Monday, Jan. 10, 2005 (No. 48)
Editor & Publisher 
Milt Capps
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NTC's Flagship Event
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005
Tom Dugger
VP-Systems Group
in today's Spotlight






Venture Innovation Enterprise

Partnership & Recognition



East/West Tenn.& Region

Research & Education


Scheduled Events

Little is known here about Former Vice President Al Gore's IndTV launch
, but he's recruiting IT staff in San Fran, Washington Post. GNN
report Jan. 5 says Gore seeks "edgy" newsclips from Gen Y. Background: Gore's group buys Newsworld net, 5/04.

NTC Tech Roundtables "Drivers of Corporate Valuation for Technology Companies," Jan. 13; then, Feb. 3 issues inherent in "Making the Call: Java or .Net or Both!?" Roundtable details here.

5th Annual Technology! Nashville convenes Feb. 15, update, sponsorships and registration here.

Integrated Biometric Tech. contract with U.S. Transportation agency will exceed $50 million, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 31. Tennessean, Dec. 31.

Nashville siting of Bank of New York's $120 million, behind-the-scenes data center (dba TN Processing Cntr. LLC) was quiet, perhaps for fear of New Yorkers' reactions,
BusinessTN, Jan. 2005, p. 11, not on web. Related item (4/04) in NONT, May 4/04.

Smartvue foresees remarkable $100 million future, as it reports angel investments totaling $1.5 million, as a result of support from Nashville Capital Network. Release, Dec. 15. Nash. Bus. Journal,
Dec. 15., Dec. 15. Tennessean, Dec. 16.

Nashville's SmartDM bought lock, stock and database for $22 million by Little Rock's Acxiom, City Paper,
Jan. 10. Acxiom release Jan. 7., Jan. 7. Nashville City Paper, Jan. 7. AP via Forbes, Jan. 7. Ark., Jan. 7. Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Jan. 8. Tennessean, Jan. 8. Commercial Appeal, Jan. 8, scroll here.

Nashville Health Care Council program, The Investment Community's Outlook for the Health Care Industry, 11 a.m., Hilton Nashville Downtown, speakers including Anne Barlow, Southwest Securities Inc.; David Dempsey, Avondale Partners; Frank Morgan, Jefferies & Co.; Darren Lehrich, Piper Jaffray. For more information, write here.
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Dugger: HealthStream IT must deliver education and expertise to customers 24x7

HealthStream's VP Systems Group Tom Dugger acquired his agility the old-fashioned way: by serving demanding employers and customers who have wide-ranging requirements, as well as mission-critical reliance on information technologies.

Dugger, 51, is just past the three-year mark at HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM), which provides online training and education services for the healthcare industry, with heavy weighting toward acute-care hospitals, with additional concentrations in pharmaceutical and medical-device sectors.

"Our goal every day is ensuring optimal performance for our customers, making sure that the customer experience is a rich one, and is as comfortable for them as picking-up the telephone," Dugger explains. He adds, "This means working closely with each customer from the requirements-definition and adoption phases, through and beyond the point at which the HealthStream learning solution is accepted within the culture of the customer organization."

Asked how he honed himself for technology leadership at HealthStream -- a closely watched, publicly held ASP enterprise in the red-hot e-learning sector -- Dugger cited his earlier duties with HCA (1979-1996, where ultimately he served as VP-Systems Support, with more than 300 IT staff); and InfoAdvantage (VP-Healthcare Consulting, 1996-2001), where he says the diversity of customers' requirements meant "you had to be pretty nimble to keep up."

Dugger is responsible for a professional staff of 34, with duties focused on technical management of HealthStream's product lines, including architecture, development, quality assurance, site operations, security, and project management. Read more about HealthStream technologies, priorities, IT here.

