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Bell Atlantic Business Development Manager to Retire

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Bell Atlantic Business Development Manager to Retire

Lapinsky Accepts Executive Position with Civic Development

July 31, 1998


Harry Mitchell ,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bell Atlantic - West Virginia's Business
Development Manager Walt Lapinsky Jr. is retiring to become president of
the Call Centers Division of teleservices company Civic Development
Group, effective immediately.

Lapinsky has managed Bell Atlantic's Office of the Future project, an
economic development partnership with the State of West Virginia that is
credited with bringing more than 15,000 jobs to the state since 1990.
During his 26-year career with C&P Telephone and Bell Atlantic, Lapinsky
has held jobs ranging from technician to foreman to operations center

"Walt has been the driving force in our Office of the Future program since
we began marketing West Virginia as a location for technology-based
businesses," said Stan Cavendish, director-Corporate and Public Relations
for Bell Atlantic - West Virginia. "His effectiveness is borne out by the
presence of numerous call centers across the state."

In his new job, Lapinsky will be responsible for operation of 15 Civic
Development call centers in West Virginia, Louisiana, Ohio, New Jersey,
Texas, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina. He also will oversee
selection of new sites for the company, which is headquartered in
Hopelawn, N.J.

Lapinsky will be based in Charleston, working out of the company's new
Eagan Street office.

Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX --
is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry.
With more than 41 million telephone access lines and more than seven
million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier
providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in
wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory
information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest
investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations
and investments in 23 countries.