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Benedict College Technology Conference to Focus on Economic and Community Development

January 26, 2006

(Columbia, SC) The Benedict College Division of Community Development and School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics presents Broadband in Cities and Towns: The Role of New Technology in Supporting Sustainable Economic and Community Development on February 27- 28, 2006 at the David H. Swinton Campus Center located at 1616 Oak Street on the campus of Benedict College.

According to Conference Director, Dr. Jabari Simama, Vice President of Community Development for Benedict College, the forums will focus on how to use new communications technology, mainly broadband and the wireless Internet, to spur, support, and sustain economic development in inner city and low-income neighborhoods. The Conference will be the first of a five annual meetings that will be hosted by Benedict College's Center of Excellence in Community Development.

The Conference will be a plain-speaking forum that will focus on actual case studies and practical applications specifically designed for non-technical professionals working to improve neighborhoods in urban communities and rural towns. Attendees will discover exactly which broadband applications would be best suited for their local situations and more importantly they will learn the critical steps needed to get started.

The Conference will offer an interactive setting for leaders, practitioners, and experts from government, education, business, public housing, community development corporations, government economic development agencies, and technology organizations to discuss the digital community models in the context of actual community and economic development projects currently being planned.

"This Conference is very unique in the manner that it will offer solutions that have broad and national applications that are truly needed and extremely relevant," notes Dr. Simama.  "Our goal is to publish all the presentations and proceedings in a document that will be available to our conference participants."

Event co-sponsors include: Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development; Simdesk Technologies; SC Association of Community Development Corporations; SC Technology Alliance; South Carolina Department of Commerce; State of SC Commission for Minority Affairs; and South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
 
For additional information call:  803.806.3283 or e-mail: comdevtech@benedict.edu

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