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"Drivers of Corporate Valuation for Technology Companies" is the topic of Thursday's NTC Tech Roundtable, details here.
Nashville Capital Network founding member of Angel Capital Association,, Jan. 3; Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 3. Tennessean, Jan. 4, scroll down here. On Feb. 16, NCN hosts "Organizing Your Business": Moderator Paul Wallace (American Healthways); Stuart Campbell, Stites & Harbison; Paige Davidson, Bass Berry; Carig Buffkin, Buffkin Assocs.; Jon Billington, Ernst & Young; Stuart McWhorter, Clayton Assocs. No charge or advance registration required. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, VU Owen Graduate School of Management.

LBMC purchases Knoxville-based IT Solutions, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 4. Tennessean, Jan. 5 here. Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 5. LBMC
release Jan. 4.

Crants' Satellite Tracking of People (STOP) sues iSECUREtrac to protect Blue Tag surveillance technology, as acquisitions proceed,,
Dec. 29. Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 6. Tennessean, Jan. 7.

Snappy Auctions Founder Debbie Gordon says the Nashville-based franchisor of eBay Drop-Off Stores, announced it will be opening 4 additional locations in New York City in February. Snappy Auctions has signed and will soon open 30 stores in seven states, with about
a dozen sites to be fully operational by EOM. 

eMax game, video, music enterprise moving HQ to Nashville from Orlando, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Dec. 13.

American Technology Group hands-over IT-project clients to
Advanced Network Solutions, but retains niched LiveVault practice; two allies say they'll refer business to each other, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 2, Jan. 7. Release dated Jan. 10.

EVP/CIO Bob Spieth says Ozburn-Hessey is introducing RFID, in anticipation of retailer demand, p. 3, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Jan. 7. Ozburn-Hessey tackles Red Bull logistics, release Jan. 5.

Franklin-based Passalong finds a musical niche, The City Paper,
Jan. 5.

Nashville's Council Ventures has taken part in the first round of institutional funding for iKobo Inc., a three-year-old financial services company based in Atlanta that provides electronic payment services,
Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 27. Release, here.

Nashville-based iPayment Inc. (NASDAQ/NM:IPMT) and First Data Corp. (NYSE:FDC) announced Dec. 28 iPayment acquired portfolio of merchant contracts from First Data's Merchant Services subsidiary for $130 million in cash. Release Dec. 28. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec.
28., Dec. 28.

Motricity (former PowerByHand and Palmgear, before leaving Nashville) hires first CFO in NC,
Raleigh N&O, Jan. 7.

Anode's aggressive move in digital signage and now content has panned-out well, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Dec. 24.

In Nashville, Visnulimited's Curatorial Management System devised by Hagen-Epps continues to attract new channel-partners, and sales of the museum-quality asset-management tool is expected to expand to schools and homeowners, Tennessean, Davidson A.M., Dec. 27, not on web. Similar story, Nash. Bus. Journal, Oct. 24 (
NONT No. 44). 

Oak-Ridge-based Aimsi Technologies (rad.-detection) under investigation by SEC, Knox. News Sentinel,
Dec. 31.

Memphis' Limelight Media (digital signage, diversifying into traditional media) discards Cornell Capital relationship for what it hopes will be stronger capital-recruitment partner, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 8. Earlier related, Dec. 23 and 24.

Regal Entertainment (Knox.) seems to be realizing rewards from investment in digital technologies,
BusinessTN, p. 16, Jan. 2005, not on web.

First Horizon FTN Financial acquires NYC-based Alterity Partners, which provides M&A advice and support for high-growth tech/software and government technology-oriented firms, among others,,
Nov.21. Alterity work includes WebMD acquisition (9/2000) of OnHealth. Release here.
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SCSI Bus. Sols. (Columbia) chief Don Reeves says tech business booming in mid-TN and he sees VoIP, other factors fueling further growth, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 31.

NorthStar Studios says Nashville should be "Television City," after surge of serving broadcasters within its north Nashville campus. The City Paper,
Dec. 29.

