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NORTHEAST-MIDWEST WEEKLY UPDATE -- 7 APRIL 1998



Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>


BRIEFING ON WORKFORCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ISSUES
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     Noting the booming high-tech economy and tight labor supply, the
Senate Task Force on Manufacturing on Wednesday, April 8, is
sponsoring a briefing on the importance of having a well-trained and
educated workforce.  The session will be from 2:30 pm to 4:00 p.m. in
room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Banking Committee
hearing room).

     Three education and employment experts will explore the
correlation between actual job opportunities and student achievements,
and how U.S. educational institutions may address the needs of the
high-tech and high-skill economy.  The speakers include: Dr. Gerald
Bracey, an educational researcher and author of THE TRUTH ABOUT
AMERICA'S SCHOOLS:  THE BRACEY REPORTS, 1991-97; Dr. Robert Slavin of
the Roots and Wings program developed at John Hopkins University; and
Dr. Richard Lerman, a professor in American University's economics
department, director of the Urban Institute's human resource policy
center, and author of a forthcoming study BUILDING HOPE, SKILLS, AND
CAREERS: MAKING A U.S. YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM.

     CONTACT:  Geoffrey Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


ENERGY INNOVATION AWARDS
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     The Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies
(OIT) plans to award grants to companies and individuals with energy-
saving innovations or inventions.  The Inventions and Innovation
Program provides funding at two levels  up to $40,000 or up to
$100,000, depending on the technology's stage of development.  OIT
awards these grants based on a technology's potential for energy
savings and market penetration.  Inventors or small start-up,
technology-based companies can submit short descriptions of their
ideas to DOE's Golden Field Office prior to the solicitation period. 
The solicitation opens May 1, 1998, and closes July 31, 1998.

     CONTACT:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200) or OIT Information Resource Center (586-2090).


HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND THE U.S. ECONOMY
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     On Thursday, April 16, William Archey, president of the American
Electronics Association (AEA), will brief Northeast-Midwest
Congressional Coalition staff on CYBERNATION, a report on the role of
the high-technology industry in the U.S. economy.  Published recently
by the AEA and the Nasdaq Stock Market, the report analyzes data on
high-tech employment, wages, sales, international trade, investment
patterns, and research and development expenditures.

     CYBERNATION complements AEA's CYBERSTATES: A STATE-BY-STATE
OVERVIEW OF THE HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY, which demonstrates the
economic importance of the U.S. high-tech industry to individual state
economies.  Together, these two reports portray today's dynamic
electronic and information technology industry.

     The briefing will occur on Thursday, April 16, from 2:00 pm to
3:00 pm in room 2105 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels with Rep. Bob Franks and the Northeast-
Midwest Congressional Coalition (225-5361).


UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAYORAL MEETING
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     St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon, American Rivers, and the
Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, April 13, are sponsoring a
meeting in St. Louis of the region's mayors, representing 56 cities
and towns along the Upper Mississippi River (UMR).  The mayors
previously nominated the UMR to be an American Heritage River.  While
waiting for the Clinton Administration's selection, now expected to be
announced in May, the mayors on April 13 intend to develop an action
plan for restoring and protecting the river resources.

     CONTACT:  Ted Illston at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


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