Governor to Lead Town Hall Meeting at Tech Square

Panelists Will Address Atlanta's Emergency Preparedness

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is a featured speaker for a town hall meeting on homeland security beginning 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Georgia Tech's Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW.

The meeting, sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology and WGST-AM 640, is free and open to the public.

"NewsRadio 640 WGST and Georgia Tech are hosting this town hall meeting to provide the community with a discussion about terrorism and homeland-security efforts in Georgia," said Paul Mann, news director at NewsRadio 640 and the Georgia News Network.

"We'll address critical questions, such as how has Atlanta prepared for an emergency? Is there anything else we can do? How do the different agencies work together on homeland security?" Mann said.

NewsRadio 640 morning show host Tom Hughes will moderate the meeting, with a panel of experts on hand to share their thoughts with attendees and listeners. Panelists will take questions from the audience about terrorism and Atlanta's state of emergency preparedness.

Other panelists on the program are Terry N. Hilderbrand, a senior research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute; Georgia Homeland Security Director Bill Hitchens; Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington; Georgia State Health Director Kathleen Toomey, M.D. and M.P.H.; and Michael "Leo" Desrosiers, director of the Georgia Business Force for the metro Atlanta chapter of Business Executives for National Security.

Parking is available in the Technology Square Parking Deck adjacent to the hotel. Vehicles may enter the deck via the Spring Street gate.