SOURCE: MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta

September 27, 2007 15:50 ET

MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta and Georgia Research Alliance Create "Enterprising Georgia" Event Series

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - The Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta (MITEF) announce the formation of "Enterprising Georgia," a business and technology event series. This joint venture was created to raise awareness of Georgia as a center of excellence in business and technology entrepreneurship and allows GRA and MITEF to leverage their resources to produce high quality programs supporting innovation and leadership in Georgia.

GRA is helping with the creation, marketing and implementation of four annual premium programs in the areas of: Life Sciences and Healthcare; Information Technology; Telecommunications and Media; and Environment and Energy. The programs will be broadcast via satellite to more than 100 worldwide viewing sites that are part of the Global MIT Enterprise Forum network.

MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta will develop event topics, secure speakers and manage meeting and broadcast logistics. The first Enterprising Georgia event will focus on energy, security and the ethanol economy, featuring a keynote presentation by R. James Woolsey, vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton and former director of the CIA, followed by a panel discussion. It will be held October 24, 2007 at Georgia Public Broadcasting, in conjunction with Georgia Tech's Strategic Energy Institute.

"This joint venture fulfills GRA's mission by promoting Georgia to the world as a technology thought leader," said C. Michael Cassidy, President and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance. "We look forward to joining with the Forum to deliver great programs that demonstrate Georgia's top-tier status among all states in the nation."

"Enterprising Georgia brings important topics not only to our local community, but to all of Georgia and now, throughout the world, thanks in great part to the leadership from GRA," said Ann Revell-Pechar, Chair of MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta. "This endeavor allows us to draw on Georgia's Eminent Scholars and recruit those driving industry growth to our state. Thanks to GRA and our sponsors, we're more readily able to meet our goal, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship where business meets technology."

About Georgia Research Alliance

A model public-private partnership between Georgia universities, business and state government, the Georgia Research Alliance helps build Georgia's technology-rich economy in three major ways: through attracting Eminent Scholars to Georgia's research universities; through helping create centers of research excellence and through converting research into products, services and jobs that drive the economy.

About the MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship at the intersection of business and technology in the Southeast. Since the formation of the first chapter in Cambridge in 1978, the MIT Enterprise Forum has grown to a network of 24 chapters located both in the United States and abroad.

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