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 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A two-day symposium titled "Getting Competitive In A Global Market" will be held in the capital region on March 18 and 19 at the Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg Area Community College.
 The symposium, sponsored by the Central Penn Technology Council, will be led by a number of internationally known speakers who will address subjects including U.S. Competitiveness, Government-Industry Cooperation, Strategic Technologies, Total Quality Management and Design-for-Manufacturability.
 Speakers slated to participate include Samuel Kramer, deputy director, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Erich Bloch, distinguished fellow, Council on Competitiveness, Washington, and former director, National Science Foundation; Dr. Will Stackhouse, assistant for High Leverage Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Dr. Roger N. Nagel, operations director, Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University; Dr. Peter Dewhurst, principal, Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc.; and Dr. Gerald I. Susman, director, Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change, The Pennsylvania State University.
 Also on the agenda are industry leaders from General Motors-Saturn Corporation, General Electric and Pennsylvania-based ALCOA, AMP Incorporated and Hershey Foods Corporation.
 Symposium Chairman John L. MacWilliams, principal of Strategic Marketing Services in Hershey, described the event as "perhaps unprecedented in central Pennsylvania, and of real value to manufacturers and service industries that are looking at the need to be more competitive in the global marketplace ... that want to know how successful companies are addressing the key issues related to this topic." He further stated, "This symposium is designed to focus attention on the question of U.S. global competitiveness, how companies can 'network' and find the resources and skills to successfully compete in their respective industries, serve their customers and remain competitive in the 90s."
 The event is expected to draw 200 corporate executives, mid-level and upper-level managers and government officials from within Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Symposium registration information is available by contacting Larry Gingrich, director, Professional Development Training Center, Harrisburg Area Community College, 717-780-2443.
 The Central Pennsylvania Technology Council is a non-profit organization supported by the Ben Franklin Partnership and member companies, whose mission is to strengthen the economy in the mid-state region by supporting the growth of technology-based industry. Led by Executive Director Joyce Ziegler, the council currently represents 20 counties in central Pennsylvania.
 The event is co-sponsored by Harrisburg Area Community College and MANTEC, a private, non-profit, state-supported organization assisting the manufacturing community in southcentral Pennsylvania.
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 /Editors: This is the first symposium of its type to be held in central Pennsylvania. Despite the lingering recession, the symposium is focused on issues that are critical to companies as they strive to be more competitive in a world market. These issues have real impact on Pennsylvania's economic development policies. For actualities on this event, call Joyce Zeigler./
 /CONTACT: Joyce Zeigler, executive director of Central Penn Technology Council, 717-238-5333, or Nancy Sacunas of Andrews Sacunas Drake & Associates, 717-233-8853, for the Central Penn Technology Council/ CO: Central Pennsylvania Technology Council ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:

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