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Local Tech Industry Leaders Convening Next Thursday to Kick Off 4th Year of Efforts

Local Tech Industry Leaders Convening Next Thursday to Kick Off 4th Year of Efforts

Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) February 18, 2006

When the world thinks of Birmingham, technology is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, that may yet change. TechBirmingham is focused on growing the region's technology ecosystem and giving Birmingham an improved reputation as a technology town. Established as a result of a community-wide task force in 2002, the organization is opening up its Annual Meeting to the public next Thursday, February 23.

The featured speaker will be Jennifer Skjellum, president of Verari Systems Software and one of TechBirmingham's vice chairmen. Mrs. Skjellum will share her story of starting MPI Software Technology, Inc. in Starkville, Miss. in 1996 and then moving the company to Birmingham, Ala. in the fall of 2003. In 2004, the company was acquired by San Diego based blade-server manufacturer RackSaver, and the combined company was renamed Verari. Mrs. Skjellum continues to lead the Birmingham subsidiary, which includes two overseas software development companies. She will also talk about how TechBirmingham plays an important role in helping to create a strong environment for technology startups.

Following the keynote, Curtis Palmer of TechBirmingham will present the results of a technology industry survey currently being conducted. The size and breadth of this economic sector is much larger than most imagine. The Birmingham region is home to a large number of technology companies who employ greater than 50 employees each on upwards to 800 in one local company. Early indications from the ongoing survey are that several hundred technology companies operate in Birmingham who are smaller than 20 employees each.

TechBirmingham will install its 2006 Board of Directors and officers at the luncheon. The list of new board members will be announced on the day of the meeting. The board is comprised of a wide cross section of organizations that make up the technology ecosystem, including leaders of technology companies, large employers, service providers, venture capitalists, and workforce development organizations and universities.

Incoming organization Chairman James Childs, a partner at Bradley Arant, will share TechBirmingham's strategic initiatives for 2006. The organization is working its way through all of the great initiatives identified in the Strategic Plan published in February 2002. The meeting will end with an invitation to the new directors and public to join "accelerator teams" lead by Board members and help accomplish the priority efforts for the new year.

The general public is invited to attend the Annual Meeting for $ 30, which may be paid a the door (checks payable to TechBirmingham or exact cash accepted). Seating is limited and will be made available on a first-come first-served basis through an online registration page available at A limited number of walk-up seats may be available on the day of the event. The luncheon is being sponsored in part by Softech Development of Hoover.


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