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Forbes magazine has chosen Seattle as the nation’s “Most-Wired City” in the annual list of top tech towns for broadband access. The Emerald City earned high marks for its high-speed Internet access and plentiful Wi-Fi hot spots. The fact that it’s home base for tech giants such as Amazon and Microsoft didn’t hurt either.

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WTIA Nominates Industry Achievers in 25th Year
In what promises to be the Puget Sound Awards gala of not just this year, but the past twenty-five years, the WTIA and the Paramount Theater will play host to the 25th Anniversary of the Industry Achevement Awards. on March 25, 2009

“Our panel of judges spent countless hours evaluating a record-breaking number of entries from some of Washington state’s most innovative and exciting companies, organizations and individuals,” said Ken Myer, president and CEO of the WTIA. “These companies truly have the leadership and vision to make an impact on the technology industry as a whole. Now the judges’ work is done, and the finalists’ fate is left up to the local tech community, which will determine winners via our new online voting system.”

And the WTIA Industry Achievement Awards Nominees are:

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Commercial Product or Service of the Year
Concur
INRIX
Visible Technologies

Consumer Product or Service of the Year
Pet Holdings, Inc.
Picnik
Wetpaint

Breakthrough Start-up of the Year
Apptio
LiquidPlanner
Ontela

Service Provider of the Year
AdReady™, Inc.
Azaleos Corporation
Cobalt

Best use of Technology in the Government
Non-profit or Educational Sector
eCityGov Alliance
Snohomish County Planning & Development Services
South Sound Health Communication Network

Technology Innovator of the Year
Don Ledford, VANTOS, Inc.
Darrin Massena, Picnik
Matthew Parks, Visto Corporation

Technology Leader of Tomorrow
Aaron Love – St. Therese School, 8th Grade
Matthew McMillan – St. Therese School, 7th Grade
Israel Zemeadim – Washington Middle School, 8th Grade

For more info on attending the gala, please visit the WTIA Industry Achievement Awards announcement online.

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