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 technology of the Internet to deliver classes to students throughout the state.
Gregory Wilson, commissioner of the State Department of Health, announced in January he would ask the Legislature to set up a system to computerize the statewide immunization registry. This would make childrens records available throughout the state, preventing them from receiving injections more than once if they move or change doctors.
Des Moines launched a new interactive Web site www.ci.des-moines.ia.us
in January. Residents can now make service requests, pay city parking tickets and search a calendar of city activities online. Residents can also receive customized information they request online when they sign up for Des Moines Direct.
In January, the Department of Revenue launched a new Web site www.webtax.org
that allows residents to file their income taxes online.
Northern Kentuckys job recruitment agency launched a new Web site www.northernkentuckyusa.com
in January to help draw employers to the region. The new site directly links visitors to key information, such as listings and locations of available commercial real estate sites in the area, state incentive programs and local educational institutions. -- The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Department of Revenue is offering free Internet filing of the state return from revenues Web page www.rev.state.la.us
and providing free tax assistance and electronic filing through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
The Maine Science and Technology Foundation unveiled the states new Web-based clearinghouse of science and technology information. The Web site www.mainescience.org
creates a single portal site for businesses, researchers, educators, students and public looking for information about science and technology.
Gov. Parris Glendening announced $23 million to establish the "Commute Smart Program" to develop, promote and maintain teleworking, air quality and car and vanpooling initiatives.
The state was to have decided by the end of January to hire a vendor to design and develop a state Electronic Government Portal www.state.ma.us/egov
In January, the Ottawa County Planning Commission announced that it had created an Internet-based forum firstname.lastname@example.org
called eTalkOttowa. The forum allows planning commissioners, elected officials and citizens to seek advice and exchange information about planning and zoning issues.
The Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division, is implementing a new, statewide, centralized voter registration system. The new system maintains a database of individuals registered to vote in Minnesota and also assists in the administration of elections and provides the backbone for related functions, such as election night reporting and absentee voting.
Gov. Ronnie Musgrove announced his Task Force for Classroom Technology is a time-limited commission with the goal of placing an Internet-accessible computer in every public elementary and secondary classroom in the state by the end of 2002.
In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Bob Holden asked for increased funding for technology in schools. He also asked for an unspecified amount to be invested in technology grants to increase the number of children with access to computers at school.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services deployed the statewide Central Database System in January that will be an automated client management and reporting system. The programs purpose is to provide resources for communities to develop local solutions to problems of poverty.
Brad Fuerst, a teacher at a science and technology magnet school in Omaha, Neb., has essentially created a paperless classroom. Each student has a computer and e-mail where the student can retrieve and answer all the assignments online. -- CyberTimes Education
In February, the Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA) started a joint project with the Nevada Legislature to provide a free telephone hotline for the public throughout the 2001 legislative session. NSLA staff will give callers information on a range of legislative activities, including status and summaries of bills, committee agendas and hearing schedules and identification of bills by subject, officials said.
A coalition of state business leaders, lawmakers and educators joined officials of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) in January to launch KEEP New Hampshire, the Knowledge Economy Education Plan, which will seek state bonding authority totaling $185 million to complete a six-year package of capital renovations to the university systems aging science, engineering and high-technology facilities. KEEP New Hampshire was crafted by USNH Trustees and staff in response to the growing need for workers to fill the jobs being created by the states knowledge economy.
Former Gov. Christie Whitman signed an executive order creating the New Jersey Geographic Information Council. The council was formed to improve the coordination of activities in geographic information systems.
In March, the Emerging Worlds Web site www.emergingworlds.com
was established under the umbrella of the Children of Earth Foundation, which is to fund a variety of programs for American Indians. The site will include a secure, private discussion forum where researchers, doctors and nurses can share information and exchange ideas on chronic disease and stealth viruses. -- Santa Fe New Mexican
In January, Gov. George Pataki unveiled an unprecedented $1 billion high technology and biotechnology plan for New York. The plan would fund three high-technology "Centers of Excellence" that would directly link university researchers with business and industry leaders and position New York at the forefront of new growth in the area of high technology and biotechnology.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched a new Web portal www.ncenviropermit.com
in January. The new site provides the online portion of DENRs One-Stop Permitting initiative. Users can look up permit information based on industry, residential usage, subject area or general keyword search.
