Kentucky Techlines - a monthly digital information publication (banner imagery) go to homepage. Kentucky Techlines - a monthly digital information publication (banner imagery) go to homepage. Kentucky Techlines - a monthly digital information publication (banner imagery) go to homepage.

Kentucky Digital Government Summit Coming April 25

Gov. Ernie Fletcher to be featured speaker at conference

For the sixth straight year the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) will partner with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital

Gov. Ernie Fletcher
Gov. Ernie Fletcher

"The 2006 Kentucky Digital Government Summit provides us an opportunity to communicate with, educate and update the IT community on significant developments. Our Digital Government Summit this year promises to be a truly rewarding and interesting event. If you are involved in IT in Kentucky, whether in the public or private sectors, you cannot afford to miss this event."

- Mike Inman, Commissioner
  of Technology,
  Commonwealth of Kentucky
Government Summit.  This year's conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Kentucky, on April 25.  The one-day gathering of IT leaders from across the commonwealth will provide a forum for communications and collaboration on technology solutions and business practices.  The conference provides opportunities for attendees to interact with each other and key vendors on technology solutions and strategies that will help those in the public sector increase efficiency and improve services.

Conference Featured Speaker

The featured speaker for this year's conference will be Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who will describe his vision for technology in Kentucky.  Gov. Fletcher has made executing his Prescription for Innovation a top priority for his administration.  This bold plan calls for meeting three major technology goals:  making broadband available to all Kentuckians, businesses and local governments by 2007; dramatically increasing the use of computers and the Internet across the commonwealth; and bringing government to the citizens by increasing the offering of meaningful online applications for state and local government, education and community organizations. 

Conference Keynote Address

The conference keynote address will be delivered by astronaut Rick Searfoss, Colonel, USAF Retired, and is entitled "Apogee - Taking Teams to the Top!"  Rick Searfoss has extensive experience in every team role involved with space flight crews, fighter jet squadrons and test flying teams.  He served as the commander of what is considered to be the most complex space shuttle mission ever.  Col. Searfoss will share his ideas about teamwork and complex projects in this fascinating keynote address.

Plenary Session - Emergency Preparedness in Kentucky

In the past couple of years, there have been numerous opportunities to witness trends, obstacles, progress and lessons learned as our governments contended with massive hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, epidemics and terrorist threats. In this revealing session, panel members will describe their most significant concerns, share what they have learned from others' mistakes and successes and provide recommendations for protecting and preparing the commonwealth for a variety of potential crisis situations.  The panel members are:

  • Moderator: Mark Rutledge, Deputy Commissioner, COT, Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • General Maxwell (Clay) Bailey, Director of Emergency Management, Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Major Alecia Edgington, Executive Director, Office of Homeland Security, Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Jim Graham, Director, IT Resource Center for Homeland Security, University of Louisville
  • Charles Kendell, Staff Assistant to the Commissioner, Dept of Public Health, Commonwealth of Kentucky

Best of Kentucky Technology Awards 

The Best of Kentucky Technology Awards Program was established this year to salute Kentucky's IT professionals and managers for their dedication and accomplishments. Agency heads throughout the state have been invited to submit nominations, with a formal nomination committee reviewing each submission and selecting a winner in each category. Categories recognize leadership, innovation, collaboration and stellar achievements by commonwealth and local governments.

The Best of Kentucky Technology Awards will be presented as part of the luncheon program at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.

Summit Sessions 

The digital government conference will include numerous sessions on other current topics of interest to IT managers and executives:

  • Security and privacy in digital government;
  • Mobile workforce trends and opportunities;
  • VoIP and convergence;
  • Electronic records management and preservation;
  • Project management;
  • Crisis management and disaster recovery;
  • Recruiting and retaining an IT workforce;
  • KIH2 and state telecommunication services;
  • Data tntegration and data warehousing;
  • Service delivery model; and
  • Broadband and wireless in the commonwealth.

For attendees who are employed by local government, the Kentucky League of Cities will award six training credits in the category "Developing the Community."  County elected officials will receive 5.5 hours of training credits from the Governor's Office for Local Development.  Additional information about the Summit's program and sessions may be found by visiting

To register for the conference, visit:

-- end --


Last Updated 4/20/2006