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The 3rd International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation will be held August 30 through September 2, 1999 at the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).

Austin, Texas has evolved in the past 15 years from an energy- and agriculture-based economy and government- and university-dominated city of about 200,000 people into one of the fastest growing technology-intensive and entrepreneurial regions in the world. The five-county area has emerged as one of the world’s leading technology centers, adding in the 1990s more information technology jobs than Silicon Valley; Boston’s Route 128; or Research Triangle, North Carolina.

The November 9, 1998 issue of Newsweek ranked Austin as one of ten leading global “Hottest Technology Cities,” along with Banglore, India; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Cambridge, England. The November 23, 1998 issue of Fortune ranked Austin #1 as the “Best U.S. city for business and wealth creation.” Austin was cited for fostering entrepreneurship as well as fast growth firms like Dell Computer Corporation. As quoted by Governor George Bush, “The role of government is not to create wealth but to create an environment where people are willing to risk

The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1883 and has the largest resident student enrollment of any university in the United States. UT-Austin is the flagship institution of 15 branches of The University of Texas System. The University includes 16 schools and colleges and offers more than 170 graduate degree programs.

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is a top-ranked graduate component of The University of Texas at Austin. Faculty and students conduct research and education on public policy and management while fostering debate and discussion on issues of regional and global public concern and importance.

IC (Innovation, Creativity, Capital) Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, is a unique “think” and “do” tank for research, education and application. IC is global, multidisciplinary and virtual and the Institute contributes to society by enhancing the understanding and practice of science and technology commercialization and prosperity sharing. Included in the Institute's experiential learning initiatives are the award-winning Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) and an MS Degree Program in Science and Technology Commercialization.

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