Commonwealth Technology News
Gov. Fletcher delivers the keynote address at the
2007 Kentucky e-Health Summit in Louisville.
Gov Fletcher Delivers Address on the Future of E-Health in Kentucky
On Jan. 19, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Dr. Robert Kolodner joined the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky e-Health Network Board for the commonwealth's first e-Health Summit.
Gov. Fletcher Presents Funds for Mobile Data Computers
Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown to present a homeland security check for mobile data computers.
Funding to Improve 911 Services Across Kentucky is Announced
On Jan. 22, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced the recipients of the first round of 911 Improvement Grants for 2007, awards designed to enhance services at Kentucky’s 911 centers.
Gov. Fletcher Presents Free, Refurbished Computers to Lawrence County Students
Gov. Fletcher recently visited Lawrence County to present free home computers, software and printers to 105 sixth-grade students and their families through the No Child Left Offline program.
Governor’s Get Healthy Kentucky Initiative Kicks off with Launch of Web SiteJoin ConnectKentucky for Tech Day in Kentucky, March 1, 2007
For Kentuckians who’ve made getting healthy their New Year’s resolution, finding the tools to achieve their goal will be a whole lot easier in 2007 thanks to Gov. Fletcher’s new initiative, Get Healthy Kentucky.
Gov. Fletcher invites Kentuckians to participate in the second annual celebration of technology in the commonwealth. Tech Day 2007 will be held on March 1.
AMBER Alert Success Enhanced By Public Participation
Jan. 13, 2007 was AMBER Alert Awareness Day and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) joined law enforcement agencies nationwide to promote public participation in this emergency notification system.
Businesses’ Annual Reports Available Earlier Than Ever
Kentucky business entities now have access to their annual reports, marking the earliest date the reports have been available in the commonwealth’s history.
Kentucky Historical Society Launches New Web Site
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has launched a new Web site offering enhanced content and services.
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Personal Computer Use and Internet Access in Kentucky
The graphs and narrative below were excerpted from the recently released Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center's seventh biennial report on trends influencing the future of the commonwealth, Visioning Kentucky's Future: Measures and Milestones 2006. The 194-page report offers citizens and policymakers information about opportunities, problems and uncertainties on the horizon that can be used to think and act strategically about Kentucky's future. The report identifies 26 long-term goals for Kentucky which were derived from a citizen vision for the commonwealth's future. Goal #18 states, "Kentucky will develop a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure that complements its learning culture and bolsters its competitive position in the world economy," and includes the following statistics:
Access to Personal Computers
Access to and use of computers is fast becoming a prerequisite for educational and economic success. The percentage of Kentucky adults with access to a personal computer has hovered around 85 percent since 2002. In 2006, 70 percent of Kentucky adults reported having home computer access while about 15 percent reported having access to a computer at work, school, or elsewhere. The remaining 15 percent of Kentuckians reported having no computer access. However, the availability of computers in public libraries provides some level of access to all Kentuckians.
Research shows that because information technology permeates so many aspects of our lives, access to and use of it are increasingly important to being fully informed, socially integrated, and economically successful. Kentucky has made dramatic progress on this important measure since 1996. Only 20 percent of all Kentuckians said they had accessed the Internet at some point during the previous year in 1996 compared to 72 percent in 2006. Thus, Kentuckians have rapidly moved into the Information Age over the past decade, utilizing perhaps the greatest information resource in history - the Internet - in ever increasing numbers.
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Question: What percentage of Kentuckians feel that the state is making progress toward achieving a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure, or at least holding its own?
Answer: Seventy-nine percent of Kentuckians feel the state is making progress toward a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure or at least holding its own, versus 21 percent who feel that Kentucky is losing ground in this increasingly important area of the digital economy. This information comes from Visioning Kentucky's Future: Measures and Milestones 2006, a report recently released by the Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center.
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