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07/13/93

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Smart Valley electronic communications project to be discussed

STANFORD -- Smart Valley, an initiative to develop a model electronic communications community in Silicon Valley, will be the subject of a campus forum from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 16, in Turing Auditorium of Polya Hall in the Jordan Quad.

Among those explaining the initiative and opportunities for involvement by Stanford faculty, staff and students are: Professor Bill Miller of the Graduate School of Business, who is vice chairman of Smart Valley Inc., and Stu Phillips of Tandem Computers, an organizer of the Smart Valley technical committee.

John Hancock of Pacific Bell will describe that organization's CalREN program; and Stanford faculty and staff who are already developing project and program ideas in connection with the Smart Valley initiative will also speak.

Speakers have been asked to describe the Smart Valley organization, roles, planned program, collaborative opportunities and specific project interests, according to Bill Yundt, director of Stanford Networking/Communication Systems. An open discussion and Q&A will follow the presentations, he said.

Smart Valley is the flagship project of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, an organization of local business, government and community leaders whose purpose is to stimulate high-technology industry and the economy of the valley. The project is concerned with linking companies, government, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and the workforce in the region through a high-speed data communications network.

Telephone 723-3909 for further information on the public forum.

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