Semiconductor. The company will award $2.5 million to schools in regions it has production plants. Brunswick Times Record

Maryland | Six children ages 7 to 11 participate in a laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, in which they help design computer software. The project is the brainchild of Allison Druin, assistant

professor at the university's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and an authority on children and technology. Baltimore Sun

Massachusetts | A public/private partnership in Boston attracted more than $26 million to bring computer technology to the city's 64,000 students and 4,800 teachers.

Michigan | A GIS project involving 20 local governments in the Grand Rapids area involves data conversion integrating more than 500 digital documents and databases and 2,100 paper source maps. The result is a database of 800 layers, including utilities, assessors, public safety, park and recreation, clerks, engineering, zoning, traffic and streets and roads.

Minnesota | Over the next two years, the Minnesota State College and University system is seeking $24.5 million to fund six regional technology training centers and technology training for faculty. System officials said adults are increasingly attending classes to update technology skills. Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mississippi | Mississippi State University wants to use land north of Biloxi's Back Bay as a site for research laboratories, according to a recent article in the Biloxi Sun Herald. A technology center would connect students to distant classrooms.

Missouri | A radio decoder that had been unplugged to make room for an AM/FM radio delayed Kansas City's flood warning system during October's flash flood, in which 11 residents were killed, the Kansas City Star reported. City leaders are assessing the flood and preparing to better respond to future incidents.

Montana | One of Gallatin County's fastest growing communities -- known as Four Corners because it is centered around intersecting roads directing travelers to Big Sky, Belgrade, Norris and Bozeman -- has implemented a strategic plan for integration of data, disciplines, networks and user communities into a GIS environment focusing on land use and physical constraints. Montana GIS News

Nebraska | The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the early users of Internet2, which will be able to send more than 2.4 billion bits of information per second. The Conservation and Survey Division plans to send complex satellite images to and from the University of Oklahoma. Lincoln Journal Star

Nevada | Nevada's Classroom on Wheels program, which renovates used school buses and refurbishes them to create virtual classrooms on wheels, was named one of 25 finalists in the Innovations in American Government Awards by the Ford Foundation.

New Hampshire | The Information Services Section of the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles developed a computer networking project designed to help town and city clerk offices streamline automobile registration functions. The project was started in part because law enforcement needed more updated information.

New Jersey | Gov. Christie Whitman announced a $5.5 million technology grant program for three state-operated school districts in Paterson, Jersey City and Newark. The two-year program will enable the districts to develop Technology Model Schools, which will encourage the use of technology and help students learn New Jersey's core curriculum.

New Mexico | Data confirming compliance of trucks using the PrePass electronic weigh-in-motion technology validates the decision to implement the program throughout New Mexico, according to Gov. Gary Johnson. The system allows state personnel to focus on activities that require human intervention.

New York | The New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. used IntraMuni, an Internet-based municipal bond market service developed by IntraLinks Inc., to speed its municipal bond offering. IntraMuni was used in the document creation process for all preliminary official statements.

North Carolina | Electronic commerce, local government technology, privacy, security and IT personnel recruitment and retention will be addressed in the North Carolina Executive Leadership Forum in Raleigh on Feb. 24 and 25. The forum is sponsored by more than a dozen