Early Briefing: The 2008 Local Economy Challenge
On Mondays, we turn the Business section over to local news. Here's a sample of what's in today's Washington Business:
Making predictions about the region's economy during the past few years was a fairly straightforward exercise: count on steady growth across the board. This year, however, with the U.S. economy threatening to tumble into a recession, prognosticating about the Washington area's economic future is a lot trickier. See how 23 participants in the 2008 Local Economy Challenge rate the region's prospects.
Who won the 2007 Local Economy Challenge?
One major local industry got a boost from last week's federal budget: defense contractors. The proposed 2009 budget released by the White House contained increases in allocations for programs dear to several major local companies' hearts - and businesses. See story.
In tomorrow's Potomac Primary, federal workers in the Washington region will have a vested interest - they'll be voting on who should be their boss come 2009. See Stephen Barr's Federal Diary column.
Two weeks from now, E. Anthony Rankin will be sworn in as the first African-American president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Rankin, who credits a series of mentors and role models for helping him over the years, plans to use his new position to advocate for his profession and boost diversity among new doctors. See story.
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He's back: Phillip Merrick, the founder of WebMethods, is launching today a new Internet company called VisualCV that seeks to put a Web 2.0 twist on the traditional resume. See story.
Battle of the marketing rivals: D.C. convention officials last week played host to representatives from dozens of other major U.S. cities - all of them hoping to lure lucrative business from meeting planners. See story.
Commentary: Frank Baitman, president of Petards Inc., a Baltimore-based video surveillance firm, writes that patchwork state and local regulation of images captured by security cameras provides inadequate privacy guarantees. With more of these cameras being deployed each day by government agencies and private businesses, Congress needs to write laws governing how video images should be stored and distributed. See his article.
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