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Area can capitalize on advanced technology

By By Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
July 31, 2001
Who says technology is just for the young bucks?
Dr. Angeline Godwin Dvorak, president of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, said technology can serve as a melting pot that helps bridge the generation gap in the work force.
Dvorak is traveling across the state this month to spark interest in the importance of technology as it relates to economic growth what the technology alliance calls "Technology at Home in Mississippi."
The Mississippi Technology Alliance is a nonprofit organization the Legislature created in 1998. Lawmakers gave the alliance $1 million for funding this year.
On Monday, Dvorak met in the morning with more than 50 community and business leaders at Union Station, spoke at noon to the Rotary Club and met in the afternoon with The Meridian Star.
Dvorak said that Meridian has a great opportunity to exploit technology by using its location and past successes. The city can draw on strong leadership and its location at the Interstate 59-Interstate 20 intersection, she said.
Dvorak said that a community, including Meridian, must identify the specific industry clusters that can best benefit them. Possible clusters could include communication and information, remote sensing, transportation or life sciences.
Then, she said, a "technology council" of community leaders could ensure that the plan is acted out. She said the council should encourage growth, pay attention to trends around the country and "stay in close contact with our organization for added support."
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3228 or E-mail him at fcarmichael@themeridianstar.com.

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