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Nebraska Information Technology Commission

October 1, 1999

Main Site:

Lincoln:  The Atrium
Nebraska Public Service Commission Conference Room
1200 N St., 3rd Floor

Remote Sites:

Kearney:   Kearney Public Library
2020 1st Avenue

North Platte: McKinley Education Center
301 West F Street, Room 1

Norfolk:   Northeast Community College
MaClay Building, Room 122

Omaha: State Office Building
1313 Farnam On the Mall, 3rd Floor Conference Room

Note:   Remote sites will be canceled if a Council member will not be present at that site.


1:30 Roll Call/Introductions
Notice of Posting of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Public Comment
1:40 Update on membership and Community Technology Fund
1:50 Update on NITC and Statewide Technology Plan
2:00 Reports from Action Plan Subcommittees

Priority:   Ensuring access to public and private services for all citizens of the State of Nebraska (regardless of impediment--i.e., location and socio-economic status) through the appropriate and efficient use of information technology.

Action Plan:  Support access to information services for underserved populations through public access sites in libraries, schools, and other publicly accessible locations. 

--Ted Smith, Ron Heezen, Jeanne Saathoff, Ann Stephens

Action Plan:  Conduct a telehealth feasibility study.

--Donna Hammack, Len Benson, Ted Schultz

Priority:    Promoting the development of an infrastructure (including sufficient bandwidth) that is secure, affordable, reliable, and responsive to the specific needs of various sectors.   Efforts should be made to ensure that systems across the state are compatible.

Action Plan:   Co-sponsor the Telecommunications Infrastructure Needs Assessment (TINA) study.

--Michael  Winkle

Priority:  Developing a workforce knowledgeable of and fluent in the use and applications of information technology.  Efforts should be made to promote the recruitment and retention of IT professionals within the state.

Action Plan:  Developing an information technology lifelong learning plan (which includes traditional, formal providers as well as non-traditional, non-formal providers such as libraries) in partnership with the Education Council. 

--Ron Heezen, Ted Smith

Action Plan:  Improve the recruitment, retention, and skill development of IT professionals.

--Gary Kiel, Bob Sweeney

Priority:  Facilitating IT development and innovation by raising awareness, sharing information, encouraging collaboration, and developing partnerships among public and between public and private entities.

Action Plan:  Determine regulatory barriers to IT development in the state and develop strategies to address these barriers in partnership with the Government Council.

--Community Council

Action Plan:  Support local information technology committees in order to stimulate community-based IT efforts and encourage strategic planning.

--Reba Benschoter, Lance Hedquist, Craig Schroeder

Action Plan:   Support IT efforts which respond to the rural crisis (i.e., telework, direct ag marketing through the Internet, and/or other initiatives).

--Sue Volk, Gerry Kluch, Craig Schroeder

Action Plan:  Co-sponsor, in cooperation with the Nebraska Intergovernmental Data Communications Advisory Council (NIDCAC), a study of local government IT coordination needs.

--Ted Schultz, Ann Stephens, Gary Kiel, Lance Hedquist

Action Plan:  Create synergistic critical masses of IT professionals in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of the state.

--Gary Warren, Darl Naumann, Stu Miller, Bob Sweeney, Gary Kiel

Action Plan:  Develop an economic impact analysis of information technology

--Gary Warren, Darl Naumann, Stu Miller, Bob Sweeney, Gary Kiel

Further Development of Action Plan

4:15 New Business
4:25 Future meeting dates/times/locations
4:30 Adjourn

Meeting announcement posted August 16, 1999.

Agenda posted September 22, 1999 and revised Sept. 27, 1999.

Meeting Agenda