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Washington DC Technology Council Hosts the First Mayoral Candidate Forum on 'The Business of Technology in DC'

Washington DC Technology Council Hosts the First Mayoral Candidate Forum on 'The Business of Technology in DC'

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington DC Technology Council and key business sponsors will host a live forum with the leading DC Mayoral candidates to hear the candidates' views on "The Business of Technology in the District of Columbia." The forum will be held on Tuesday, June 27th at the Jack Morton Auditorium located on the campus of The George Washington University.

"The Washington DC Technology Council is the leading voice of technology in the Nation's Capital. Our members who live and work in the District want to hear what each candidate has to say on how we can successfully keep DC economically competitive regionally, nationally and internationally," said Penny Pickett, President of the Tech Council.

The forum, moderated by CNBC's Hampton Pearson, will cover topics ranging from taxation policies for seed and early stage companies, to incentives to attract and retain DC based companies, to plans for training and educating a technology-savvy work force.

"As a sponsor of this event, we believe it is critical for the next mayor to help attract and retain technology companies and appreciate the economic value they bring to the region," said Michael Stanton, vice president at Blackboard, Inc. "By providing incentives to technology corporations to operate in our community, the mayor's office can help support the continued growth and prosperity of our technology community, and leading companies like Blackboard."

The forum is open to the public but attendees must register at no charge with the Washington DC Technology Council at The forum will be a Q & A format on the issues of concern to the business and technology community. Each candidate will have equal time to respond to the questions posed by moderator, Hampton Pearson.

"We hope to hear substantive answers to the real concerns of this community. With the primary campaign entering its final three months, DC Tech members voting in the District need to know that business and technology will be recognized as an important priority of the new administration," commented Barry Hurewitz, DC Tech Board Member and partner at the DC office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Registration for the forum begins at 7:30 AM, with the formal discussion beginning at 8:30 AM. Sponsors of the forum include: Blackboard Inc; Cooley Godward LLP; Wilmer Hale; and event host, The George Washington University School of Business. Margaret (Maggie) Kavalaris, partner at the recently launched DC office of Cooley Godward LLP, stated that, "The DC Tech Council will not endorse a candidate before the primary, but we hope to see that the candidates understand how critical it is that DC companies have the opportunity to sustain economic growth and innovation for years to come."

The Washington DC Technology Council is a membership organization expanding the visibility and success of technology based companies doing business in the Nation's Capital. With its unique reach throughout the city, region, nation and the world, it links the technology and business sectors with each other as well as connecting them with sources of capital, government entities, embassy representatives, educational institutions and research facilities throughout the Capital area. DC Tech events and activities enhance the professional development, business opportunities and positive networking for those building successful growth companies. For more information, go to

Washington DC Technology Council

CONTACT: Karen Ryan, Office: +1-202-637-9333, Cell: +1-202-309-5535,
E-mail: [email protected], or Penny Pickett, Office: +1-202-637-9333,
E-mail: [email protected], both of Washington DC Technology Council

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