Gaylord's First Resort unit sells property-management software to Instant Software, release here.

Nashville's Kyzen Corp.'s tech-cleaning products find way into NASA Shuttle support, Tennessean,
Dec. 21.

Chattanooga Technology Council leader T. J. Gentle of Miller & Martin is profiled,
Dec. 23, Times Free Press.

Dollar General CIO Bruce Ash
is elevated to Sr. VP, Tennessean, 5E, Jan. 9, scroll here.

OffSite Works named 'Best Place to Work in Middle Tennessee' among companies with 1-25 employees by Nashville Business Journal. Related Nash. Bus. Journal article
posted here. OW says: OffSite Works provides off-site project support using a pool of professionals who work remotely. The virtual nature of the company extends to its employees and was a key to employee satisfaction. 

Cracker Barrell relies on Little Planet e-learning to improve employee retention and loyalty, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 17,
Jan. 7.

SmartData of Franklin reaps more GIS work from Ohio governmental partners,
Dec. 22.

(further) Provisio's iTrials unit partners with Fleishman-Hillard's Clinical Trials division,, Dec. 23.

Kevin Wilmot named director, Web development, Total Net Solutions, Tennessean, 5E, Jan. 9,
scroll here.

John Cerasuolo named VP-Services, AFL Telecommunications, Tennessean, 5E, Jan. 9,

Principal Communications (cellular svcs.) formed by President John Potts, formerly of Powertel Comms., with Victor Crawford, vp-bus. operations. Jeff Schueler is vp-R&D. wireless , p. 5, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 31, not on web. Tennessean, People,
Jan. 2.

Comcast/Nashville's Sanders named to lead Comcast region, Tennessean,
Dec. 29. 

Matt McLelland joins IT staff of Kenco Group, Inc., Chattanooga, supporting internal projects of the logistics enterprise, Times Free Press, p. 65,
Jan. 9.

Memphis-based Valocity (former Appraisal Forum) appoints Jones as chief for tech compliance, quality assurance, announced Jan. 5.
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Underway this morning, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson convenes Commission on Systemic Interoperability, with briefers including Dr. David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., National Healthcare Information Technology Coordinator; Dr. Barry Blumenfeld, M.D., M.S., Associate Director Clinical Informatics R&D, Partners Healthcare System; Dr. Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, CCHIT, Medical Director, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, among others. Vanderbilt's Bill Stead serves on the Commission.

Featherling of Nashville's Relegent is reunited with HealthTeacher, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Dec. 23.

Franklin-based Passport Health Communications Inc. has announced these staff additions: Bob Johnson, a software developer, was previously a programmer/analyst with WebMD. John Survant, data center manager, was director of communications and networks for
Central Parking. Tennessean,
Jan. 9.

Healthcare Management Services announces addition of clinical-solutions and HMS Monitor implementation specialists, People, Tennessean, Dec. 26, scroll down here.

HealthStream locks HealthSouth business, release Dec.23.

Gordian Health Solutions reports surge in population health-management clients, release Dec. 16.

ActiveHealth Management uses XLHealth CareEngine platform to deliver care suggestions and services to Tennessee Medicare beneficiaries, release Dec. 14.

President/CEO Carlson of SRI International offers views on IT and acceleration of drug development, HealthITWorld, Dec. 15,

Metro Nashville Selects Cardiac Science as Provider of AEDs for Public Access Defibrillation Program,
release Jan. 4.

Nashville Health Care Council program, The Investment Community's Outlook for the Health Care Industry, 11 a.m., Hilton Nashville Downtown, speakers including Anne Barlow, Southwest Securities Inc.; David Dempsey, Avondale Partners; Frank Morgan, Jefferies & Co.; Darren Lehrich, Piper Jaffray. For more information, write
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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here. Also, see previous issues, here.

