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Presenter: Gordon Day

Overview

2009 was a year of challenges and opportunities for the high tech community. From December 2008 through February 2009, job reductions high tech employers announced job reductions that totaled over 160,000. As those plans turned to reality, engineering unemployment spiked in the second quarter, reaching a record 8.6 percent for electrical engineers. Amidst these discouragements, a new administration arrived in Washington, one more interested than most in using technology to address the nation’s problems. In short, it was a year in which our members needed us to follow our motto, “building careers and shaping public policy.”

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