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Thursday, June 01, 2006 

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Former Transportation Information Technology Chief To Oversee Next Generation Foundation's Executive Advisory Board

Washington, DC – The former Chief Information Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation and current Vice President of Government Relations at Lockheed Martin, Daniel P. Matthews has agreed to join the Next Generation Foundation (NGF) as the head of its Executive Advisory Board , the organization announced today.

"When it comes to successful leadership there is not a more respected or knowledgeable individual than Dan Matthews," noted NGF President R. Stuart Jones. "For a longtime, Dan has displayed a passionate commitment to creating a brighter future for the citizens of this country regardless of where they live, or who their parents are. We are honored that he has joined us in this incredibly important flight."

As Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board, Matthews will help NGF develop and implement its programs like its e-DELTA initiative. The e-DELTA broadband initiative will work to bring public, private and non-profit leaders together to ensure affordable high-speed internet is available in the Mississippi Delta Region, one of the countries poorest areas. By leveraging their expertise and resources, NGF will work to bring affordable high-speed internet and the 'know-how' to use it to the Delta region.

"It is organizations like the Next Generation Foundation that can unlock the potential of the Delta region by working to ensure that every student, parent and grandparent has the same resources a doctor, lawyer or CEO would have," commented Dan Matthews. "I am excited to be a part of this growing organization and look forward to the task at hand."

The Next Generation Foundation is a collection of professionals in Washington and across the country dedicated to improving economic and educational conditions in the Mississippi Delta. In February NGF announced its inaugural Promise Scholarships and plans to announce the recipients of the scholarships in June. NGF focuses on the eight states of the Mississippi Delta: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana , Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, as well as parts of Alabama. For more information visit the website at www.ngfonline.org.

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