COVITS Focuses on Advancing the Public's Agenda

Governor Kaine, secretary Chopra, and over 50 State and local government and education sector speakers to address key issues driving the future of technology in Virginia at the Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS), which will take place September 10-12, 2006, at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

COVITS annually brings together a community of senior-level executives and thought leaders from state and local government, business, and academia to identify, discuss and propose solutions to Virginia's critical technology issues. The conference, in its eighth year, is hosted by Virginia's Secretary of Technology, Aneesh P. Chopra, on behalf of Governor Timothy M. Kaine.

COVITS 2006 will tackle some of the most pressing needs in the
Commonwealth - elevating our quality of life through "intelligent" transportation systems, protecting our families through electronic medical records, and educating tomorrow's workforce through distance-learning initiatives. At the same time, COVITS will continue to showcase Virginia's leadership role in applying public-private partnerships to the challenges of maintaining and advancing its technology infrastructure.

Some additional notes of interest for the media at COVITS 2006 include:

- Governor's Technology Awards, Monday, September 11, 9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. The seventh annual Governor's Technology Awards program honors outstanding achievements and recognizes innovative technology initiatives in the public sector throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

- Concurrent Breakout Sessions on Transportation, Healthcare and Education, led by government agency heads with participation by industry, Sunday, September 11, 10:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Session A: Smart Transportation Technologies
Session B: Telework for Continuity of Operations
Session C: Regional Health Information Organization
Session D: Electronic Health Records
Session E: Technology in Education

- Virginia's Technology Transformation: A Partnership for the Future, Monday, September 11, 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. This presentation and panel discussion examines the opportunity to leverage the benefits of this precedent-setting public-private partnership for all levels of government and in all regions of Virginia.

- Virginia's Enterprise Applications for Government Partnership: Is ERP Ready to Become a Utility? Monday, September 11, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This panel will discuss the viability and challenges of this approach.

- Concurrent Breakout Sessions on the "Strategic Plan for IT" in Action, Tuesday, September 12, 9:20 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Session A: Pod casts and Portals: Next Generation Access to Government Services and Information
Session B: A Best Practice Model for Collaborative Software Development
Session C: Security: Ensuring Trust and Reliability Across Government Systems
Session D: Enterprise Investment Management - Tracking Return on Investment for IT
Session E: Technology-Enabled Government Workforce: Keys to Productivity

- Rural Technologies: Broadband, Telemedicine, Distance Learning, Tuesday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

- Emergency Preparedness and Response: Federal, State and Local Planning and Perspectives, Tuesday, September 12, 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. This session discusses lessons from last year's devastating hurricane season and how these lessons are being incorporated into federal, state and local plans for preparing and responding to future natural disasters, in particular, planning for a potential pandemic flu outbreak. This panel will also discuss the resources that can be shared among the response planning community and teams for domestic terrorism, natural disasters, and healthcare crises.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Sunday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 11, 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m., 9:50 a.m. - 11: 50 a.m.,
1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12, 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m., 9:20 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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