This Week in the News…

Posted: February 9, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Monday, Feb. 5, Washington Post

What Slump? Forecast Still Bright for Tech

Roger R. Stough, an endowed public policy professor at George Mason University, said he believes that the value of the products and services produced by the Washington area’s technology sector will grow by 13.5 percent this year, nearly twice the pace of the technology sector nationally and also a faster pace than what he envisions in four other metropolitan areas with large-scale technology employment….’Unlike most other regions, a large and rapidly growing portion of the procurement dollars in the National Capital region go for technology services such as software development, systems integration, and network design, maintenance and operations. Demand for these services will remain high and continue to grow despite slowing economic growth,’ Stough and a Mason colleague, research scientist Rajendra Kulkarni, wrote in a recent report on the shape of the local economy.”

Monday, Feb. 5, Boston Globe, Arizona Republic, Harrisburg Patriot

Op-Ed: No Reparations for Slavery

“February is Black History Month, and the demand for reparations to compensate for the worst chapter in black American history–slavery–is being heard more insistently than ever…. But the uncomfortable truth is that every American is an indirect beneficiary of slavery. ‘If you add up all the income black Americans earn and consider us as a separate nation, we’d be the 13th or 14th richest nation’ on earth, says Walter Williams, a George Mason University economist. ‘Blacks have benefited from the fact of slavery, because we have far greater freedom and far higher incomes than we could ever find in Africa.'”

Tuesday, Feb. 6, Washington Post

Upbeat on Area’s Tech Sector: Report Cites Emphasis on Services, Federal Spending

“The Washington area technology sector remains heavily weighted toward providing services, especially for the federal government, and as such should weather the current economic slowdown better than Silicon Valley, according to a study released yesterday by a nonprofit advocacy group. The research was prepared for the civic think tank D.C. Agenda by George Mason University professor Stephen S. Fuller. It found that growth by technology businesses has restructured the Washington area economy in the past 10 years, generating 23 percent of the new jobs gained in the metro area from 1990 to 2000–a total of about 89,000.”

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