Gov. Bredesen names ECD Tech Director Eric Cromwell to So. Growth Policies Board, release Dec. 22. SGPB had released report in September citing lagging Tech investment in the South.

TN Dept of Safety seeks electronic Customer Management System (queuing) via RFP 349.02-401, due Jan. 11.

TN Lottery did a quick (issued 1/3, closed 1/7) RFP for offsite data-protection services.

Facility Resources (Atlanta) and Avatech Solutions (Va. Bea.) were the only bidders for the State's Asset Information Management System Maintenance and Support Services
RFP 317.10-003, still under evaluation. (Editor's note: Seems relatively few TN-based firms bid on major in-state government IT RFPs. Would welcome readers' comments on this and any related matters - Milt Capps)

NEW: State on Jan. 5 issued
RFP 317.03-117 for Statewide Payphone Services, to succeed Cincinnati Bell as contractor, with proposal due date Feb. 7. Also, proposals for RFP 329.01-143 Inmate Phone Services due Feb. 15.
Legislator Burchette suggests using Smart Card technology from PMR in Knoxville to alleviate TennCare's crisis with respect to abuse of prescription drugs, Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 23.

TN Dept of Ed IT director Cothron endorses Oracle portal, Oracle release,
Dec. 15.
Dell Inc. opts to keep some, returns some Metro Nashville land, Tennessean, Jan. 5.

Lott says Metro Schools' technology should be running better by later this month, as fight against viruses and worms continues and additional schools are added to system, City Paper,
Jan. 3.

City of Knoxville contracts with Motorola for 311 services, software seems near, Knox. News Sentinel,
Dec. 27.

TN Revenue announces intensified search for use-tax liabilities stemming from Internet, catalog purchases of professional-services
firms, Knox. News Sentinel,
Jan. 8. Tennessean, Jan. 9.

MLGW investment in Memphis Networx broadband venture continues to draw fire, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 9. Also, use Search function to search for Memphis Networx previous coverage.

(further) Ganier of Education Networks of America faces new allegations of illegally deleting e-mail, NewsChannel5 WTVF,
Jan. 6. Related NewsChannel5 story, Jan. 3. Ganier's attorney Harwell defends client, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 8 (stories not long available on site).

Bush signs law to speed E-rate funding and enable 911 location of cell phoners, Washington Post,
Dec. 24.

Intellectual property, file-sharing, copyright laws may be influenced by shift of Congressional committee chairmanship from Hatch to Specter in 2005, Washington Post, Dec. 16.
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Saturn's new "Sky" model shoots for the moon, Tennessean, Jan. 7. Saturn's 'ailing brand' gets another shot with roadster, NY Times, Jan. 7.

eCost, sister of PC Mall, sets distribution hub at Memphis, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Jan. 7.

MPI Business Solutions wins $9M contract from UT-Battelle for admin and tech services at ORNL, release Dec. 27 here. Knox. News Sentinel, Dec. 28, here

NuMarkets spreads to Arkansas, presses suit against former franchisee in Georgia,
Chatta. Times Free Press, Jan. 4.

Scripps Networks splits business development function between Knoxville and New York City, release
Jan. 6.

Memphians bemoan slow growth in W. TN, Commercial Appeal,
Jan. 6. Memphis losing some of its appeal for companies, Commercial Appeal, Jan. 5. Memphis capital investment from new and existing business approached $1 bn in '04, Commercial Appeal, Dec. 29.

Knoxville's Radio Systems Corp. (PetSafe) adopts SMTC Corp.'s e-manufacturing services, BusinessTN, p. 18, Jan. 2005, not on web.

Computer forensics big business for BigWave in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Dec. 14.

Remote meter-reading systems and laptops let E.TN utilities gauge electric, gas, water usage while driving-by at 40 mph. Knox. News
Dec. 20.

AmSouth introduce biometric hand-reading security system in Knoxville, Knox. News Sentinel,
Dec. 27.

Update on the Memphis Biotech push, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Dec. 27.

