Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith will host a summit in August to bring public officials and leaders of the high-technology community together for a discussion of high-technology policy issues.

The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, at the Bell Harbor Center in Seattle. Tentatively scheduled is a press conference on Tuesday, August 10, at 3:00 with key participants at a location to be determined.

Commerce Secretary Richard Daley has been invited to be the keynote speaker. The day’s program will also include five panels:
• Bandwidth and Telecommunications Competition;
• Electronic Commerce on the Internet;
• Export Controls, Encryption, and Piracy;
• Work Force Development and the Information Technology Skills Gap Challenge;
• Members of Congress Discuss Congressional Agenda

After each panel’s presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Panel members will also be available in a separate room immediately after the presentation for press questions. 

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Harry Reid (D-NV), and Representatives Cal Dooley (D-CA), Tom Davis (R-VA), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Brian Baird (D-WA), Jay Inslee (D-WA), David Wu (D-OR), Bobby Etheridge (D-NC), and William Delahunt (D-MA) are tentatively scheduled to attend the summit. Sponsors include Microsoft, Boeing, APCO Associates, Battelle, GTE, Hewlett-Packard, the Port of Tacoma, US West, and Washington Mutual.

Reporters interested in attending are strongly encouraged to RSVP to Alixandria Weise at (202) 226-8456. Others interested in attending or who want more information should call Linda Danforth at (253) 926-6683.