Marshall Tech Fair planned

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Marshall County Technology Fair will be held May 21 at the Lewisburg campus of Columbia State Community College. It will include seminars and booths with information on the latest in technology for home or office.

The Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board is sponsoring the event through its Technology Committee. The committee has been working over the past several weeks to recruit vendors and instructors on technology.

"One of the main goals of the Technology Committee was to host a technology fair," said Three-Star Technology Committee Chair Bruce Ramsey. "We believe this will be a great service to the people of Marshall County as we strive to become more tech savvy as a community.

The Marshall County Technology Fair will begin at 10 a.m. on May 21 and will run until 7 p.m. Seminars will be held throughout the day and booths will be open all day for anyone who needs to come before or after work.

"We have invited all the civic groups to hold their meetings at the technology fair and the Chamber of Commerce will hold a coffee," Ramsey said. "What we want to do now is get the word out to all the people in Marshall County so that they can come and learn more about the amazing advances in the technological world."

Some of the expected vendors include Texas Instruments, CAM Commerce, AT&T, Verizon, Tennessee Electronic Library, Connected Tennessee, Licentia Designs, Marshall County Internet Service, TnWeb, Hotshot, Radio Shack and MXN Corporation, which will have its 32-foot technology bus at the fair for visitors to climb aboard and experience the latest in technology, computers and software.

Seminars will include Web Design for Small Business, Networking for Small Business, Basic Email and Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, Internet Safety for Parents, Using the Tennessee Electronic Library, Data Security and more.

There will be door prizes including a Blackberry, Bluetooth headsets and an HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point.

"Technology is not just the wave of the future, it's the wave of the present," Ramsey said. "If you are not utilizing technology in your home or especially in your business, you are falling behind. We hope the Marshall County Technology Fair will help open that door to technology for many people in our community and get them caught up a little bit."