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

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

Project Management Tool Released

June 30, 1999 - District-based software development firm Metier recently released a project management tool called ePM. The software is designed for managers of large and complex projects and both manages current projects and helps to streamline future projects. ePM was used as a part of a recent pilot program for the Year 2000 U.S. census.

Techsoft Helps Prepare Workforce

June 29, 1999 - Training Solutions, Inc. and Gestalt Systems, Inc., based in Northern Virginia, will be offering their Techsoft program starting in July. The program is designed to increase an individual's technical proficiency, productivity, and motivation through technical training in various fields combined with assessment and soft skills training classes. More information can be found at their Web sites.

Preview Summer Blockbusters Online

June 28, 1999 - Regionally based MovieFone is an online resource for information and reviews about Hollywood's latest offerings. The site features a comprehensive regional guide to current showtimes as well as feedback and reviews from moviegoers who have already seen the movies. In addition to the latest theatrical trailers available for download online, MovieFone offers the latest video releases, soundtracks for current movies and books that have inspired some of the latest blockbusters for sale on their site.

PartyDigest Adds New Services

June 25, 1999 -, based in Springfield, has announced that it will be expanding its services to 10 additional cities. Currently, the Partydigest provides an entertainment events calendar covering Washington, DC, Boston and New York City. The new cities included in Partydigest's expansion are Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle and Cleveland.

ITAT Expands Intern Program

June 24, 1999 - Information Technology Advanced Training (ITAT) Corporation, based in Tysons Corner, is a Information Technology (IT) training company training students in the Internet, Oracle and Microsoft software engineering fields. Recently, ITAT announced that it is expanding its internship program, making its growing number of students available to companies and nonprofit associations throughout Northern Virginia and southern Maryland. Additional information can be found on ITAT's Web site.

Site Connects Computer Resellers And Buyers

June 23, 1999 -, Inc., in Bethesda, is a Web-based business dedicated to helping computer resellers leverage their value to computer buyers and the Information Technology industry. Their Web site offers many useful features including the "TN Dealer Locator" which is a database of more than 20,000 computer resellers and dealers in 90 countries that can be searched by geographic location, products and services offered and company name. To check out the sites other features visit their Web site.

CapNet - A New Voice On The Hill

June 22, 1999 - CapNet, the Greater Washington region's new voice for technology on Capitol Hill, was formally launched on June 15. The newly formed federal political action committee is affiliated with The Greater Washington Board of Trade's 20 year old FEDPAC. Charles Manatt of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips and George Vradenburg of America Online are serving as CapNet co-chairs. Other members and supporters include Mike Daniels of Network Solutions, Raul Fernandez of Proxicom and Mario Morino of the Morino Group and co-chairman of the Potomac KnowledgeWay.

Certification Testing Over the Web

June 21, 1999 - Gestalt Systems, Inc., the International Webmasters Association (IWA) and Teckmetrics, Inc. have recently partnered to provide an industry-validated Web skills certification program for Web professionals. The Web certification programs include Certified Web Developer (CWD), Corporate Webmaster (CCW) and Web Administrator (CWA). These certifications are obtainable through participation in Web-secure exams that are delivered over the Internet or in a proctored environment. These exams provide Web professionals with a public transcript of their certifications as well as a method for employers to confirm their Web skills online. For more information visit their Web sites.

BBB Maintains Ethical Marketplace

June 18, 1999 - The Better Business Bureau (BBB), based in Arlington, is a non-profit organization that promotes an ethical relationship between business and the public. The BBB's online presence provides instant access to business and consumer alerts as well as other helpful resources. One such resource allows users to file a complaint online. To check out their other resources visit their Web site.

IDEV Launches New Site

June 17, 1999 - IDEV, headquartered in Silver Spring, is an interactive agency offering online strategy, design, development and marketing services. IDEV has recently used these services to help launch Hair Cuttery's Web site. The site features appointment reminders, professional haircare recommendations, fashion links, a salon locator and an employment application form.

Netcast Signs New Business

June 16, 1999 - Netcast Incorporated will be providing Internet broadcasting services for the U.S House of Representatives Committee on Science and the Department of Navy. Users must have the RealNetworks' G2 Player installed to veiw the online broadcast and can be downloaded for free at Inc., based in Alexandria, is a privately held company providing on-site technical production, encoding and hosting of broadcasting services over the Internet.

