WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Technology and business leaders from over 100 companies today called strategic investments in digital infrastructure a vital part of America's economic recovery and called on lawmakers to include them in the economic stimulus and recovery plan working its way through Congress.
In a letter to House and Senate leaders, 117 CEOs and business leaders said investments in health care information technology, broadband and energy smart grids "will provide our nation with a near-term stimulus and long-term comparative advantage."
"Investments in America's digital infrastructure will spur significant job creation in the immediate term. An investment of $40 billion in America's IT network infrastructure in 2009 will create more than 949,000 U.S. jobs, more than half of which will be in small businesses," wrote the business leaders to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader John Boehner.
"Congress and the new Administration face a formidable task, restoring the nation's confidence and encouraging the innovation, risk-taking and entrepreneurship needed to get our country moving again. The investments in a smarter energy grid, health care IT (such as electronic medical records) and accelerating broadband deployment recommended by President Obama will not only stimulate the economy, but will also accelerate long-term growth. They fund the future," added the business leaders.
A copy of the letter is below.
The letter was spearheaded by the Technology CEO Council, TechNet, the Information Technology Industry Council and the Technology Association of America.
For more information, please call:
TCC: Katie Hallen - (202) 463-0013, ext. 213
TechNet: Jim Hock - (202) 494-8132
ITIC: Vince Morris - (202) 626-5744
Technology Association of America: Charles Greenwald - (703) 284-5305
January 21, 2009 Speaker Nancy Pelosi Majority Leader Harry Reid H-232 U.S. Capitol S-221 U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 Republican Leader John Boehner Republican Leader Mitch McConnell H-204 U.S. Capitol S-230 U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid, and Republican Leaders McConnell and Boehner:
We write to ask for Congress' support for investing in the future economic competitiveness of our country. As you consider President Obama's economic recovery proposal and develop your own views, we strongly encourage you to support investments in our digital infrastructure. From our knowledge and experience in the marketplace, we know these investments will provide our nation with a near-term stimulus and long-term comparative advantage.
Investments in America's digital infrastructure will spur significant job creation in the immediate term. An investment of $40 billion in America's IT network infrastructure in 2009 will create more than 949,000 U.S. jobs, more than half of which will be in small businesses, according to the Information Technology Industry Foundation (ITIF).
Congress and the new Administration face a formidable task, restoring the nation's confidence and encouraging the innovation, risk-taking and entrepreneurship needed to get our country moving again. The investments in a smarter energy grid, health care IT (such as electronic medical records) and accelerating broadband deployment recommended by President Obama will not only stimulate the economy, but will also accelerate long-term growth. They fund the future.
An investment of $40 billion, which we believe is a critical starting point, also promises to increase productivity and competitiveness over the long-term. Information and communications-enabled technologies improve energy efficiency, help doctors save lives and money in health care, catalyze new business models and entrepreneurs, enable educational improvements and empower individuals to take more control over their lives. Those nations with the most advanced digital infrastructure will reap the largest benefits and lead in next generation jobs, services and companies.
While Congress will no-doubt have many things to consider, we encourage you to support initiatives that will position our country to succeed in the 21st century global economy.
Samuel J. Palmisano Michael Splinter Michael S. Dell Chairman and CEO President and CEO Chairman and CEO IBM Corporation Applied Materials, Inc. Dell Inc. Greg Brown Steve Appleton Mark Hurd President and Co-CEO Chairman and CEO Chairman, President, Motorola, Inc. Micron Technology, Inc. and CEO Hewlett-Packard Company Joe Tucci Paul S. Otellini John Chambers Chairman, President, President and CEO Chairman and CEO and CEO Intel Corporation Cisco Systems, Inc. EMC Corporation Kenneth I. Chenault John J. Donleavy Richard K. Templeton Chairman and CEO President and CEO Chairman, President and American Express Co. VELCO CEO Texas Instruments Kevin J. Kennedy David M. McClanahan Bill Branaham CEO President and CEO Chairman and CEO Avaya Inc. CenterPoint Energy 21st Century Telecom Robert Young Jim Whitehurst John VanZandt President and CEO CEO President Central Vermont Public Red Hat CEO Softcenters, Inc. Service Cathleen P. Black Ken Whiteman Robert B. Catell President President Chairman Hearst Magazines Green Ventures, Inc. U.S. National Grid Anthony Davis Grant Evans S. 