Fw: Print Pool Report 2

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From: Friedman, Dan [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:05 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.
Subject: Print Pool Report 2

The pool is holding in classroom-style room at 7900 Westpark Drive, an office building in Fairfax, Va.

As we entered, a six-story atrium inside the building was lined with hundreds of employees of various companies, waiting, many with phones in hand, for a glimpse of President Obama. They missed him though. He used another entrance.

We will not be allowed to watch any of the interview, or provide any remarks, embargoed or otherwise, from the President.

Here background from a White House official:

The President will join Chris Matthews at the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce for an interview on the importance of passing trade promotion authority to pave the way for new, high-standards trade agreements that put American workers first and help American businesses expand.  They will be joined by Congressman Gerry Connolly and local Northern Virginia business leaders for a discussion on how opening up new markets to American goods and services and locking-in strong environmental and labor protections into future trade agreements can benefit workers and businesses alike.  As he has done before, the President will lay-out his commitment to negotiating a deal that avoids the mistakes of past deals, stays true to our values as a country, and makes it easier for ordinary Americans to get ahead.

The conversation will be broadcast in full on MSNBC’s Hardball tonight at 7pm EDT.

Participants in the interview include:

Congressman Gerald E. Connolly
U.S. House of Representatives , Virginia’s 11th District

Jim Corcoran
President & CEO, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
Since April, 2010, Jim Corcoran has served as President & CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber offers business development opportunities to organizations interested in growth through knowledge, access, and influence in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth. The Chamber leads the business community by engaging thought leadership, strengthening industry knowledge, and supporting key community partnerships. The Chamber connects businesses to businesses and businesses to government. The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber of commerce in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, representing more than 650,000 jobs across the region.

Debbie Askin
Founder, Team Askin Technologies, Inc.
Debbie Askin founded Team Askin Technologies, Inc. in 1992. Debbie has over 23 years’ experience in the IT industry, with 20 years in management positions. Her experience has spanned projects in finance, service desk, imaging, security, and regulatory technology domains. With the expansion of the company, Debbie’s role has transformed from the hands-on design of mission-critical systems to a business leader dedicated to sound business processes and long term success. Debbie attended George Mason University with a concentration in Computer Science.

Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta
Chief Data Science Officer and Co-Founder, Zansors LLC
Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta serves as Chief Data Science Officer and Co-Founder for Zansors LLC, a health analytics start-up. A PhD-level biostatistician by training, Dr. Dasgupta currently works to bridge the statistics-machine learning divide, by merging machine learning methods with sound statistical thinking and principles to help enhance our ability to derive intelligence from data. He now has over 45 peer-reviewed research and collaborative papers in areas ranging from bioinformatics, cancer research and operations research to methods for cluster analysis and intelligent robust modeling, many in collaboration with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health. He also consults for local startups in areas ranging from business analytics to bioinformatics to the “Internet of Things” and mining social networks. Dr. Dasgupta also helps train companies in using R and Python for their analytics needs, leveraging over 20 years experience using R and Python for data analyses and reporting. Dr. Dasgupta works to build the local data community, organizing the Statistical Programming DC meet up and serving on the Board of Directors of Data Community DC, where he interacts with local, regional and Federal leaders to enhance the use of data resources.


Dan Friedman
Senior Washington Correspondent
New York Daily News


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