The InnovateOhio initiative was launched by Gov. Mike DeWine in January, but now the undertaking has the support of a dedicated website and an advisory board full of state business and technology leaders.
(TNS) — Some of Ohio’s most prominent names in business, tech and venture capital will advise Lt. Gov. Jon Husted’s new state government innovation initiative.
Husted’s office on Monday launched the website for InnovateOhio, the expansive but poorly understood new government department which Gov. Mike DeWine tapped Husted to run shortly after taking office in January. Prominently featured on the new site is a video in which Husted describes his vision for InnovateOhio, which aims to use technology to improve Ohioans’ lives and streamline government operations.
Along with the website launch, a list of InnovateOhio advisory board members also was unveiled. The 14-member board will be chaired by Falon Donohue, CEO of VentureOhio, a Columbus trade association for venture investors, tech firms and universities.
The board’s members also include:
The board members will not be paid, according to a written executive order DeWine issued on Monday creating the board. Husted will chair the advisory board’s first public meeting on Wednesday.
During the December lame-duck session, state lawmakers created InnovateOhio as a new state department, and gave Husted a $176,426 salary to run it. That’s 55 percent more than Husted would have made had he taken his lieutenant governor salary. DeWine in his state budget plan has proposed giving InnovateOhio a $5 million annual budget.
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