A national symposium to be held in Atlanta April 6-9 will focus on the Year 2000 computer problem with a special emphasis on the unique challenges to be faced by the telecommunications and utilities industries.

      Organized by the Brainstorm Group Inc. in Northboro, Mass., the symposium to be held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel at 2450 Galleria Parkway will feature Dee W. Hock, founder of VISA USA and VISA International, and Edward Yardeni, chief economist at the investment banking firm, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell.

      Mr. Hock will discuss the Year 2000 problem generally as one of many indications that organizations are experiencing globally epidemic institutional failure.  Dr. Yardeni is not expected to lighten the tone of the symposium either with his discussion of the probability that the computer glitches will result in global economic recession.

      A wide array of technical sessions covering the affect of the problem on a variety of economic sectors and the legal ramifications.  The symposium will focus Wednesday, April 8, on issues specific to the unique challenges facing the telecommunications and utilities industries.

      BellSouth, Duke Energy, Public Service North Carolina and Sprint will have representatives participating April 8 including Lauris Nance, CIO of Public Services North Carolina.

      U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, (R-Texas), a member of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee will provide an address entitled, View from the Hill: Y2K in the Public and Private Sectors.

      Cost of the program is $1000.  For more information, visit http://www.brainstorm-group.com  Call Cherie Moran at (508) 393-3266 or send an e-mail to cheriemoran@compuserve.com