What to watch: key events this week: May 3-7

Monday, May 3, 2010

One of the advantages to doing business in and around Washington is that we get lots of extra face time with leading policymakers.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski appears Monday (May 3) before the Northern Virginia Technology Council to take part in its popular fall-spring series of public policy conversations. The event is scheduled as part of a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Genachowski is scheduled to sit down with moderator Jim Fleming, a partner at Columbia Capital, to talk about a variety of telecommunications issues, including the agency's recently released National Broadband Plan, which addresses spectrum allocation and broadband's role in health care, education and energy efficiency.

Genachowski's visit comes just a couple weeks after a federal appeals court ruled against the government's attempt to regulate broadband service and set rules for how content on the Internet should be managed, a concept known as net neutrality.

"Considering the latest legal developments in the net neutrality debate, the chairman's insights are sure to be interesting and topical," a program advisory promised.

Other events of note:

Monday and Tuesday, May 3-4

Get ready for lots of perfect smiles when 21,000 orthodontists, members of the American Association of Orthodontists, wrap up their annual convention at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Wednesday, May 5

Ready to grab your share of stimulus dollars? The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Congressional Procurement Conference and Expo with 36 workshops and 85 exhibitors at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. Exhibitors include government agencies, big prime contractors and folks in between.

The D.C. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a banking and finance industry forum at the offices of Holland & Knight in Washington. Panel members are to talk about the region's employment needs and how to sustain job growth in the industry. Speakers will include Kate Carr, president of Cardinal Bank; Luis G. Lobo, regional president of BB&T; Michael N. Harreld, regional president of PNC Bank; and Lyles Carr III, senior vice president at the McCormick Group, among others.

Later in the evening, its time to don your cocktail dress or suit for a gala celebrating the renovation of Georgetown's hoity-toity social Safeway on Wisconsin Avenue NW. At 71,000 square feet, the updated store is slated to be the city's largest grocery.

All week

Earning season continues. Look for reports from data center builder Dupont Fabros Technology on Tuesday, education services firm Blackboard on Wednesday, and Cogent Communications on Thursday, just to name a few.

-- Dan Beyers

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