Nebraska to hold first-ever e-gov conference

Nebraska will hold its first-ever E-Government Conference later this month to help state agencies best use electronic government, electronic commerce and the Internet to improve public services to Nebraskans.

"E-commerce is a good thing right now, but you get to a point in any organization when you say 'Let's do more of this,' " said Chris Peterson, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Johanns (R). "The public has been very receptive, and the state employees with access to the Internet and IT are doing their jobs better and more efficiently."

Peterson said the goal of the meetings is to share information among state agencies, boards and groups, to examine what other states are doing with the Internet and information technology, and to apply the best of those practices in Nebraska.

"Nebraska is a very large state from east to west and two-thirds of the population live in one-quarter of the east," Peterson said, adding that the state capitol in Lincoln is a seven-to-nine hour drive from the westernmost parts of the state. "Information technology and the Internet have provided equal access to state government services for all Nebraskans and has really helped unify our state."

The conference, which is sponsored by Johanns, the Nebraska State Records Board and the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, will be held at the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It will consist of two half-day sessions on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

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