East Jackson-based incubator begins at Lane College, enterprise may be aided by broadband-technology funding by NSF for historically
Black institutions,
Business TN magazine, p. 8, Jan. 2005, not on web.

Despite officials' efforts to recruit Federal grants, Chattanooga Enterprise Center is feeling growing pains, Times Free Press, p. 64, Jan. 9.
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Today, Jan. 10, Sydney Rogers begins work as Executive Director, Alignment Nashville, reporting in the nonprofit slot to Tom Cigarran, the Alignment's volunteer chairman (and founder of American Healthways). Rogers has long been associated with education and technology initiatives and previously served Nashville State Community College, where she was VP-Community and Economic Development. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce was prime mover in fostering the Alignment. Rogers will be officed within Chamber facilities downtown.

Former Vanderbilt Chancellor Joe Wyatt named head of American Learning Solutions, Tennesseann,
Dec. 31., Dec. 28.

In Nashville, ThinkLink Learning's Shrago says growth rate was surprise, but demand for K-12 education improvement and being buffered from economy helped, Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 24. ThinkLink enables Memphis students to practice for TCAP, Commercial Appeal,
Dec. 10.

FedEx Institute of Technology is gaining reputation as center for research, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Dec. 10.

UT School of Information Sciences' Tenopir receives award for work in online reference services and info access and retrieval in information industry, Knox. News Sentinel,
Dec. 20.

Laptop Institute at Lausanne Collegiate School at Memphis will attract attendees nationwide, Commercial Appeal,
Dec. 26.

TN schools get another so-so report card, Tennessean,
Jan. 6. Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 6. Tennessee Math and English education scores do not compute, Tennessean, Jan. 5. City Paper, Jan. 5.

U.S. Rep. Gordon (D-6) remains ranking Democrat on House Science Committee, cites math-science education as priority, Daily News Journal,
Jan. 8.

Heritage Planetarium reports increased audience for science and space education in E. TN, Knox. News Sentinel,
Dec. 27.

Metro Nashville high-school students can take first step toward gaining Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), thanks to collaboration among Stratford and McGavock High Schools with Nashville State Community College; students take first course in high school, then continue education at NSCC, leading to national CIW examination. Tennessean, 2B, Dec. 16, not on web. Schools lagging in adopting education technologies, NY Times,
Jan. 7. National Education Technology Plan released, here Jan. 7.

Williamson County schools forms student advisory council that tests software, provides ideas. Project draws attention of national e-learning consultant Deneen Bowen. Tennessean, Dec. 15, Williamson AM edition, Dec. 14, here.
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Search the News of Nashville Technology archive for business intelligence, here.

Melissa Tribble today joins Nashville Technology Council as Manager-Member Services. She was formerly an administrative staff member for a member of the TN General Assembly; earlier, she was a sales and marketing intern for Sony Music Nashville. She earned her B.B.A. (Marketing) at Belmont University in 2003.

VoIP roundup:  VoIP redefining Nashville phone service, Nashville City Paper,
Jan. 5. VoIP/IP/ISP addressed by ISDN-Net CoFounder Russell via Nashville's "Let's Talk Computers" radio program. Replay interview here. VoIP "911" hurlde discussed in Chattanooga, Times Free Press, Dec. 27. Internap Network Services will support Vonage VoIP in Nashville, rel. Dec. 21. Nicom Technologies office in Memphis reports boom in VoIP business, Memphis Bus. Journal, Dec. 31. Comcast to offer VoIP in 20 cities in '05, all markets by '06, AP via Wash. Post, Jan. 10.

atchwork of DSL/Telecom ownership is hobbling Nashville, says columnist Neff, City Paper,
Jan. 10.

Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence
conference Feb. 18 includes TN Finance Chief Dave Goetz, executives from Caterpillar Finance, Boeing and others, and includes presentation on "Using e-Learning to implement Six Sigma Projects - Accelerate Implementation and Cut Costs," by Bob Duthie, Chairman and Founder of Nashville's Duthie Associates, Inc.

