CommerceNet, the California electronic commerce consortium, has opened a regional chapter in Atlanta.

Known as CommerceNet Southeast, the nonprofit association will serve corporations and government agencies in 10 states, acting as an educational forum to promote business over the Internet.

"As the fastest-growing region in the country and with an abundant communication infrastructure, the Southeast was a natural choice for our first regional chapter," said Jay "Marty" Tenenbaum, founder and chairman of CommerceNet.

Since its April 1994 launching, CommerceNet has grown to more than 150 member organizations worldwide. They include banks, telecommunications companies, on-line services, and software providers. The consortium also opened chapters in Canada and Japan this year.

Founders of the southeastern chapter include BellSouth, Federal Express, Harbinger Corp., Hewlett-Packard, and Wachovia Corp.

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