Philadelphia Ready for Y2K, Hosts Community Conversation

Philadelphia's Year 2000 Readiness World Wide Web site shows that 100 percent of the city's mission-critical systems are Year 2000-compliant as of this month, just in time for a Y2K Community Conversation lead by the chairman of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion.

Philadelphia's Year 2000 site (www.phila.gov/y2k/index.shtml) has features that explore the scope, impact and solutions for Year 2000-related glitches, and a page added in August enables users to see the Year 2000 status of the city's departments.

As of this month, all city agencies and departments -- including Philadelphia International Airport -- are 100 percent compliant, and independent verification of all systems will be completed by the end of month, said Karl Bortnick, chief program manager for the mayor's office of information services. "People get very emotional about everything being complete for Y2K...and we're focused on completing everything," he said.

John Koskinen, chairman of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion was in Philadelphia Wednesday to lead a Year 2000 community conversation to help answer residents' questions on any disruption of services related to the date change. The Philadelphia meeting also was broadcast via satellite to viewers participating in conversations in Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Baltimore; and Milwaukee.

"The site will continuously be updated to reflect current events and actions in the city related to the Year 2000," Bortnick said, adding that the Web site will contain information from the community conversation.

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