Commonwealth Technology News
Gov. Fletcher presents the winners of the 2007
Governor's Technology Awards during Tech Day
in Kentucky ceremonies at the State Capitol.
The 2007 Kentucky Digital Government Summit
will be held in Lexington on April 24, 2007.
Gov. Fletcher Recognizes Technology Innovators During Annual Tech Day In Kentucky
On March 1, 2007, surrounded by technology leaders from across the commonwealth, Gov. Ernie Fletcher held press conferences in Georgetown and Frankfort to celebrate Tech Day in Kentucky.
Kentucky Digital Government Summit Coming April 24
For the seventh straight year, the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) will partner with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.
Task Force Unveils Recommendations To Boost Kentucky's Performance In Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
On March 20, 2007, the Council on Postsecondary Education's (CPE) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force released its final report containing eight recommendations to accelerate Kentucky's performance in STEM disciplines.
Governor Announces New Web Site for Information on Health Care Quality
On March 19, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced the creation of the Health Care Information Center, a new, comprehensive resource to help Kentucky consumers become more informed about the quality of health care throughout the commonwealth.
Nominations Open For 2007 NASCIO Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in IT
For the 19th consecutive year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will honor outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector through its Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology.
Kentucky Emergency Warning System (KEWS) To Be Upgraded to Digital
The Kentucky Emergency Warning System (KEWS), an analog microwave system spanning the state, is being upgraded to a digital system by the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT).
Dell Awarded PC Contract, Pomeroy Selected for Printers
The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) recently selected Dell to be the sole provider of PCs for Kentucky state government, while Pomeroy will supply printers made by Lexmark.
2007 Homeland Security Grant Applications Available OnlineKentucky Taxpayers Encouraged to File Electronic Returns
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) recently announced that the homeland security grant application for 2007 would be available online beginning April 2.
The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department of Revenue (DOR) encourages Kentucky taxpayers to file individual income tax returns electronically.
KHS Wins Gold ADDY® Award for Web Site
The Kentucky Historical Society Web site has been recognized with a Gold ADDY® award in the category of Consumer HTML/Other Web Site.
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Kentucky's Workforce Falling Behind in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Kentucky's success in the digital economy of the 21st century is dependent upon having a workforce that is strong in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Unfortunately, Kentucky faces an uphill struggle in developing its workforce in these important areas. The Council on Postsecondary Education's (CPE) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force recently issued a report outlining strategies to improve Kentucky's faltering STEM standing.
The STEM report cited the following:
Kentucky ranked 49th in the nation in the number of bachelor's degrees conferred in science and engineering (2003);
Kentucky ranked 48th in science and engineering degrees as share of degrees conferred;
Kentucky ranked 47th in the number of scientists and engineers;
Kentucky ranked 45th in the number of patents issued; and
Kentucky ranked 42nd in the number of high-tech jobs.
The need to boost performance in STEM fields is also an important issue at the national level. Thirty years ago, the United States ranked third worldwide in the number of science graduates; now the U.S. ranks 17th. Additionally, Asian universities produce eight times more engineering bachelor's degrees than the U.S.
Additional information about CPE's STEM report may be found here.
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Question: What is Kentucky's national ranking for the number of high-tech businesses located in the state?
Answer: According to the Council on Postsecondary Education's (CPE) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force report discussed above, Kentucky ranks 44th nationally in the number of high-tech businesses located in the state. Additional information about the CPE STEM report may be found here.
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