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EVENT: ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS BOOM. Next Tuesday at the National Press Club, Roger Entner of Recon Analytics explains the findings of his new report, "The Wireless Industry: The Essential Engine of U.S. Economic Growth."  His presentation will be followed by a roundtable with Jim Cicconi of AT&T, Thomas Hazlett of George Mason University and Michael Mandel of PPI, discussing the implications of the wireless boom, the investment trends driving the boom and how it all combines to impact consumers and the U.S. economy. To RSVP, click HERE

Michael Mandel also recently joined Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Sen.Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)  at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, for another event on the app economy. Mandel: “The U.S. has entered the early stages of a communications-driven  boom. We are getting genuine economic  growth, but it looks very different than any time in the past. Today, growth is measured by apps downloaded and gigabytes used, rather than cars sold and homes constructed.” See coverage from the New Jersey Star-Ledger HERE.

EVENT: MANUFACTURING IN THE APP ECONOMY. Next Wednesday, Michael also reveals the findings of his new paper, "Manufacturing in the App Economy: How Many Jobs Should We Aim For?", co-authored with PPI economist Diana G. Carew. The discussion panel will include Vice President Joe Biden's former chief economist and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein, Leo Hindery of Intermedia Partners and Louis Uchitelle of The New York Times. RSVP HERE.  

DEFENDERS OF SCIENCE LAUNCH GOLDEN GOOSE AWARDS. PPI joined a bipartisan coalition of organizations, along with Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Robert Dold (R-Ill.) and Charlie Dent (R-Penn.), to announce the creation of the "Golden Goose Awards" to honor breakthroughs in federally funded research. A reverse spin on the late Sen. William Proxmire's "Golden Fleece" award, the Golden Goose awards will seek out examples of obscure-sounding research (e.g., sweaty tree frogs and the sex live of screw-worms) that have led to game-changing discoveries. Read the Washington Post's coverage of the press conference HERE.