Online News Association, Washington, announced a $200,000, two-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to develop business and technology partnerships. The grant will support a business development strategist, who will work to build relationships with emerging, new and established technology players.
Mobile Marketing Association, New York, launched an Egypt and Middle East Local Council, in response to the increased interest and investment in mobile marketing in that region, and the need for industry support and guidance there.
Jeffrey C. Sprecher, CEO, IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), will be keynote speaker at Technology Association of Georgia's annual Excalibur Awards, Oct. 21 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta. Sprecher will discuss the founding of ICE, one of the country’s fastest-growing companies and an operator of regulated futures exchanges and over-the-counter markets for several industries.
Betsy Y. Justus, 64, former president of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association, Raleigh, died July 9. She had cancer. Justus served in senior-level posts in the administration of Gov. Jim Martin of North Carolina, as revenue secretary and chairman of the Employment Security Commission during the 1980s and early 1990s. She was also the Republican candidate for state treasurer. Under her leadership, North Carolina became the first state to administer and control its own Unemployment Trust Fund. After leaving the government sector, Justus went to work as the first president of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association, then the state's largest technology association. She left in 1998 to take a job as VP at BRC Inc., Dallas. Justus is survived by her husband, a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Send memorial donations to the Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founder’s Scholarship, NCTA, 4020 Westchase Blvd., #350, Raleigh NC 27607.