News Article | May 9, 2017
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / May 9, 2017 / Traders News Source, a leading independent equity research and corporate access firm focused on small and micro-cap public companies is issuing a comprehensive report with no obligation on Angie's List, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANGI), a consumer review platform and marketplace for home services professionals. On May 1, 2017, the company announced that it had reached an agreement to merge with HomeAdvisor, a division of IAC/InterActiveCorp. Angie's and HomeAdvisor will form a new publicly traded company, ANGI Homeservices Inc. The combined business will maintain both the Angie's List and HomeAdvisor brands. According to the terms of the transaction, shareholders of Angie's may elect to receive either one share of ANGI Homeservices Class A common stock or $8.50 in cash. The cap on cash payments is $130 million and will be prorated based on ownership. Post-transaction, shareholders of Angie's will own between 10 and 13 percent of the new company's equity, depending on the number of cash elections. The merger's synergy valuation and a financial review: READ MORE Copy and paste to your browser may be required to view the report - http://tradersnewssource.com/angis-list/. It is estimated that 90% of consumer decisions about home service professionals are made without online searches, creating a significant potential for growth in the combined companies. Evidence suggests that both homeowners and service providers are migrating to online platforms, and improvements in technology are improving the experience for both sides. The primary business case for the combination is to leverage Angie's brand, traffic, and audience to accelerate the growth of the HomeAdvisor service platform. IAC believes that it could begin to monetize Angie's traffic almost immediately by integrating new search functions to the existing site. 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News Article | May 9, 2017
"The results from our first Market Madness Investing challenge were astounding," commented David Siegel, CEO of Investopedia. "First, students used a number of complex and creative investing strategies to get better returns, including options trades. Second, although we expected stocks like Amazon to be popular, I was surprised to see shorting activity on popular stocks such as GoPro and Snapchat. Being able to get college students educated on and engaged in trading is part of our commitment to lifelong financial literacy. I was excited by the level of sophistication I saw in our winners' trading strategies." First place winner Humza W. utilized a risky trading strategy – he noted that he "swing shorted microcap equities that had massive short-term price and volume spikes but no real change in the long-term fundamentals of the company." The majority of Humza's returns was achieved through buying put options on Lululemon Athletica right before earnings. Humza added, "Thank you [Investopedia] for holding this amazing competition, and inspiring students, like myself, to learn more about financial markets." Investopedia is the world's leading online source of financial content, with more than 27 million unique visitors and 78 million pageviews each month. Powered by a team of data scientists and financial experts, Investopedia offers timely, trusted and actionable financial information for every investor, from early investors to financial advisors to high net worth individuals. Investopedia is wholly owned by IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) and operated by IAC Publishing, a collection of some of the web's largest and most trusted digital media brands. For the latest in financial news and information, visit http://www.investopedia.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/investopedia-market-madness-results-college-students-appear-long-on-facebook-and-amazon-short-on-snapchat-300453709.html
News Article | May 12, 2017
CHARLESTON, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System was recognized as a top 8 finalist at the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Igniting Innovation Showcase awards on April 26 in Washington, D.C. The ACT-IAC’s Institute for Innovation seeks nominations to recognize highly innovative IT products, services, systems, and solutions that benefit government (federal, state, local, and tribal) and citizens. Of the nearly 120 applicants, 30 were selected as finalists to showcase their innovation at the awards event. The winners were determined through a combination of judging and social media voting by attendees at the event. The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System enables the tracking of sexual assault kits from the time they are shipped to a healthcare facility to when they are collected and returned for forensic testing. Additionally, the system collects invaluable feedback on the quality of the collected kits that will be used to identify potential areas of improvement and training opportunities to ultimately improve evidence collection. The combination of these two features into a centralized, web-based solution that provides a single point of entry for all stakeholders results in a major process innovation for the tracking and evaluation of sexual assault kits. Visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/west-virginia-aims-eliminate-untested-170000579.html for more information about the system. "We could not be more proud of being selected as a top 8 finalist for the Igniting Innovation Showcase awards,” said Rick Staton, Director of the Division of Justice and Community Services. “The data being collected by this system will help to minimize or eliminate untested and lost kits and improve the quality of kit collection in West Virginia, and it is truly an honor to have this innovation recognized." For more information about ACT-IAC 2017 Igniting Innovation Showcase and to view the complete list of finalists and winners, visit https://www.actiac.org/igniting-innovation-2017-0. The online system was developed by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services and the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in partnership with WV.gov. Guidance and recommendations were also provided by the West Virginia Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission, the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services, and the West Virginia Hospital Association. The Division of Justice and Community Services is part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. For more information about the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, visit http://www.djcs.wv.gov. WV.gov is the official website of the state of West Virginia (http://www.wv.gov) and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive. West Virginia Interactive works with state and local government agencies to build and manage interactive online services and is a subsidiary of digital government firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV). Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is celebrating 25 years as the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 12,000 digital government services for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking digital government personal assistant, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.
