Commonwealth Technology News
Planning For the Future Puts Kentucky in the Digital States Top 10
Kentucky COT Commissioner Mark Rutledge talks about some of the factors that propelled the commonwealth into the Digital States top 10 for the first time.
Online Survey Lets Kentuckians Share Thoughts on Budget Surplus with Gov. Fletcher
A new online survey allows citizens across Kentucky to let Gov. Ernie Fletcher know how they think the commonwealth’s anticipated budget surplus can best be used.
e-Health Summit to Draw Leaders in Health Care, Business
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky e-Health Network Board will sponsor the state’s first e-Health Summit on Jan. 19 in Louisville.
Division of Geographic Information Partners Up in KentuckyView Consortium
The Kentucky Division of Geographic Information (DGI) recently became a founding partner of the KentuckyView Consortium, an event of significance publicly announced by the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy (IRAPP) at Morehead State University.
Cell Phones Delivered to CHFS Staff in Henderson and Union Counties
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) recently delivered cellular phones to several Department for Community Based Services staff in the Henderson and Union county offices. The phones are part of a larger electronic tool kit to help child and protective services staff better protect themselves and serve clients.
Kentucky Begins Issuing Payments Through Debit Cards
Child support customers and child care providers who get state funding to serve low-income families may find it easier to secure their funds thanks to a new debit card program.
DPH Earns Grant Funding to Improve WIC Program
The Department for Public Health (DPH) recently announced that the Kentucky WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program has been awarded more than $2.1 million in competitive grant funds to help improve the program’s efficiency and the way clients are served.
Kentuckiana IS Special Interest Group Meeting Held in Louisville
Members of the Commonwealth Office of Technology's executive management and project management teams attended the Kentuckiana Information Systems Special Interest Group's (IS-SIG) year-end meeting held at the Frazier Arms Museum in Louisville.
Kentuckians Urged to Make Emergency Preparedness Their New Year's Resolution
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) is urging Kentuckians to make a resolution that is both important and easy to keep: to prepare themselves, their families and their businesses for emergencies.
Kentucky Homeland Security Issues 2006 Annual Report
KOHS recently issued its 2006 Annual Report that focuses on the commonwealth’s chief homeland security and public safety priorities.
Grayson Launches New Secretary of State History Web Page
Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently launched a new Web site dedicated to the history of the Office of the Secretary of State and the officeholders who have directed it.
Statewide STEM Task Force Begins Work
A new statewide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force convened by the Council on Postsecondary Education held its inaugural meeting in Frankfort on Dec. 19.
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Kentucky's 511 Traffic and Travel Information Line
Kentucky's 511 system for traffic and travel information stays busy all the time, but their peak season is just around the corner. The 511 service, available via phone or the Internet, provides information about accidents, construction information and weather conditions that affect the commonwealth's roadways. Kentucky's 511 phone system averages over 40,000 calls a month. Although it's impossible to predict which month will be the busiest, it's safe to say that it will be one of the upcoming winter months.
Leon Walden, program coordinator for 511 for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said, "511 continues to be an important part of the Transportation Cabinet's strategy to help motorists deal with the winter driving season. We expect to receive more calls to 511 during any one snow and ice day than during an entire typical month." Traffic and travel information for Kentucky roads is available by dialing the three simple digits 5-1-1 or on the Web at 511.ky.gov. Information on both the phone line and Web site is current and updated 24/7 as conditions change.
Because of 511, Kentucky citizens and visitors are making informed decisions before they hit the road. Whether the system is accessed by phone or by visiting http://511.ky.gov, it's a fast and efficient way to find the best route to your next Kentucky destination.
||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: How many Unbridled Spirit Gift Cards have been sold by the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, and what is their dollar value?
Answer: The Kentucky Commerce Cabinet sold 4,158 Unbridled Spirit Gift Cards worth $285,976 between October 11 and December 31, 2006. To learn more about the new gift cards, click here.
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