Panel discussions about emerging innovations, technologies and trends as well as development of a knowledge workforce in North Carolina are among the highlights for the “TopTech 2005” event set for May 24 in the Queen City.

The daylong session of executive briefings and panel discussions is being put on by the North Carolina technology Association, the Charlotte Business Innovation and Growth Council, the Charlotte Chamber’s ITC program, and the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council.

Former governors Jim Hunt of North Carolina and James Hodges of South Carolina are scheduled to speak as well.

Senior executives from such companies as Corning Cable, General Dynamics, BellSouth, SAS, Credit Suisse First Boston, Nortel, Xerox and EMC are included on the agenda.

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