How Dell Inc. minimizes offshoring, by improving processes, NY Times
Dec. 19. Tennessean, Dec. 19. Dell's choice of Winston Salem site for capital investment, release Dec. 22.

Nashville gets national attention following Expansion Magazine ranking as best-perceived corporate relocation destination: Nashville is all the buzz, Tennessean editorial,
Jan. 6. Knoxville ranks 14th in Expansion survey, Knox. News Sentinel, Jan. 6. Nashville ranked No. 1 for corporate location by Expansion magazine,, Jan. 3; Nash. Bus. Journal, Jan. 3; Tennessean, Jan. 4; City Paper, Jan. 4, here.

Business 2.0 magazine's December issue ranked Nashville 4th in nation as great (and cheap) place for immigres from traditional Tech meccas to reestablish themselves, article

Tennessee IT Prospects: Tennessee's IT hiring outlook is cautious: 8 percent of TN CIOs in Robert Half poll say they'll hire in 1Q; nationally, the number is 9; in D.C. area, it's 25, Memphis Bus. Journal,
Dec. 27. Hiring pendulum may be swinging back toward IT services firms, CNet News, Jan. 7. Tennessee's dismal ranking in IT development, related State priorities and New Economy Index irk Kingsport publisher, Kingsport Times News, Jan. 9. Protech editorial, Jan. 3., Times Free Press here

Experts offer thousands of predictions about impact of the Internet on society, Pew/Elon
study here. Related story, NY Times, Jan. 10.
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For frequent updates, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" page, found here. Check business calendars of The Tennessean; The City Paper ; and Nashville Business Journal. And, visit Tennessee's technology councils' sites:
CALENDAR ( * indicates new or revised item)
(Jan. 11) NTC Management Skills series begins. Presenter Jay Ress. Details here.

* (Jan. 12) E. TN Tech. Council, Wireless Seminar (free), Fountainhead Coll., 1 p.m., Knoxville. For more information or to register, visit here.

* (Jan. 12) Ed. David Fox of BusinessTN Magazine to address regions' economies Wednesday before Memphis PRSA, Commercial Apppeal,
Jan. 8.

* (Jan. 13) AITP Nashville program on "Integration Technology," The Prime Hotel, Airport Cntr., 5:30 p.m., speaker P. Mohan, CEO, eTransX. Registration onsite. More information

(Jan. 13) NTC Tech Roundtable, program on IT corporate valuation.  Details in Venture section above and here.

(Jan. 19-20) Tennessee Cyber-Infrastructure Initiative: Conference on Computational Applications, papers invited. Murfreesboro, TN. For further information, write Penny Morris or George Garrison.

(Jan. 19) David Williams on Strategic Planning, Chattanooga Technology Council, 11:30 a.m., Trade Center, rsvp

* (Jan. 20) Excellence in Manufacturing Awards, cosponsored by Nash. Bus. Journal, LBMC, Nashville Area Chamber, for details

* (Jan. 20) InfraGard mid-TN meeting, 1:30 p.m., Belmont University, speaker Brandon Watkins, Infrastructure Protection Coordinator, TN Office of Homeland Security, re: formation of state's Defense Advisory Council. For more information write
Brad Lide.

* (Jan. 21) Nashville Health Care Council program, The Investment Community's Outlook for the Health Care Industry, 11 a.m., Hilton Nashville Downtown, speakers including Anne Barlow, Southwest Securities Inc. David Dempsey, Avondale Partners; Frank Morgan, Jefferies & Co.; Darren Lehrich, Piper Jaffray. For more information, write here.

