"I urge my state colleagues to read the NGA report to better understand the magnitude of our infrastructure challenges and consider both the need and unique opportunities for IT" -- Gopal Khanna, NASCIO president and Minnesota CIO (pictured).

At the 2009 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C, NGA Chair Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell released a report from his chair's initiative titled An Infrastructure Vision for the 21st Century. The report looks at how different infrastructure assets affect states' ability to compete globally and outlines the challenges facing states and the country as a whole. Innovative financing solutions and use of advanced technology to manage state infrastructure are included in the report.

As a strong advocate for infrastructure investment, Governor Rendell spoke with NASCIO and said "Information technology is an important element of our nation's infrastructure. IT connects education, transportation, health, public safety and social services. We are looking forward to working with NASCIO and the state CIOs to encourage enterprise approaches to accountability and transparency in providing government services."

"We are encouraged by the current discussions on investment in the nation's infrastructure." said Gopal Khanna, NASCIO president and the State of Minnesota CIO. "I urge my state colleagues to read the NGA report to better understand the magnitude of our infrastructure challenges and consider both the need and unique opportunities for IT."

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