Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Blog Release: Invitation to Discuss Immigration and Globalization

From Audrey Russo, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Technology Council:

I am writing to request your participation in an upcoming forum to discuss how our region and the nation as a whole can leverage the powerful contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs to maintain the United States' competitive position in today’s intensely competitive global economy.

This event, which will be held on Thursday, July 17 from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at Seagate Technology’s research center in Pittsburgh, will feature renowned guest, Vivek Wadhwa, a Harvard fellow and Executive in Residence in Duke. Recently Wadhwa’s research at Duke University has focused on the impact of globalization on the engineering profession, the competitive threat from India and China, and one of America’s greatest advantages – its skilled immigrants.

In one of his recent studies, Mr. Wadhwa’s research team identified that nearly 25 percent of technology firms founded in the U.S. between 1995 and 2005 had at least one immigrant founder. His research has received worldwide attention and acclaim and he is a regular columnist for BusinessWeek.com. To learn more about Vivek's research, please visit www.globalizationresearch.com.

We are very pleased to have the opportunity to host Mr. Wadhwa on Thursday, July 17 and hope that you will consider joining us for this informative discussion. To confirm your participation, please contact the Council’s events team at 412.918.4229 by Monday, July 14.

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