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Major Alecia Webb-Edgington (left) of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security receives Gov. Fletcher's proclamation announcing her as the recipient of the IT Champion Award from Mark Rutledge (right), commissioner of the Commonwealth Office of Technology
 
Major Alecia Webb-Edgington (left) of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security receives Gov. Fletcher's proclamation announcing her as the recipient of the IT Champion Award from Mark Rutledge (right), commissioner of the Commonwealth Office of Technology. 
 

2007 Kentucky Digital Government Summit Held in Lexington
For the seventh straight year, the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) partnered with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.

COT Presents Best of Kentucky Awards at Digital Government Summit
The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) presented the Second Annual Best of Kentucky Awards at the Kentucky Digital Summit, April 23-24, in Lexington.

Wolf Creek Dam Emergency Notification 911 System Now Available
Gov. Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security recently announced that residents and visitors to areas below the Wolf Creek Dam are now able to input their cell phone and e-mail information into the region’s new emergency notification 911 system.

Gov. Fletcher Announces $1 Million Grant to Launch First VINE Protective Order System
Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently announced a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Mary Byron Foundation that will be used to start a new statewide Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) service called VINE Protective Order.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Provide County Clerks' Offices With 21st Century Technology
Gov. Ernie Fletcher and The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) recently announced the installation of new computer equipment for several offices, including Lee, Leslie, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley and Wolfe counties.  

Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Demos New Career Opportunities System
The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, as part of its efforts to modernize the commonwealth's personnel processes, recently previewed the new state-of-the-art Career Opportunities System to the Kentucky Personnel Board.

Results Validate ConnectKentucky As Model For Technology Growth
Kentucky’s growth rate for jobs in the information technology (IT) sector over the last two years outpaced that of the national average, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Kentucky Announces Plans for Future Electronic Health Network
On April 17, 2007, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky e-Health Network Board released a road map for Kentucky’s future electronic health information network, designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care.

Center For Digital Government Executive Teleconference with Mark Rutledge
The Center For Digital Government recently sponsored an executive teleconference with Mark Rutledge, Kentucky Commissioner of Technology and CIO

Kentucky Emergency Warning System (KEWS) Upgrade Progressing
The commonwealth currently is in the first phase of the KEWS upgrade project, which includes network upgrades in Northern and Eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky Education Technology Receiving Major Upgrades
The Kentucky Education Network (KEN) and the Instructional Device Upgrade (IDU) will lay the foundation for a 21st century education technology transformation in Kentucky.

Praise For Kentucky’s Education Technology System
Kentucky’s education technology system received excellent marks in this year’s edition of Technology Counts, a publication of Education Week.

MySpace Speaks About Kentucky’s New Law Requiring E-mail Registration of Sex Offenders
Kentucky has a new law requiring the state’s 6,245 registered sex offenders to register their electronic mail addresses with the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry.
 

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Kentucky's IT Job Growth Rate Outpaces National Average


ConnectKentucky logoKentucky’s growth rate for jobs in the information technology (IT) sector over the last two years outpaced that of the national average, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  From January 2005 to December 2006, seasonally adjusted IT jobs grew by 3.1 percent in Kentucky, in comparison to .1 percent growth nationally.

More than 14,500 total technology jobs have been created in Kentucky during the last two years.  Since the release of Gov. Fletcher's Prescription for Innovation, statewide broadband availability has increased by 53 percent while broadband usage has improved by 73 percent.  Currently, 92 percent of Kentucky homes can access broadband, on track to reach 100 percent availability by the end of the year. An estimated 504,000 previously unserved households can now access broadband as private sector investment in telecommunications infrastructure has reached an unprecedented level in Kentucky at $667 million.  Read more.

Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  What term is used to describe emergency notification systems that can phone or e-mail citizens about imminent danger?

Answer:  Emergency notification systems that can phone or e-mail citizens of imminent danger are referred to as Reverse 911 systems.  Many of these systems allow citizens to enter their own cell phone numbers in order to receive warning calls and text messages.  Kentucky's new Wolf Creek Dam emergency notification system is such a system.  Read more.


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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
 

What term is used to describe emergency notification systems that can phone or e-mail citizens about imminent danger?

(See the answer at the bottom of this page.)

 

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