Rock Hill police began upgrading their laptop computers in late June. When efforts are complete, their ability to look up license-plate and driver's-license numbers will be enhanced by the ability to file reports by computer. The upgrade was to take about five weeks.
Gov. Bill Janklow said in August he is providing more than $2.1 million for new equipment at four technical institutes so that students will be prepared to receive better-paying jobs. In five years, Janklow has now provided $10,253,841 to upgrade the technical institutes at Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Watertown.
Public Technology Inc. awarded an R&D grant to Memphis for a residential fuel-cell system demonstration, a research project that will categorize fuel cells by various components and select one to be installed into a residential system.
The Texas Workforce Commission's new Web site
The state's mobile data-collection system and law enforcement laptops earned an Intergovernmental Applications award from NASIRE. The program is an in-vehicle laptop system connected to an intergovernmental and private-sector network used to support local police, highway patrolmen and others in law enforcement.
The Vermont Center for Geographical Information Inc.
Gov. James Gilmore was named to the National Governors' Association's Information Task Force.
Then-acting Department of Information Services director Clare Donahue participated in Gov. Gary Locke's Capital for a Day event, which sought to take state government to local communities. She discussed technology and development issues with local officials.
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The state could spend up to $1 million on new or existing biotechnology companies under a plan approved by a legislative panel. The plan is designed to draw high-tech companies to Wisconsin. USA Today
The Wyoming Department of Transportation formed a GIS Implementation Task Force. The task force has put together a multistage, GIS-development proposal. Phase one, already under way, will include constructing the agency's first GIS base map and integrating data records from the agency's Utilities Section. Also during the first phase, scheduled for completion by Nov. 15, department program managers and field administrators are being interviewed to determine how GIS can best be used. *
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