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IT Matters Conference Wants to Help Local Businesses Make More Money

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

MSU Center for Telecommunications Systems Management director Michael Ramage speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the center’s upcoming conference on information technology.


The free IT Matters Conference runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 at the MSU Paducah Regional Campus. Ramage says it is geared toward both IT professionals and local business owners and leaders.

We have a lot of businesses who have been doing the same thing for years. And their thought has been ‘Oh, we’re doing okay. We’re making money. We’re getting by. We don’t need new technology.’ Well, there’s a lot of new technology that could either make them more efficient or help them make more money,” Ramage said.


Brian Huddleston, president and CEO of Nashville Technology Council, is the keynote speaker and will talk about getting creative to address a lacking IT workforce. Ramage says the agenda also includes Paul Engel of Cisco on data centers, John Truitt of Paducah’s Kalleo Technologies on turning IT managers into business leaders, Perry Myers of Peel and Holland on implementing a mobile workforce, and a security consultant at Microsoft on using Windows securely across an enterprise.

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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