News Article | May 10, 2017
StackCommerce, the leading native commerce platform for publishers, today announced the launch of its in-house Brand Studio, the only fully-outsourced commerce content creation service on the market. Established to create quality editorial and video content at scale, Brand Studio delivers an average 5x return and has enabled publishers to double their amount of revenue generating commerce posts per week. Noteworthy launch partners include The Next Web, Popular Science, Digg, Gothamist, Univision, and Aol. StackCommerce’s Brand Studio has already developed more than 6,000 original pieces of written and video content for over 40 partners. Written articles range from timely, snackable pieces to SEO-friendly evergreen content. In order to support publisher demand for Brand Studio creative services, the company has added a total of 20 writers, editors, and video specialists to the team. BI Intelligence predicts that native content will be the fastest growing segment of the native ad market over the next 5 years. Yet despite this growth, many publishers lack the in-house resources to develop new native content on a daily basis. With Brand Studio, StackCommerce addresses this gap by offering publishers access to quality, engaging and fully-native articles and videos in a cost-efficient manner -- and at scale. StackCommerce has observed first-hand the success of native content, which converts 50% better across its network than other distribution channels. The company has also found that publishers that post native commerce articles five to seven times per week earn on average 2.5x more revenue than those that post only infrequently or not at all. For example, popular news aggregator, Digg, partnered with StackCommerce for over a year before incorporating native content into their commerce strategy. The addition of engaging, topical commerce content via the Brand Studio resulted in a 40% boost in Digg’s conversion rate without leveraging internal editorial resources for content production. “StackCommerce provides us with a seamless and scalable solution for producing commerce-focused editorial pieces with its Brand Studio. We’re happy to see Digg’s audience responding positively to the content,” noted Avery Driggers, Content Strategist and Commerce Lead at Digg. StackCommerce’s VP of Business Development, Ben Gafni, considers the launch of Brand Studio as a sign of maturation in the rapidly expanding commerce market, serving as a differentiator for StackCommerce moving forward. “With the development of the Brand Studio, we’ve enabled a never-before tapped source of commerce for our publishers,” said Gafni. “Our content team is able to creatively tell a brand story in a voice that is unique to each publisher, seamlessly adding value to their unique reader’s experience. While options like Skimlinks and Amazon Affiliates can be time-consuming, we are making commerce easy for publishers.” StackCommerce enables native commerce solutions for online publishers, driving revenue through the seamless integration of content and relevant products. Partnering with over 2,500 global brands and retailers, StackCommerce offers innovative monetization solutions including fully-branded shops and academies as well as native product recommendations in editorial, email, social, and in-stream. StackCommerce's network of publisher partners currently reaches over 1 billion monthly visitors across more than 750+ partners including Aol, Hearst Digital, CBS Interactive, Scripps, IDG, IAC, Gizmodo Media, Ziff Davis, Business Insider, and others. StackCommerce is headquartered in Venice, CA and backed by Draper Associates, 500 Startups, Amplify, Wavemaker Partners, and several top angel investors.
News Article | May 9, 2017
STEVENSON, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of Angie's List, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) (“Angie’s List” or the “Company”) relating to the proposed buyout of Angie’s List by IAC/InterActive Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Angie’s List shareholders are anticipated to receive either one newly issued share of Class A common stock of ANGI Homeservices Inc. or $8.50 per share in cash, for each share of Angie’s List stock held. The firm’s investigation seeks to determine, among other things, whether the Company’s Board of Directors failed to satisfy their duties to shareholders, including whether the Board adequately pursued alternatives to the acquisition and whether the Board obtained the best price possible for the Company’s shares of common stock. If you currently own common stock of Angie’s List and believe that the proposed buyout price is too low, and you would like to learn more about the investigation being conducted by Brower Piven, please visit our website at http://www.browerpiven.com/currentinvestigations.html. You may also request more information by contacting Brower Piven either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (410) 415-6616. Attorneys at Brower Piven have extensive experience in litigating securities and other class action cases and have been advocating for the rights of shareholders since the 1980s.
