Innovation Garden Comes to Princeton

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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

information

on security issues all around the world. Membership is free for U.S.

companies, and the council is encouraging business — and

especially

small businesses — to join.

On Thursday, January 10, at noon, Jeffrey Stottlemeyer and

Russell

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

provide

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

agencies

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

conditions

throughout the world. Their findings are made available to all OSAC

members.

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:

January 12. Parliamentary elections in Australia.

January 20. The latest Colombian government extension

of FARC immunity in the liberated zone granted to the leftist

revolutionaries

by President Andres Pastrana expires. If a ceasefire is not

forthcoming

by this date, the Colombian peace process may collapse.

January 3.1 The World Economic Forum Summit opens at the

Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

February 23. Eid-ul Adha, Muslim Festival of Sacrifice.

February 26. The Asian Aerospace exhibit and conference

opens. The event will last until March 3.

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Innovation Garden Comes to Princeton

Innovation Garden State, a public/private initiative,

was formed to promote New Jersey’s high-tech attributes through

television,

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

Shirley

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

(www.innovationgarden.org),

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

highly-skilled

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

attractions

to show the youngsters that science can be fun.


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