Armstrong moves to CIT post

Anne Armstrong, editor-in-chief of civic.com and Federal Computer Week, was named president and chief executive officer of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology at a press conference held Monday.

In remarks at CIT headquarters in Herndon, Va., Armstrong said she looks forward to facilitating "the growth of technology and technology businesses throughout the commonwealth." CIT was created to grow technology-based business in the state and improve the state's economic health through the use of technology.

"I think I'm pretty good at asking questions," said Armstrong, who has been a member of the information technology media for most of her career, the last 13 years with FCW Media Group. "I'm not coming in here with any [personal] agenda, but hope I can ask the right questions to make clear what needs to be done."

Armstrong said she will draw on her experience as a journalist to help CIT meet its goal of facilitating technology-based business growth in Virginia. "I hope I'm able to tell a story and I want to help CIT tell its story, our story," she said.

Virginia Gov. James Gilmore's IT agenda includes using the Internet to its full capacity, continuing research and development initiatives, attracting and keeping technology-based businesses in the state and producing an IT work force to fill the needs of the IT business community.

"My job is to assist Secretary [of Technology Donald] Upson in executing the policies that the administration sets up," Armstrong added. "I believe we'll be working as a team."

Erich Windmuller, chairman of CIT's board of directors, said Armstrong was the board's unanimous choice out of a field of 300 candidates. He said Armstrong's "leadership management skills" as well as her understanding of "issues being faced in the technology community" made the board confident in its selection.

Upson applauded the choice, saying he looked forward to working with Armstrong in his role as a member of Gilmore's cabinet and as a CIT board member.

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