Touted as one of the the Southeast’s premier technology business conference, the Georgia Technology Forum (GTF), is scheduled for Oct. 21-23, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Hosted by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), this year’s GTF reflects a year of change and redirection. In past years, the Forum has focused on providing a showcase for Georgia based companies and a variety of educational opportunities centering on day-to-day business situations. TAG says this year’s Forum has a new mission and focus — to give attendees and Georgia’s technology community the knowledge they need in an evolving marketplace — on a local, national and global level.

TAG says it is bringing together the “best minds” in the business for “eye-opening” dialogues on the future of technology. The format for GTF includes a variety of speakers, overviews of technology sectors by the tops in each field and company presentations…not just companies that need funding but companies that you should know about. In continuing with past GTFs, there will be an Investment Showcase allowing for attendees and exhibitors to get to know each other’s companies and provide a platform for business deals to develop.

The conference’s speakers will bring their expertise of the global and national climate to a regional and local level, TAG says. GTF speakers to date include Newt Gingrich, U.S. Speaker of the House from 1995-1999; Robert Reich, 22nd U.S. Secretary of Labor; Terry Jones, founder of; Tom Noonan, chairman and chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems; and Gina Smith, co-founder of The New Internet Computer Company and former national technology correspondent for ABC News.

Individual GTF registration is $475 for TAG members and $575 for non-members. The non-member rate includes a TAG membership for the remainder of 2002. To register visit the TAG Web site.