High-tech assembly slated

September 18, 1991

The Greater Baltimore Committee's High Tech Forum, a regional group of business, scientific and academic leaders, will sponsor 20 different events as part of the 2nd annual High Tech Assembly.

The assembly features three weeks of technology oriented trade fairs, research seminars, scientific conferences and openings of high-tech facilities.

More than 25 area businesses, scientific and academic organizations are involved in the events scheduled to begin Sept. 30.

This year's events are part of the GBC's overall plan to build a regional economy driven by the life sciences with the potential of creating high-skill and high-wage jobs.

Sixteen of the metropolitan area's top 50 employers are health-related and the state already receives more research dollars from the National Institutes of Health than does any other state, according to the GBC.

The largest private employer in the region is now the Johns Hopkins University and health system, with a combined work force of 28,000.

The GBC is pushing for the region to set a goal of entering the next century as an international headquarters for the life sciences.

The idea is that a coordinated effort by business, labor and government can construct a new engine for economic growth out of medicine and biotechnology

The GBC outlined a four-part strategy to reach the goal: improving education in the region, developing a more entrepreneurial business culture, enlisting all elements of the community and building a life sciences infrastructure.

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