|Governor Gilmore Launches "The Digital Dominion" |
Governor Gilmore Launches "The Digital Dominion"
Source: Governor Jim Gilmore Creates Two New Task Forces: Main Street to e-Street and e-communities -
Richmond, Va. August 31, 2000 - At a specially reconvened meeting of the Governor's Commission on Information Technology, Governor Jim Gilmore today launched "The Digital Dominion" both as a model for governing in the Internet age and as his new official web site, www.thedigitaldominion.com.
The Governor also launched two new task forces: "Main Street to e-Street" and "Building e-Communities." These task forces will focus on enabling main street businesses and communities across the Commonwealth to maximize the potential of the Internet and other communications technologies.
"The Digital Dominion model will bring citizens and businesses closer to one another and closer to a more efficient and responsive government," Governor Gilmore said. "Under this model, Virginia will stand as a new paradigm for governing in the Internet Age with unlimited opportunities to advance our role as a global technology leader."
The Digital Dominion represents the Governor's vision and a new approach to governing the Commonwealth. This approach aims to improve the quality and efficiency of government services and foster greater access and communication between public and private partners.
In his remarks to the commission (read his entire speech), the Governor highlighted his commitment to share the promise and prosperity that technology can bring to every corner of the Commonwealth. To this end, the Governor encouraged the growth of various IT industries, including the semiconductor and wireless-technology industries across Virginia, rather than fostering the growth of a single industry in a single region of the state.
The Governor also identified the Digital Dominion as a forum where civic and business leaders will be welcomed to facilitate solutions to the challenges of the Internet age. He also recognized the speed and convenience of e-government services and its potential of the Digital Dominion to bridge the distance between people from their government.
Recognizing the model for the electronic marketplace has not yet fully evolved, the Governor created the Main Street to e-Street Task Force. He appointed Kenneth Johnson, the president of CACI, and Hugh Keogh, the president of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, as co-chairmen.
The Task Force will bring together Main Street businesses with e-commerce companies at a series of workshops across the Commonwealth. The goal of the workshops will be to teach businesses of all sizes how to use the Internet to improve their backroom operations and also their business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions.
The Governor told commissioners the model for the successful electronic marketplace will not be about competition between Main Street and e-Street, but rather the intersection of the two.
"The Internet is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to compete in a more perfect electronic marketplace," Governor Gilmore said. "The less government intrudes into that marketplace, the more electronic commerce and the Internet will have the freedom and opportunity to grow."
The Governor also created the Virginia e-Communities Task Force, recognizing the power and potential of technology to provide similar opportunities for the Commonwealth's communities. This Task Force will bring together education, business, government, and philanthropic leaders to build five blueprints for communities of five different sizes across the Commonwealth. The blueprints will contain a statement of principles and a description of infrastructure needs in order to build an e-Community.
Andrew Cohill, director of the Blacksburg Electronic Village, and Robert Fields, the executive director of the Franklin-Southampton Economic Development Corporation, will serve as co-chairmen. In addition, more than twenty members representing education, business, government, and the philanthropic community will comprise the Task Force.
About the Commission on Information Technology
Governor Gilmore established the Commission on Information Technology in 1998 and assigned members with three challenges - to make it known around the world that Virginia is leading the Internet Age, to ensure Virginia has the best business environment for technology companies and entrepreneurs, and to make the opportunities of the Internet and technology available to every citizen of the Commonwealth.
The Commission submitted its first report - a Comprehensive Internet Policy Act - to the Governor in Williamsburg on December 2, 1998. As result of these commendations, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed into law the nation's first comprehensive Internet Policy Act in March 1999. Virginia's Internet policies have received national attention, and five other states including Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Rhode Island, and Texas are considering similar legislation. Several Commission members toured various regions of the Commonwealth in order to deliver the second report, which offered observations and recommendations for harnessing the power of information and telecommunications technologies in support of regional growth.
- Mark A. Miner, Phone: (804) 692-3110, Pager: (888) 646-5017
- Caroline Boyd, Secretary of Technology, Phone: (804) 786-9404 x3803