U.S. Chamber Federal Issues Briefing will Present ‘Innovation that Matters’

Oct. 7, 2015
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 7, 2015) – The Greater Waco Chamber will host guest speaker Richard Cooper, vice president of research and emerging issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to discuss “Innovation that Matters” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).

Cooper will address the impact of technology on small businesses and the impact of living in an interdependent and interconnected world.

“We are entering a world in which our machines not only do many of the things we want them to do, but they are now quickly becoming real-time thinking actors that can execute decisions faster than we have ever made decisions before,” Cooper said.

In his role at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cooper examines issues that will potentially impact the U.S. and its private sector in the future. He leads a team of fellows, researchers and program managers whose purpose is to better inform and prepare the Chamber’s members, stakeholders and leaders for the future.

“We are delighted to be hosting Richard Cooper,” said Truell Hyde, Ph.D., Baylor’s vice provost for research. “I would encourage our local community of researchers and businessmen to attend if at all possible.”

The BRIC is located at 100 Research Parkway. Individual tickets are available for $40 and tables of eight are $320. Registration can be made online at www.wacochamber.com.

For more information, contact JD Windham.

by Bethany Harper , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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