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Current and future impact of information technology highlight of Dallas Fed conference

For immediate release: September 1, 2004

DALLAS—Businesses embraced the information technology revolution, leading to greatly streamlined operations and enhanced productivity—But now what?

An array of leading speakers from the information technology industry will convene at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on September 10, 2004, to highlight how businesses have utilized IT to their fullest advantage and explore what innovative technologies lay ahead.

“Where It’s @: Technology and the Economy,” co-sponsored by the National Association for Business Economics, also will examine how information technology continues to transform the structures of markets and firms, how companies can leverage IT investment into business value, and how it relates to venture capital, business operations, the economy and productivity.

The conference will be at the Dallas Fed, 2200 N. Pearl St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can register for the conference at

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Nicholas G. Carr, author of Does IT Matter? and former editor of Harvard Business Review.

Speakers also include Hal Varian, UC-Berkeley professor and internationally recognized authority on the economics of information technology; Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT professor and director of the Center for eBusiness; Ron Harris, founder of Southwest Capital Partners; G. Anthony Gorry, Rice University professor and director of Rice’s Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning; and Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson.

Additionally, FreshLoc Technologies Inc. President and founder Alan Camerik “Rik” Heller; Landmark Graphics CIO Jeff Donnellan; Nanotechnologies Inc. Chairman Dennis Wilson; Texas Instruments Vice President Douglas S. Rasor; UT-Dallas Dean and former Sematech CEO Robert Helms; and Alcatel North America Information Security Director John South will explore topics such as future trends, industry applications, venture capital and productivity.

Dallas Fed President and CEO Robert D. McTeer Jr. will provide opening remarks. Dallas Fed Senior Vice President and chief economist W. Michael Cox will address productivity and reorganization in the American economy.

Additional information and a list of confirmed speakers can be found on the Dallas Fed website at


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