Alabama Works, which was funded by the state Legislature last year, will open three centers for machining and computer technology later this year in Anniston, Eutaw and Montgomery counties. In January, the state also awarded the first 200 of 500 technical scholarships that students could use to study at the centers or two-year colleges. -- The Birmingham News
A state technology team flew to Kotzebue in January to install and activate new telemedicine equipment, connecting health aides in 11 villages to doctors in urban areas using digital, video and voice link. -- Anchorage Daily News
In January, Gov. Jane Dee Hull released a plan designed to position the state as a leader in the New Economy. The plan highlights four areas of concentration: education; telecommunications infrastructure; leadership in support of technology, research and development and access to capital; and enhancing government services.
The state Department of Higher Education has unveiled its new Web site www.arkansashighered.com. The site features links to the states colleges and universities, making it easier for parents, students and school counselors to get information on colleges.
Gov. Gray Davis announced in January the release of $167 million in education technology grants for high schools. More than 108,000 multimedia, Internet-capable computers will be added to high schools as a result of these grants. This will bring the statewide students-to-multimedia-computers ratio to 5-to-1 across the state.
In January, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education announced that it is soliciting grant proposals from higher education institutions, or qualifying public or private entities in the state for research, development and technology transfer with regard to waste diversion and recycling.
In January, the state released a new anti- tobacco Web site www.tobaccofreect.com, which provides education regarding the laws and regulations of tobacco in the state.
Gov. Ruth Ann Minner created a task force in January to examine how the state manages its information technology, including the structure and mission of the Office of Information Services and its ability to attract and retain qualified information technology personnel.
Tampa released its new e-commerce Web site www.tampagov.com in January. Through the site, citizens can request police documents, and the site eventually expects to deliver services for online business licensing, utility payment processing and permitting.
Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell announced the opening of another City Cyber Center, bringing the total number of community technology centers to four in January. This center will provide free computer and Internet training to Atlanta residents.
The University of Hawaiis East-West Center hosted the Internet2 Techs Workshop in late January. The workshop brought together about 400 of the worlds next-generation Internet engineers and leaders for a series of international technical meetings and was co-sponsored by the Asia Pacific Advanced Network, Asias multilateral Next Generation Internet project.
The states $10.4 million educational technology budget for the 2000-2001 school year will be given to the states school systems to support their district technology plans. In order to receive any funding, each district is required to have an approved three- to five-year plan for technology, and all certified personnel must be evaluated for technology proficiency.
In January, Gov. George Ryan launched the first day of classes for the new Virtual High School, which provides expanded opportunities for high school students in public and private schools, both inside and outside the classroom walls with the