AppleTree Seeks Regional Help

June 15, 1999 - AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation is a Washington, D.C. based "Action Tank" whose mission is to increase the supply of effective schools through innovation. AppleTree is currently seeking mentors, tutors, job shadowing opportunities for faculty and internships for 200 students who attend Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School. If you would like to help visit their Web site.

Personal Reminder Service Online

June 14, 1999 - Lifeminders, based in Herndon, is a service which reminds users of important dates via email. Subscribers to the service enter personal information from which the program builds a profile. Then 'Minders' are sent out according to that profile. Email reminders with helpful tips, services and products that are associated with the event are then sent to the user. For more information visit their Web site.

Manage An Event Online

June 11, 1999 - Ideas to Reality Inc., based in Alexandria, has launched This Web site allows users to send out electronic invitations while the site manages the responses. Guests responding to the invitation online, receives an instant confirmation via e-mail. Those planning the event can include a personalized message, maps and other information on various electronic invitations.

New Program To Attract Disabled High Tech Workforce

June 10, 1999 - The High School/High Tech program provides youths with disabilities in the Montgomery and Prince George's County school systems with early exposure to professions in science and technology related fields. The goal of the program is to promote science, engineering and technology careers for students with disabilities. The program offers workshops throughout the year that help participants learn about high technology as well as high tech internships at places such as NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Adventist Health Care. Visit their Web site for more information.

Herndon Firm Joins SAIC

June 9, 1999 - Resource Solutions International (RSI), based in Herndon, recently formed an alliance with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a high-technology research and engineering company, to pursue e-commerce projects. RSI, an information technology consulting company, and SAIC will focus on business-to-business e-commerce, including procurement, inventory and supply chain management. RSI's Web site features more information on the company and their services, a list of their clients and career opportunities at RSI.

Local Organizations Team To Curb Violence

June 8, 1999 - Washington D.C. based American Psychological Association (APA) and MTV recently joined forces to develop "Warning Signs", a multimedia series designed to inform and identify warning signs of violent behavior and how to get help if these signs are recognized. This campaign is currently being carried out through television specials and ongoing Web design by Falls Church based NMP, a part of AppNet Systems, Inc.

BWI Targets Flyers Online

June 7, 1999 - The Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) recently increased their Internet presence with a new Web site. Visitors to the site can check if their flights are on time by using BWI's online live arrival and departure information. Other features of the site include driving directions to the airport, maps of the airport and terminals, and tourism and parking information.

Project HOPE Raises Awareness Online

June 4, 1999 - The Washington D.C. based Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) has been providing humanitarian assistance for over 40 years in 70 countries. The project has recently gone online to promote awareness of its causes. Visitors to the site can learn about Project HOPE's mission, geographical areas of concentration and donate to the project. Project HOPE is currently collecting money and supplies for Kosovo refugees.

3DI Acquires Dulles Based Business

June 3, 1999 - 3D International's (3DI) Easton location recently bought Photgrammetric Data Services of Dulles. Photogrammetric Data Services which specialized in digital imagery and mapping services will now become part of 3DI's mapping division. 3DI gathers data globally for the transportation, telecommunications, agriculture and engineering industries.

Surveillance Enters Digital Age

June 2, 1999 - Patapsco Designs of Frederick, an electronic design and manufacturing firm, will provide Toys 'R' Us with their Digital Data Catch security system. The device is a closed-circuit digital TV that overlays purchase information without tapes. The purpose of the Digital Data Catch is to detect employee embezzlement. For more information on Patapsco Designs visit

Powerize Provides Business Information

June 1, 1999 -, based in Linthicum, is a business and investment research Web site providing access to articles, profiles, reports, analyses and other content from over 8,000 sources. Powerize offers a free helper application that augments major search engines. This feature enables users to search for information about stocks, prospects, competitors, industries, products, trends, markets and more.

AXENT Provides Security

June 1, 1999 - AXENT Technologies, Inc.'s intrusion detection and security assessment solutions protect confidential information, enforce strict security policies, and enable clients and their customers nationwide access to services over the Internet and the company's extranet. AXENT, based in Rockville, is an information security company that provides integrated products and services to assess, protect, enable and manage business processes and information assets through their Lifecycle Security model. PNC Bank Corp. will be using AXENT's Enterprise Security Manager and Intruder Alert software to secure its enterprise network and facilitate e-business initiatives.

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