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Technology Association

Connect Ohio is a public-private partnership that partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities, community organizations, and universities to accelerate technology in the state and close the digital divide.
Connect Ohio is a comprehensive initiative to blanket Ohio with broadband Internet access and dramatically improve the use of related technology. The program is the result of a partnership between the State of Ohio and Connected Nation, a national non-profit organization that specializes in increasing technology access and literacy.
Connect Ohio works across all sectors of the state economy in partnership with telecommunications providers, information technology companies, public agencies, business leaders, community leaders, researchers, and universities in an effort to meet specific goals, which include:
  • Affordable broadband availability for all of Ohio;
  • Dramatically improved use of computers and the Internet by all Ohioans;
  • Local technology planning teams that include every Ohio community;
  • A meaningful Internet presence in all Ohio communities, to improve citizen services and promote economic development through e-government, virtual education and e-health solutions; and
  • A policy and regulatory framework that encourages continued investment in communications and information technologies year after year.
 
Next Meeting:
Friday, October 31, 2014, 9 a.m. to Noon
Location: 31st Floor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio
Topic: Results from the 5-year State Broadband Initiative and Ohio's technology priorities for the future
Presenters:
  • Stu Johnson, Executive Director, Connect Ohio
  • Mark McElroy, Chief Strategy Officer, Connected Nation
  • Katrina Flory, Executive Administrator, Ohio Office of Information Technology
  • Representative Ryan Smith--District 93
Networking Hour 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Main Session 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Past Meeting:
Friday, July 25, 2014
Topic: E-Government Services: Enhancing Efficiency or Further Dividing Non-Adopters
Speakers included:
Deven Mehta, Deputy State CIO for The DAS Office of Information Technology, Enterprise Application Solutions
TOPIC: Ohio Benefits
Mark Walker, CIO for the Ohio Department of Taxation
TOPIC: Ohio Business Gateway
Tanya Calbert, Program Manager for Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
TOPIC: OhioMeansJobs.com
Connect Ohio presented the Broadband Hero Award during this meeting.