Boston -- United States Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen will host a one day summit on the New Economy and its implications for New England in Boston on Saturday, April 1st, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The conference, entitled, "Massachusetts and New Hampshire: How to Win in the New Economy," is sponsored by the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), and cosponsored by Cerulean Technology Inc.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire were ranked in the top ten in a recent landmark report by the Progressive Policy Institute, which evaluated the nation's transition to the New Economy. Participants will highlight the two states' growing and pivotal roles in the New Economy and explore ways in which the public and private sector can jointly shape a policy framework which promotes continued economic growth for all.

EVENT SPECIFICS: Senator John F. Kerry will moderate the opening discussion on the "Challenge of Change." He will be joined by David Wetherell, CEO of CMGI; Rob Atkinson, Director of the Technology and New Economy Project at the Progressive Policy Institute; and John Keane, CEO of Keane, Inc. Other key political and business leaders taking part include DLC President Al From; U.S. Representative James Moran (D-VA); Massachusetts State Senate President Tom Birmingham, and State Senators David Magnani (Chair of the Science and Technology Committee) and Marc Pacheco; New Hampshire State Senator Caroline McCarley; Christopher Gabrieli, of Bessemer Venture Partners; Lycos Executive Vice President Ron Sege; Cerulean Technology, Inc. President and CEO Robert P. Badavas; senior Fidelity Investment executive David Weinstein; Silknet Software CEO Jay Wood; Michael Perik, former CEO of The Learning Company; MIT Professor Dr. Paul Osterman; and DLC National Political Director Doug Wilson. More than 150 high tech, business, government, political and academic leaders from Massachusetts and New Hampshire are expected to attend the event. This day long event is open to the press.

WHAT: Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the New Economy

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2000 , 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Grand Ballroom 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts - (617) 267-5300 Massachusetts & New Hampshire: How to Win in the New Economy Saturday, April 1, 2000 Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

AGENDA: Invocation & Welcome: 9:00 a.m.-9.10am "The Challenge of Change": 9:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Globalization has led to fundamental economic change. Moderated by United States Senator John Kerry (MA), panelists will discuss the implications of the New Economy for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and the nation. Moderator: U.S. Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Speakers: Rob Atkinson, Director, Technology & New Economy Project, Progressive Policy Institute, David Wetherell, CEO, CMGI, John Keane, Chief Executive Officer, Keane Inc. Fostering New Economy Skills: Education & Training: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Led by high-tech entrepreneur Christopher Gabrieli, the panel will focus on the skills required of the workforce to succeed in the new economy. Moderator: Christopher Gabrieli, Bessemer Venture Partners Speakers: State Senate President Tom Birmingham, Massachusetts; Dr. Paul Osterman, Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT; author, Securing Prosperity Michael Perik, former CEO, The Learning Company David Weinstein, Chief of Administration and Government Affairs, Fidelity Investments Jay Wood, President and CEO, Silknet Software; Member, New Hampshire High Tech Council. Break 11:30 a.m.- 11.45am Luncheon Speech: New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen: 11:45 a.m.- A Government Policy Framework for the New Economy:12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Investment in the foundation areas for growth in the New Economy must be made at all levels of government. Discussion of current policy alternatives intended to foster the transformation to a digital economy and bridge the digital divide. Moderator: State Senator Marc Pacheco, Massachusetts Speakers: U.S. Representative Jim Moran (Virginia), State Sen. David Magnani, Chair, Science and Technology Committee, Massachusetts State Senate State Sen. Caroline McCarley, New Hampshire State Senate Ron Sege, Executive Vice President, Lycos Adjourn: 2:00 p.m.