News Article | May 11, 2017
All games will be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. The 2017 GEICO HIGH School Lacrosse Nationals participating field includes: *All team rankings are according to the USA TODAY SPORTS SUPER 25 Expert Rankings **All player rankings are according to recruitingrundown.com Head Coach: Jason Basso Players to Watch: Class of 2017 - No. 30 Cam Badour (M); Class of 2018 - No. 55 Chase Scanlan (M) IMG Academy's lacrosse program has continued to establish itself as a national power over the last couple of years. The 11-1 Ascenders are the No. 2 ranked team nationally, having only lost once to the previously undefeated and prior No. 2 ranked Hill Academy. They have key wins over tournament participants in No. 8 St. Sebastian (Mass.) and Lawrenceville (N.J.) and well as nationally ranked No. 10 Taft (Conn.). Head Coach: Brodie Merrill Players to Watch: Class of 2017 - No. 15 Justin Inacio (F/O), No. 20 Riley Curtis (A), No. 34 Thomas Tenney (A); Class of 2019 - No. 12 Dyson Williams (A) The Hill is the defending USA Today Super 25 Champion, having completed a perfect season and defeating numerous nationally ranked schools. This year's team is not much different. The Hill currently sits at 12-1 with a No. 4 national ranking, with key victories against No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.), No. 10 Taft (Conn.), and No. 12 Boys' Latin (Md.). Their lone loss came from No. 3 Culver (Ind.). Head Coach: Adam White Players to Watch: Class of 2017 - No. 63 Jack Frisoli (M); Class of 2018: No. 60 Will Plansky (M); Class of 2019- No. 2 Will Frisoli (LSM) After dropping their first game of the year to No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.), St. Sebastian's rattled off 11 straight wins before stumbling last weekend. One of their key wins was over No. 10 Taft School (Conn.). Sitting at No. 8 nationally, the Arrows will look to start a new winning streak heading into the GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals. Head Coach: Keith Tintle Player to Watch: Class of 2018 - No. 79 Ramsey McCreary (A) The Woodlands is ranked No. 18 nationally with an impressive undefeated record of 23-0 which includes wins over many of the top teams in Texas, as well as La Costa Canyon and Palos Verdes from California. Woodlands will compete for the Texas High School Lacrosse League State Championship on May 13 & 14. Head Coach: Scott Urick Players to Watch: Class of 2018 - No. 40 Kaleb Fernandez (A); Class of 2019 - No. 8 Clay Lanham (LSM), No. 22 Connor Humiston (A), No. 37 Jake Giulieri (D) The Hoyas add a strong local team to the field, having won 5 of the last 9 titles in the prestigious IAC conference. Under former Georgetown University assistant coach Scott Urick, this year's squad features a strong group of underclassmen led by the No. 8 player in the sophomore class – Clay Lanham, a University North Carolina commit. Head Coach: Allen Fitzpatrick Lawrenceville is 14-5 with three losses coming from ranked teams: No. 2 IMG Academy (Fla.) and No. 5 Brunswick-Greenwich (Conn.) both by 1 point and No. 20 Deerfield Academy (Mass.). Led by a talented sophomore class, the Big Red won the NJISAA Prep A Championship 11-5 over the Hun School for their second consecutive title. Head Coach: Bo Perriello Players to Watch: Class of 2017 - No. 99 Joe Robertson (A); Class of 2019 - No. 1 Connor Shellenberger (A), No. 28 Emmett Barger (A/M) With a record of 15-3, the Saints have arguably the strongest Attack group on the East Coast, led by the No. 1 player in the 2019 class Connor Shellenberger. Bo Perriello's squad is looking to end their regular season with a Virginia Independent School title and carry that momentum into the GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals. Head Coach: Jeff Miles The Greenies sit at 12-4 with a perfect 7-0 record against divisional opponents. They have had the No. 1 state ranking for the entirety of the spring season and are not looking to give it up with just two weeks remaining in the season. With a win over their final regular season opponent, Christ School would earn the right to host their entire playoff run. The Greenies look to take home the NCISAA State Title prior to competing on the National stage. "This tournament is going to be great for these young athletes to showcase their talents on a national level," commented GEICO's Assistant Vice President of Marketing Bill Brower. "GEICO couldn't be happier to continue to support lacrosse, as the title sponsor for the High School Lacrosse Nationals inaugural year along with sponsoring Major League Lacrosse." "With the popularity of lacrosse growing nationwide, we are excited to introduce this prestigious post-season event in the tradition of the DICK'S Nationals (basketball) and the GEICO Bowl Series (football)," said Rashid Ghazi, Partner Paragon Marketing Group. "The beauty of this tournament is that it provides players, coaches and fans the opportunity to end their season against top-ranked teams from across the country on a nationally televised stage." "The GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals, created by Paragon Marketing Group, gives ESPNU another opportunity to continue showcasing the next generation of athletes and further enhancing our overall commitment to the sport of lacrosse," said Dan Margulis, senior director of college sports programming. "With this event and the NCAA Men's and Women's Lacrosse Championships, fans will get the chance to watch the sport at the high school and college level during Memorial Day weekend." Additional information and is available at www.geicolax.com About GEICO GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle). Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent. GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available. For more information, go to www.geico.com. About Paragon Marketing Group Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships. Paragon, owns and operates the GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals and has partnered with ESPN over the past 14 years to deliver over 500 live high school football and basketball telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation. Paragon's consulting clients include Bayer, Gatorade, PNC Bank, Yokohama and UCHealth. About ESPN ESPN, Inc. is the world's leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of more than 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of eight U.S. 24-hour television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network and SEC Network) and five HD simulcast services (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes). Other businesses include ESPN Events, ESPN International (24 networks, syndication, radio, digital), ESPN Radio (broadcast, satellite, digital, a growing category led by ScoreCenter), digital services (ESPN.com plus a variety of sport-, college-, and market-specific sites; multi-screen WatchESPN and ESPN3; plus mobile TV and video, apps, alerts and messaging), ESPN The Magazine, consumer products and espnW. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. 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News Article | May 18, 2017
As President and Publisher of The Daily Beast, Ms. Dietrick will embolden its mission and commitment as a journalism company while aiming to grow and diversify revenue. Ms. Dietrick comes to The Daily Beast from Gizmodo Media Group where she oversaw influential content brands such as Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Jezebel and Jalopnik, whose traffic collectively grew 25 percent during her tenure. Before this, Ms. Dietrick served as President of Gawker Media, leading the company through its ultimate sale to Univision last year. "The time is now for The Daily Beast," said Heather Dietrick. "Millions of people rely on it to cut through the noise and deliver the truth. Given today's political climate, this has never been more critical or, for me, inspiring. People are hungry for The Beast's unique brand of edgy, original reporting and there's an enormous opportunity to accelerate growth thanks to its quality journalism and fiercely loyal audience." As one of the first digitally-native news publishers, The Daily Beast has grown more than 10 percent every year since its inception in 2008 and doubled its readership since the 2012 Presidential campaign. The Daily Beast has a large and expanding loyal audience with a significant portion of traffic coming to its homepage; homepage traffic is up 20 percent year over year as more and more readers come directly to The Beast to understand what's happening in the world. "Heather fits The Beast ethos perfectly," said John Avlon, The Daily Beast's Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director. "She is driven by our mission and dedicated to building a sustainable model to fuel independent journalism. She is whip smart and savvy while being empathetic to both sides of the aisle in a news organization. She's got a great personal and professional reputation and I'm thrilled to partner with her in this next step of The Beast's evolution." Reaching more than one million readers a day, The Daily Beast is one of the web's fastest growing publishers dedicated to building a strong and sustainable model for high quality journalism in the digital era. The Daily Beast is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) and part of IAC Publishing, IAC's premium collection of digital publishing brands. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-daily-beast-appoints-heather-dietrick-as-president-and-publisher-300460102.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
"Today's fast-moving and increasingly complex markets means advisors need solid news and ideas. This is why Investopedia is committed to providing advisors with both sophisticated insight and better connections to investors," said David Siegel, CEO of Investopedia. "We welcome advisors' feedback on how we can continue to make Investopedia a leading destination for content as it's their ongoing partnership that has made us the success we are today." According to the study, which reviewed over 30 websites, two-thirds of financial advisors visiting Investopedia found it most useful for their work. Investopedia credits this growth to the launch of its Advisor Insights platform, connecting its 27 million monthly users with leading financial experts. "As the industry has evolved, Investopedia has transformed from a financial dictionary to an interactive financial content destination," added Siegel. "We launched Advisor Insights as a place for advisors to reach and educate those in need of financial guidance. Advisors are able to connect with potential clients by answering questions. Rewarding advisors for contributing has resulted in dramatic growth in this audience." About Investopedia Investopedia is the world's leading online source of financial content, with more than 27 million unique visitors and 78 million pageviews each month. Powered by a team of data scientists and financial experts, Investopedia offers timely, trusted and actionable financial information for every investor, from early investors to financial advisors to high net worth individuals. Investopedia is wholly owned by IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) and operated by IAC Publishing, a collection of some of the web's largest and most trusted digital media brands. For the latest in financial news and information, visit http://www.investopedia.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/erdos--morgan-study-ranks-investopedia-as-fastest-growing-publisher-for-financial-advisors-300462883.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