The Dickinson City Commission planning meeting is discussing implementing a geographic information system, or GIS, that would put all of the citys information about each city lot in databases that would be used for many purposes.
In January, Gov. Bob Taft encouraged young women to pursue careers in science and technology. Girls in grades 10 through 12 participated in workshops led by Ohio women working in science- and technology-related careers. Parents and teachers were provided with information and resources to support and reinforce their daughters and students interest in science and technology.
Gov. Frank Keating introduced his 2001 education reform agenda in February. The initiative includes $100 million in new school funding, mostly in the form of block grants to schools to help them achieve and sustain academic excellence. School-improvement grants were included as part of the block grants, which would go to schools
that are still striving for "21st-century-school status."
The states Department of Land Conservation and Development rolled out a new Web page of Legislative information in January designed to help lawmakers and others with their information needs during the 71st Legislative Assembly. The page is available at the departments new Web site www.lcd.state.or.us
by accessing "Legislative Web Page." The new page will feature, among other things, Legislative liaison contact information, selected agency testimony and a link to audio coverage from Capitol hearing rooms.
In January, the Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced a $400,000 grant to the State Police to create a completely Web-based Uniform Crime Reporting system that will enable police to file crime data electronically. The new system also will enable Pennsylvanians to view state crime statistics as soon as police enter the information.
Officials from the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) along with area companies have created an Information Technology Task Force to serve as a resource for local businesses. The short-term goal is to collect data and information specific to issues that exist in todays marketplace.
The state announced in February that all public-sector entities will be allowed to purchase products from state term contracts through a secure Web browser interface. The system, which is expected to be fully operational in the 2nd quarter, will be able to support all buyers from the 76 state agencies, 46 counties and 1,200 schools.
In January, U.S. Senator Tom Daschle said he will invite executives from Silicon Valley and other high-tech regions to a spring summit on ways to move South Dakota ahead in jobs and technology.
University of Tennessee, Martin has received $1.1 million from the University of Tennessee (UT) system to create 10 new online classes for the states first online degree program. UT President J. Wade Gilley announced that UTM would use the money to create the online courses this fall for the Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) degree. -- The Jackson Sun
The states Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General has been named an "Honors Program Laureate" by Computerworld magazine, and will pick up its award this month. The divisions innovative Child Support Interactive Web site, located on the attorney generals Web site www.oag.state.tx.us
, allows parents to access payment and case status information on a secure section of the site. Applications for services can be made through the Internet as well.
Salt Lake City hosted a gathering of some of the states New Economy companies at the Winternet, an annual event sponsored by the Wasatch Venture Fund to showcase companies it contributes money to. A primary purpose of the show is to offer high-tech companies in the state a way to meet to discuss how such companies can work with each other in complementary roles. -- The Deseret News
Neshobe Elementary School is the beneficiary of the states Equal Education Opportunity Act that allowed the school to purchase 90 computers. Also, a full-time computer instructor was hired to teach the 411 pupils computer skills.
Virginia Information Providers Network is offering a free legislative tracking service that allows users to track up to 20 bills of interest during the 2001 legislative session. The online system www.vipnet.org
will automatically display bill names, numbers, sponsors, summaries and updates for a users selected legislation.
Department of Ecology has developed an online notice of intent, called the StartCard. The StartCard is a notice of intent to begin some action regarding a well, including building a new well, decommissioning an existing well or other types of actions. Previously, residents had to notify the department through a paper-based process, and the department issued a StartCard after approval of the project.
A new program at West Virginia University is aimed at banishing anxieties about math. The Institute for Math Learning will provide undergraduates with more class time and tutorials using computer-aided instruction. -- USA Today
In January, Gov. Scott McCallums Blue Ribbon Commission on State and Local Partnerships for the 21st Century released its recommendation to improve relationships between state and local government. The commission recommended using technology and Internet strategies to help improve state and local partnerships.
In January, Gov. Jim Geringer announced the continuation of a successful arts and technology initiative promoting technology use in the classroom by the Wyoming Arts Council. About 10,000 students, teachers and administrators have benefited from funding through these programs.