(Jan 25) WiTT monthly meeting, with Alan Tackett and Mary Dietrich, Directors of Vanderbilt University’s ACCRE (Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education) will speak.  Vanderbilt Hill Center, 1231 18th Avenue South, 4:30 p.m. Details

* (Jan. 25) E. TN Technology Corridor partners will participate in Energy Efficiency Technology & Business Fair
@ Harvey L. Haynes Conference & Technology Training Center, Enka Campus, Asheville-Buncombe (N.C.) Technical Community College. Free,
details here.

* (Jan. 25) WiTT's back in action with Alan Tackett and Mary Dietrich, Directors of Vanderbilt University's Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education, at Hill Center, 4:30 p.m. Members: $15 Non-Members $25. For details and
registration here.

* (Jan. 25) NE TN Technology Council annual meeting breakfast with presentation by Mountain State Health Alliance on healthcare technologies. For reservations please contact Vivian Crymble at or call 423-279-9000.
* (Jan. 26) Memphis BioWorks Development Council Speaker Dr. Andre Maisonneuve, President/CEO, Validian, on "Open Communication, Mutual Authentication, Secure Exchanges" , for details contact For reservations, please contact Brenda Montgomery.

(Jan. 26)
HealthLeaders regional IT leadership conference, Memphis.

* (Jan. 28) U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper's (D-5) small-business government procurement marketing workshop, Nash. Bus. Journal,
Dec. 22.

* (Feb. 3) NTC Tech Roundtable, "Making the call: Java, .Net or Both?!", presentation by Steve Kukulka, Area Director, ComFrame. Program registration

* (Feb. 10) AITP Nashville program with Larry McCoy,CIO, Caterpillar Financial Services, details

(Feb. 15) NTC Technology! Nashville 2005. NTC's annual flagship event. For sponsorship info, write 

(Feb. 16) Nashville Capital Network program on "Organizing Your Business": Moderator Paul Wallace (American Healthways); Stuart Campbell, Stites & Harbison; Paige Davidson, Bass Berry; Carig Buffkin, Buffkin Assocs.; Jon Billington, Ernst & Young; Stuart McWhorter, Clayton Assocs. No charge or advance registration required. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, VU Owen Graduate School of Management. 

(Feb. 18) Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence conference includes TN Finance Chief Dave Goetz, executives from Caterpillar Finance, Boeing and others, and includes presentation on "Using e-Learning to implement Six Sigma Projects - Accelerate Implementation and Cut Costs," by Bob Duthie, Chairman and Founder of Nashville's Duthie Associates, Inc.

(Feb. 23) Chattanooga Technology Council luncheon, David McGee,
author Ford Tough: Bill Ford and the Battle to Rebuild America's Automaker, 11:30 a.m., Trade Center. Details here.

(March 16) Chattanooga Technology Council, 11:30 a.m., Venture Capital Panel. Details here.

(March 17) – MTSU Emerging Technology in Manufacturing event. Details here. Contact: Dr. Charles Perry, Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence, Inst. Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies, College of Basic and Applied Sciences.

* (March 23-24) SBA business matchmaking event, Tennessean,
Dec. 18. Nash. Bus. Journal, Dec. 17., Dec. 16.

(April 5)
Leadership Music Digital Summit, Belmont Curb Center, Nashville, details available later this month.

(May 18) – NTC Nashville Technology Innovation Conference will be Wednesday, May 18, 2005, with emphasis on innovations that address current and emerging technology needs of enterprises large and small. The unprecedented NTC event will be at BellSouth Auditorium, downtown Nashville. Speakers currently confirmed include execs from Symantec, IBM, Brooktrout, CapGemini, Tacit Networks, J.P. Morgan. Registration, sponsorship, exhibit and related details are forthcoming. Info, write 

(July 12-15) Tenn. Valley Corridor 2005
National Summit, Washington, D.C.

(Aug. 24) – NTC's InfoSec Nashville 2005 information-security conference will be Wednesday August 24, with
CSI information-security training Aug. 22, 23, 25, 26. For further information, write
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