 3, 1999 - The Virginia Governor's Commission on Information Technology will be meeting in Abingdon, Virginia on May 12. The topic of this meeting will be "Towards a Statewide Technology Investment Strategy." Following remarks by Governor James Gilmore, the participants will focus their discussions on individual geographic areas of the state as well as various aspects of the IT industry and its importance to the state. For more information, details on the meeting's location, directions and a preliminary agenda, visit the Governor's Commission on Information Technology Web page.

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