D.C. mayor to host discussion on making city a leader in tech

February 24, 2013

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) is to moderate a panel discussion Thursday on what steps the District should take to become a world leader in technology.

The “Digital City: Transforming D.C. into a Tech Capital” event is to cover topics such as tax incentives for investment, development at the former St. Elizabeths Hospital, citywide WiFi, entrepreneurial incubators and venture capital.

Panelists are to include William Becker, regional director for Comcast Business Services; Antwayne Ford, president of Enlightened; Karen Kerrigan, president and chief executive of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council; Anthony Lewis, vice president at Verizon; and Ajay Madan, chief executive of Optimal Solutions & Technologies.

The event, sponsored by the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, begins at 4 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $75 for members, $100 for everyone else.

Other events of note
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Arlington Economic Development is holding a forum on “Arlington Real Estate Market Review & Forecast: Silver Linings.” The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at George Mason University’s Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. $40.

The D.C. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar on “Accounting and Financial Reporting Systems for Business Health and Procuring Capital.” Michael Jones, market credit executive at Capital One, is to speak. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 506 9th St. NW. Free.

George Mason University’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship begins its Spring VentureCamp Entrepreneurship Series with the topic of “Accelerators, Angels and Other Resources for Early Stage Entrepreneurs.” Speakers are to include Carla Valdes, partner at Fortify.vc; Dan Mindus, founder of CIT GAP Funds and NextGen Angels; Engin Akyol, chief technology officer at Distil.it; and Will Fuentes, founder of Lemur Retail. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at George Mason University’s Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is holding a workshop on recruiting and hiring. Jennifer Bainbridge of MomCorps is the speaker. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 1763 Fountain Dr., Reston. Free for members, $10 for everyone else.

The Maryland-China Business Council is hosting a Chinese New Year event, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hunan Manor Restaurant, 7091 Deepage Dr., Columbia. $50 for members, $70 for everyone else.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Jonathcn Perrelli, founder of Fortify.vc, is to speak at a dinner hosted by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Council. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center, 2801 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg. $45-$50 for members, $65 for everyone else.

— Shawn Selby

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