'Sundi' Sundarish CEO Chairman and CEO President and CEO 2Go Software Actividentity, Inc. Adaptec, Inc. Solutions, Inc. John Yacoub Richard Kurtz Bonnie K. Holub, Ph.D. President and CEO President and CEO CEO Advanced Circuits, Inc. Advanced Photonix, Adventium Labs Inc. Jeff Jarvis John K. Condon Ed Morrissey President and CEO CEO CEO Agentek Inc. Ambit Group, LLC Appelzin Barney T. Bishop III Clark Masters Frank Helle President and CEO President and CEO CEO Associated Industries Astute Networks, Inc. Axian, Inc. of Florida Brenda Hall Clarence Wooten William S. McKiernan CEO CEO Chairman and CEO Bridge360 CollectiveX Inc. CyberSource Corporation Randy Schafer Bernard Klocman James J. McNamara, Jr. CEO President and CEO President and CEO Earth Computer Emergency Medical Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. Technologies Technologies, Inc. Ed Keible Cliff Henley Don Mitchell President and CEO CEO Chairman and CEO Endwave Corporation Fleet Management FSI International, Inc. Solutions, Inc. Doug Woods Chris D'Couto, Ph.D. Shachar Oren CEO President and CEO President and CEO Mobile Air Applied Neah Power Neurotic Media Science, Inc. Systems, Inc. Mike Angelinovich Bruce Ballengee Cory Isaacson CEO CEO CEO OHVA, Incorporated Pariveda Prelude Innovations, Solutions, LP Inc. Norman Wolfe Peter Boni Dr. Mike Polcari President and CEO President and CEO President and CEO Quantum Leaders, Inc. Safeguard Scientific, SEMATECH Inc. Inc. Bruce D. Swail T. Kendall Hunt Jim Treleaven CEO Chairman and CEO President and CEO U.S. Robotics, Inc. VASCO Data Via Strategy Group, LLC Security, Inc. Jonna Ward Dr. Stanton Sloane Mac Slingerland CEO President and CEO President and CEO Visionary Integration SRA International Ciber, Inc. Professionals Charles L. Casanave Steven Joe John W. Lindquist President and CEO President and CEO President and CEO Data Access Worldwide D-Link Systems, Inc. Electronic Warfare Associates David Guliani Pete Ungaro Allan Metts CEO President and CEO President and CEO Pacific Bioscience Cray, Inc. Arcato Global LLC Labs, Inc. Lawrence M. Kutscher Eric W. Strid Tom Lynch CEO Chairman CEO Register.com Cascade Microtech, Tyco Electronics Inc. Safra A. Catz Tim Cook William D. Johnson President Chief Operating Chairman, President, Oracle Corporation Officer and CEO Apple, Inc. Progress Energy Antonio M. Perez Dr. Paul J. Curlander Bill Nuti Chairman and CEO Chairman and CEO Chairman and CEO Eastman Kodak Company Lexmark NCR Corporation International, Inc. Laurent Vernerey Kiyoshi Kinugawa Norman J. Salmon President and CEO President and CEO President APC by Schneider Hitachi America, Ltd. Hummingbird Scientific Electric Al Eisaian John Sullivan John Torkelson Chairman President and COO President Integrien Mesa Laboratories, Online Strategic Corporation Inc. Systems, Inc. A.K. Thakore Barry Pardon Steve Mackie President President President Saisoft Simclar, Inc. Storage Strategies, Inc. Jim Leto Mark Hamdan Mike Gulett CEO President and CEO President and CEO GTSI Corp. HRsmart, Inc. Ikanos Communications, Inc. Steve Deal Hussein Enan Robert E. Matthiesson Chairman and CEO Chairman and CEO President and CEO Indyme Solutions, InsWeb Corporation InTEST Corporation Inc. Des Speed Sean R. Cunningham Richard A. Montoni CEO President and CEO CEO Lagan Inc. Logic 20/20, Inc. MAXIMUS, Inc. David Kriegman Van Chesnutt Steve Sharp President President Chairman TechTeam Government Tirraappendi, Inc. TriQuint Semiconductor Solutions Dr. Gerry Robert J. Abernathy Dr. Glenn D. Steele, Clancy, MD President Jr., M.D., Ph.D. CEO American Standard President and CEO Oklahoma University Development Company Geisenger Health System Medical Center John McAdam Tod Loofbourrow Steve Papermaster President and CEO Chairman Chairman F5 Networks Authoria Powershift Ventures Amar Singh Daniel J. Finnigan John Muleta CEO CEO CEO Amitive, Inc. Jobvite, Inc. M2Z Networks Bill McDermott Reed Hastings Marc Benioff President CEO Chairman and CEO SAP NetFlix, Inc. Salesforce.com Dr. Rodney F. Sue Dark LeRoy D. Nosbaum Hochman CEO Chairman and CEO CEO DeepNines Technology, Itron, Inc. Swedish Medical Inc. Center Kevin Walker Jeffrey A. Romoff Robert W. Pullen President and CEO President and CEO President & CEO Simple Tuition Inc. University of Tellabs, Inc. Pittsburg Medical Center Gary B. Smith H. Edward Hanway Rick Kearney President and CEO Chairman and CEO President and CEO Ciena CIGNA Corporation Mainline Information Systems Steve Rosenbaum Jim Owens Dirk Meyer President and CEO Chairman & CEO President & CEO Pop Art, Inc. Caterpillar Inc. AMD
|SOURCE Technology CEO Council; TechNet; Information Technology Industry Council; Technology Association of America|
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