Connaughton to Speak

Sean Connaughton, the newly elected chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, will speak at the Prince William/66 Partnership's "Power Breakfast" this morning at 8.

Connaughton's remarks will focus on economic development opportunities for western Prince William County.

The breakfast will be held at the Manassas Holiday Inn, at Interstate 66 and Sudley Road.

For more information, call John Hampton, president of the partnership, at 703-335-5523.

Researchers Open Doors

The Georgia Tech Research Institute is holding an open house for the public from 2 to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at its new Quantico location, 305 Fifth St.

The institute, a team of university-based research engineers and scientists with information technology and systems engineering expertise, expanded to Quantico on Oct. 1 to be closer to one of its major customers--the Marines. The institute also has a location at 1700 N. Moore St. in Arlington.

The institute provides research in the technology areas for the Department of Defense and others. The Quantico site has four full-time researchers.

Chamber Accredited

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has approved the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce for its 10-year re-accreditation.

The accreditation program was established by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and about one in five chambers of commerce has been accredited.

To receive reaccreditation, a chamber must submit an evaluation report to the U.S. Chamber every five years.

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