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Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Boeing: Lehigh Valley TechNet Event Explores a Global Alliance with Local Impact

technetretchThe Lehigh Valley Technology Network (LV TechNet) will hold a networking breakfast, presentation, and discussion entitled “Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Boeing: A Global Alliance with Local Impact.” This “TechFAST” will take place on Thursday morning, September 24, 7:30 to 9:00 AM, at the Wood Dining Room, Iacocca Hall, on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus in Bethlehem. The event is free-of-charge. 

Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. 
The TechFast will describe Ben Franklin’s membership in the Boeing Technology Alliance and the opportunity that membership offers to northeastern Pennsylvania’s technology companies.  In addition, Boeing will present a program update on the Boeing Technology Alliance. Panel presenters are:

  • Dan Hendricks, Technology Sourcing, Evaluation and Integration/Global Technology Group, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA.
  • Glenn Rossi, Chief Engineer, Horizontal & Technical Integration, Combat Systems Division, Integrated Defense Systems, The Boeing Company, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Elaine Thorpe, Technology Sourcing, Evaluation and Integration/Global Technology Group, The Boeing Company, Long Beach, CA.

The Lehigh Valley Technology Network is the region’s leading organization for technology professionals.  Led by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the LV TechNet has more than 600 members. In addition to increasing technology awareness, LV TechNet seeks to provide value for its members in these important areas:

Business Networking – LV TechNet provides members opportunities to make specific industry contacts, seek strategic partners, and promote their businesses.

  • Capital Raising – Members learn about and meet representatives of the public and private sector sources of debt and equity financing for technology business and development.
  • College and University Information – LV TechNet provides a forum for colleges and universities to share technical expertise, knowledge, and technical employee and intern availability with companies.
  • Access to Public Sector Resources – Members interact with public organizations that seek to build the technology base of the Lehigh Valley. This can help companies find suitable business locations, obtain government-sponsored financial incentives, and solve regulatory issues.

Registration to this event is free, and membership to LV TechNet is free. Interested individuals may join and register for the September 24th TechFAST by visiting