North Two is the first multi-floor data centre in the world to feature a vertical Indirect Adiabatic and Evaporative (IAC) cooling system, delivering power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 across six floors of plant space. This innovative technology positions this facility as one of the greenest data centres in the world, assuring its customers that their ICT infrastructures are housed within a highly efficient and resilient data centre. Telehouse North Two comprises 24,000 sqm of gross floor area across an 11-storey building located in the existing 73,000 sqm Telehouse Docklands campus, located close to central London. The Docklands campus is the most highly connected data centre site in Europe and home to the London Internet Exchange (LINX). The campus provides its growing base of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), Over-The-Top content providers (OTTs), carriers and enterprise customers with direct access to a diverse range of connectivity partners. Telehouse's Technical Director Andy Dewing and Head of Project Management, Allen Clark were on hand to accept the award, commending a list of suppliers and stakeholders such as Cundalls Engineering Consultancy and RPS Group (formerly DBK) who were involved in the build. Andy Dewing stated: 'We are overjoyed to be to be presented with this prestigious award and believe that this further confirms Telehouse North Two as one of the most advanced data centres in Europe, not only for its unrivalled connectivity but also its pioneering innovation". Managing Director of Telehouse Europe, Ken Sakai commented, "We are pleased to receive this award and extremely proud of North Two. This facility is a highly connected, resilient and secure data centre, in a city centre location where organisations can house their ICT infrastructures, deploy and host cloud services and positions themselves ready to take advantage of emerging technologies such as IoT". Telehouse is the pioneering data centre colocation provider established in 1989. It is an owner operator of global data centres, connectivity and managed ICT solutions to over 3000 corporations around the world. Telehouse is the data centre subsidiary of Japanese corporation KDDI, a leading Japanese mobile and fixed-line telecommunications and ICT solution provider with 106 offices in 28 countries around the world and a Global Fortune company.
News Article | May 23, 2017
"Bridging Government and Business is this year's theme for the 2017 Management of Change Conference. How appropriate that the ACT-IAC professional development programs such as Voyagers, also has this same belief as a key underlying tenet of this program. As Chairs and Vice Chairs, we were fortunate to have a strong slate of nominees and to expand the program from 24 to 32 candidates this year. Each Voyager brought their individual energy, creativity and perspectives to work together; contributing to each other's growth and development. I'm grateful to have been a part of this year's class working with these 32 incredible individuals and excited to have them graduate and see what comes next in their careers," said Kristen Knapper, Voyagers Government Chair. "The ACT-IAC Voyagers program is a premier professional development program for emerging leaders in our industry. This year's class experienced a stellar program that dramatically impacted their career development with real time return on their investment. The program provided a curriculum based on best practices, introduced the team to historical military leadership lessons and facilitated face-to-face interaction with business and government leaders to learn from their experiences and successes. Most importantly, the Voyagers Class of 2017 experienced the value of teamwork and demonstrated the power of working as a team to accelerate results, win and have fun," said Mark Valcich, Voyagers Industry Chair. Kristen Knapper, General Services Administration, and Mark Valcich, Intel Corporation, were the 2017 Voyagers Chairs. Both graduated from the ACT-IAC Partners program in 2012. Vice Chairs this year included Warren Blankenship from General Services Administration, Jimmy Jones from Department of Transportation, Brian Baker from CA Technologies, and Mike Barrera from GAMA -1 Technologies. ACT-IAC also announced the opening of applications for the 2018 Voyagers Program. Applications are currently available on the ACT-IAC website for the 2018 Voyagers Class. The application deadline is 5:00 pm ET on July 28, 2017. For more information on the ACT-IAC Voyagers Program, please visit the website under the Learning Tab. About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is a non-profit educational organization established to improve government's service delivery and operational performance through the effective and innovative application of technology. ACT-IAC provides a unique, objective and trusted collaborative forum where government and industry executives are working as partners to address critical issues, apply best practices and pioneer innovative solutions. ACT-IAC also provides high-quality learning and educational opportunities to improve the knowledge and expertise of the government workforce – both public and private. Further information about ACT-IAC can be found at www.actiac.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/act-iac-voyagers-announces-2017-graduating-class-300461829.html