NGA Profiles Gov. Fletcher's Prescription For Innovation
Gov. Fletcher’s Prescription for Innovation cited as National Model for Economic Development
ConnectKentucky Presents Technology Plan to NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee at Annual Meeting in Iowa
At the July 2005 meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), several of the nation’s governors gathered to learn details of Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s Prescription for Innovation, a statewide technology development plan. Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, chairman of NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee, served as moderator for the session entitled Broadband Deployment – A Critical Component for Economic Development.
ConnectKentucky President and CEO Brian Mefford presented details of Gov. Fletcher’s bold plan that unites federal, state and local government entities, as well as universities and the private sector, to improve technology-based economic development in Kentucky. The plan’s initiatives include:
- Blanket Kentucky with high-speed Internet access by 2007;
- Encourage citizen use of computers and the Internet; and
- Provide every Kentucky community with an online presence for improving citizen services and promoting economic development.
“Gov. Fletcher is committed to ensuring that every Kentucky community has the opportunity to realize the benefits of technology, and that no Kentuckian is forced to remain on the wrong side of the digital divide,” Mefford told the group in Des Moines, Iowa.
Gov. Fletcher’s Prescription for Innovation includes a grassroots effort that works community-by-community to improve the technology health of the commonwealth. Under the chairmanship of John R. Hall, retired chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc., and Kentucky Commerce Secretary Jim Host, ConnectKentucky is working throughout the state to make the vision of the Prescription for Innovation a reality.
ConnectKentucky, Kentucky’s technology-based economic development partnership, is an alliance of technology-minded companies, universities, federal, state and local government entities, working together to accelerate the growth and economic development of technology in Kentucky.
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