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May 18, 2009

Tech Data Launches Economic Stimulus Watch

Information Technology solutions dealer Tech Data Corporation has launched Economic Stimulus Watch, an online service designed to keep tabs on the money that the Federal government is investing under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
 
The Clearwater, Florida-based Tech Data (News - Alert) will not only track the flow of funds but also guide its clients how they can find business opportunities as the Federal Government went on stimulating spending.
 
“The total economic stimulus package is expected to top $780 billion, and undoubtedly that will create tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars in IT spending,” said Tech Data president, Ken Lamneck.
 
The Stimulus Watch Center, according to Lamneck, will answer questions like: How much money will each government agency receive? What are their spending priorities? Will the money be spent through normal purchasing vehicles? How will this impact IT spending state-by-state? How will the stimulus dollars impact key verticals like education, healthcare and energy?
 
In addition, the divisions and subsidiaries of Tech Data will figure out the solutions and key technologies aligned with the stimulus package.
 
For example, modernizing schools, expanding the nation’s broadband infrastructure and digitizing medical records have been identified as IT spending opportunities by the federal government. Through the Economic Stimulus Watch resource center, Tech Data will identify solutions resellers can deploy to enhance children’s learning environments, bring online public services to a broader group of constituents and implement secure, paperless record-keeping for small doctors’ offices.
 
The Center will act as an interactive forum in which resellers can post questions and comments, communicate with Tech Data systems engineers, credit specialists and other members of the team for bid and pricing support.
 
 The resource center will be inclusive of latest ARRA news and developments; links to federal and state government procurement Web sites; whitepapers for in-demand solutions; expert-led Webinars and pod casts; and advice for writing grant proposals, building bids and responding to RFPs.
 
On the top of it all, the Center will host a series of discussions about how resellers can capitalize on this unprecedented spending opportunity.

Narayan Bhat is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Narayan’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray
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