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May 2012: Herndon Featured in Technology Association of Georgia's State of the Industry Events in Augusta, Macon

Atlanta, GA (May, 2012) - The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry hosted panel discussions on the state of the technology industry in Georgia on May 2 in Augusta and on May 9 in Macon.

Heather Miner, Director of Economic and Community Resources for TAG, moderated the Augusta event, which featured panelists Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG, and Dr. Keith Herndon, president of Internet Decisions, LLC. TAG had retained Internet Decisions for the second consecutive year to conduct the research featured in the State of the Industry Report.

At the Macon event, Dr. Herndon moderated the discussion featuring Melanie Brandt, Chief Operating Officer of TAG, and Asif Ramji, President & CEO of Paymetric, Inc. Ramji had served on TAG's task force overseeing the annual research project.

For this year's report, Internet Decisions teamed with Dr. Alfie Meek of Georgia Tech's Community Innovation Services to produce an economic impact study that found technology in Georgia had a total output of $113.1 billion.

"Technology plays a significant role in Georgia's economy, as evidenced through our economic impact study this year," said Mantella. "Our goal through [these] events across the state is to raise awareness about the increasing importance of technology to the state of Georgia and to help our state come together to foster an environment that drives Georgia to become one of the leading states in the nation for technology."

The State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia is TAG's annual industry report to benchmark the growth of Georgia's technology industry against previous years and other top technology states. Primary and secondary research is conducted by Internet Decisions, LLC, including TAG's annual Technology Decision-Makers Survey which polled 150 top executives about their plans to hire, expand and invest in their Georgia operations. The entire 2012 State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report is available online at

About the Technology Association of Georgia

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 15,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 30 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG's mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia's technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia's technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state's economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG's charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG's community website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit

About Internet Decisions, LLC

Internet Decisions is a research services and strategic planning firm. It assists companies and organizations of all sizes with a variety of services including competitive intelligence, vendor analysis and various types of market research. Created in 2005, the Atlanta-based firm specializes in several vertical markets including technology, media and entertainment and healthcare. Internet Decisions enjoys a research partnership with Marietta-based CSM Research. The firm also produces industry white papers and training material and conducts strategic training at the executive level. (