Commonwealth Technology News
State education officials look to the cloud for cost savings
The Kentucky Department of Education is relying on the cloud for e-mail, communications and collaboration capabilities for all of its 174 school districts.
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During the weekend of May 21, technology officials with the Kentucky Department of Education took a bold step toward the future by switching the e-mail, communications and collaboration capabilities for 174 school districts to Microsoft’s Live@edu cloud-based computing service. The result was a smooth transition that is garnering national attention.
David Couch, the chief information officer and associate commissioner of educational technology at the Kentucky Department of Education, said the weeks leading up to the agency's migration to cloud computing were anxious ones for members of his technology staff.
Speaking to an audience of state technology leaders during a June 13 webinar for the National Association of Chief Information Officers, Couch said every school district in the state was relying on his team (along with officials from Microsoft and the school district IT staff) to successfully prepare for and implement the largest migration of e-mail accounts to the cloud in U.S. history. More
Governor Beshear recognizes new and expanding manufacturers in Northern Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 10, 2010) – Gov. Steve Beshear today joined community leaders and officials from several Northern Kentucky manufacturing firms to recognize recent economic development announcements. Seven manufacturing companies have announced expansions of existing operations or have recently relocated to the region since the beginning of this year, which will lead to the creation of 404 new jobs and a total capital investment of more than $28.4 million.
Governor announces job training opportunities for displaced workers
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced Kentucky will receive a nearly $1 million On-the-Job Training (OJT) National Emergency Grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Funds will provide on-the-job training to approximately 160 long-term unemployed workers in Kentucky.
State Property Tax Rate Set at 12.2 cents for 2010
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 1, 2010) – The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the 2010 State Real Property Tax Rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the Department of Revenue to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year.
PSC approves Kentucky Power rate settlement - rate increase cut in half; PSC rejects wind energy contract
The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a settlement granting Kentucky Power Co. (American Electric Power) an annual revenue increase of $63.7 million (12.5 percent), which is about half the amount sought by the utility.
Division created to investigate tax violations has successful first year
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 24, 2010) – In 2009, legislation was passed to create the Division of Special Investigations within the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) to probe alleged violations of Kentucky’s tax laws and to present such cases for criminal prosecution. In the year since its inception, investigations conducted by the division have resulted in 50 felony indictments involving tax crimes; more than $300,000 in fraudulent tax refunds have been identified and stopped; and more than $300,000 in restitution has been paid to the Commonwealth.
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||Techlines Trivia Question of the Month
Question: How many e-mail accounts did the Kentucky Department of Education recently transition to the cloud?
Answer: During the weekend of May 21, officials successfully moved nearly 700,000 e-mail accounts to the cloud, representing the largest known migration of its type in U.S. history.
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