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Overseas Security For Business Travelers
The Overseas Security Council, a partnership of private
industry and the U.S. Department of State, collects and shares
on security issues all around the world. Membership is free for U.S.
companies, and the council is encouraging business — and
small businesses — to join.
On Thursday, January 10, at noon, Jeffrey Stottlemeyer and
Ross of the council speak on "Security for the International
Travel in the Age of Terrorism" at a meeting of the International
Trade Network at the Nassau Club. Cost $30. Call 609-921-3322.
Rich Miller, principal in Miller & Mitchell, a law firm with
offices on State Road, is organizing the meeting. Of international
travel, Miller says simply, "I’m scared."
He is not alone. Stottlemeyer, deputy executive director of OSAC,
says its website (www.ds-osac.org) normally receives 25,000 to 50,000
hits a week, but in the weeks after September 11 that number soared
to 1 million. Interest in security is way up, and OSAC exists to
information on a broad range of security issues.
Stottlemeyer explains that information comes both from the government
and from the private sector. OSAC has established Country Councils
in embassies around the world. They collect tips on everything from
hotels where pickpockets operate with impunity to local security
with lax employees. "A lot of the information is subjective,"
says Stottlemeyer. OSAC makes all of it available, and lets companies
form their own judgments.
In addition to its Country Councils, OSAC employs five analysts in
Washington, D.C., who monitor and analyze economic and political
throughout the world. Their findings are made available to all OSAC
Among the information gathered are "Dates to Watch," which
are listed on OSAC’s website. Inclusion on this list doesn’t mean
that a particular locale should be shunned by business travelers,
merely that they should be aware of the event, and should assess its
possible impact. Upcoming dates include:
of FARC immunity in the liberated zone granted to the leftist
by President Andres Pastrana expires. If a ceasefire is not
by this date, the Colombian peace process may collapse.
Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
opens. The event will last until March 3.
Innovation Garden State, a public/private initiative,
was formed to promote New Jersey’s high-tech attributes through
print, and Internet campaigns. Now it has added another dimension
to its campaign, with its first ever public event, the Innovators
Conference on Friday, January 11, at 9 a.m. at McDonnell Hall on the
Princeton University campus.
Speakers include incoming Governor James E. McGreevey, John
Marburger III, science advisor to President Bush; Ira Flatow,
host of NPR’s Science Friday; Congressman Rush Holt; and
Tilghman, president of Princeton University and herself a research
scientist in biogenetics. Cost: $60. Call 609-984-4924.
Steve Sasala, president and CEO of Prosperity New Jersey, the
parent organization of Innovation Garden State
says that to attract knowledge-based businesses, the state must also
have an educated, technically savvy workforce. Directly going after
companies is a goal, but he says that a more realistic approach to
building up the state’s roster of high-tech companies is to make the
state attractive to knowledge workers. Get a good base of
workers, he says, and companies will follow.
The organization’s publicity campaign to date has been aimed at those
workers throughout the country and around the world. The Innovators
Conference is a first step toward nurturing home-grown talent. In
addition to the speakers, there will be activities for children.
"We want to get kids’ attention," says Sasala. "We want
to create home-grown knowledge workers." Liberty Science Center
and the New Jersey Network will be on hand with interactive
to show the youngsters that science can be fun.
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