The Atlantic hosted a digital town hall today on how to create the jobs and the economy of the future. Assisted by the Microsoft Town Hall cloud-computing tool and with sponsorship from Microsoft, the conversation featured interviews and panel discussions with national government and business leaders, entrepreneurs, and college students.  Archived footage of the town hall will be available here.

Scheduled participants included:

  • Timothy Geithner, Secretary, United States Department of Treasury
  • Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Orrin Hatch, United States Senate
  • Jon Huntsman, US Ambassador to China (via pre-tape)
  • Governor Bob McDonnell, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Brian Deese, Deputy Director, National Economic Council
  • CEOs and students from the University of North Carolina and Miami University

Powered by the Windows Azure Platform, the Microsoft Town Hall cloud-computing tool helps ensure the conversation was as wide as possible by enabling anyone with an internet connection to participate.   Viewers used Microsoft Town Hall to submit questions that panelists could answer and to comment on the discussion.

The Atlantic and Microsoft have also teamed up to present a digital discussion called "Jobs and the Economy of the Future", which will run on The Atlantic's website until February 18, 2011.  So join the conversation and share your thoughts!

Click here to learn more about Microsoft Town Hall.