40-Year milestones marked by celebrations with Small Business, Academia, and Public Sector Executives

WASHINGTON, D.C. — BDPA Members, ICT Industry Mission-Partners, and Small Business executives visited Samsung’s Solutions Center during a 40th anniversary celebration and Holiday Soirée at 700 Penn in Washington, D.C. This season’s theme, “Innovation Beyond 5G“, was coined to welcome Industry’s next generation of professionals and students into our fifth decade of community service.

National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPADC) was chartered by Norman Mays in 1978. That same year, Samsung Electronics produced over 4 million black-and-white televisions, the most in the world. Later in 1978, Samsung Electronics established their first overseas office in the United States, Samsung Electronics America (SEA).

samdc05On Saturday, December 8, 2018, Samsung and BDPADC co-hosted this year’s 40-year milestone celebrations in Samsung’s new solutions center. Mr. Terry Halvorsen (above and left photos), Executive Vice President and CIO for Samsung Electronics America, Inc., hosted Small Business executives and BDPA Members for a very unique Holiday gathering and tour of the new Capitol Hill facility.

Located at 700 Penn, the solutions center showcases 5G and Secure-5G solutions with modular LED display technologies tailored for a wide variety of vertical industry sectors, demonstrations, and related policies.

For more information about BDPA, community programs across the nation’s 40 BDPA chapters, and technical career development activities within the National Capital Region, visit → BDPADC.org.

Join. Partner. Innovate beyond 5G with local BDPA Chapters and Mission Partners.

— Sources: Samsung USA and BDPA Washington, D.C.

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Intel to employ 3,000 high tech workers in Arizona factory

WASHINGTON—Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich (above) met moments ago with President Donald Trump, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, where the company announced it will invest $7 billion in a factory employing up to 3,000 people to manufacture “the most advanced chip on the planet.

The factory is in Arizona, the company said, and over 10,000 people in the Arizona area will support the factory. Krzanich confirmed to CNBC that this investment would be in a previous plant, Fab 42, that was started and then left vacant.

The chips will be produced there will be “the most powerful computer chips on the planet,” Krzanich said in the Oval Office with the Trump administration. Most Intel manufacturing happens in the U.S., Krzanich said.

It comes as the technology industry has pushed back against the Trump administration, amid mounting pressure to move manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. There will be no incentives from the federal government for the Intel project, the White House said.

Intel was one of more than 100 companies that joined together to file a legal brief opposing Trump’s temporary travel ban from seven Muslim-majority nations.

The White House mentioned earlier that Vice President Mike Pence would speak on Wednesday with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, a member of Trump’s business advisory council, whose companies had also signed onto the brief.

Intel is the largest private employer in Arizona and has been criticized in conservative publications for laying off thousands of staffers, despite an influx of visa requests.

— Sources: Anita Balakrishnan, CNBC;
Reuters also contributed to this report.
Photo credit: Intel
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