Colorado Appoints Secretary of Technology

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens recently announced that Marc Holtzman would assume full-time leadership of the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) as Secretary of Technology and relinquish his post as head of the state's International Trade Office.

"The move reflects the governor's strong commitment to technology," Holtzman said in a interview from his home in Aspen. "He created a full-fledged Cabinet position for the position...and [the dual lead positions] were somewhat overwhelming. I was spending 85 to 90 percent of my time on the governor's technology agenda, and now that will be 100 percent. "

Holtzman agreed to simultaneously oversee both offices in January, when the OIT had only three employees and was still defining its mission.

"Now the office has 13 employees, a team of loaned executives and consultants managing the state's information technology, overseeing Y2K, promoting technology development and modernizing state government," Holtzman said. He also is in charge of overseeing the New Century Colorado initiative designed to modernize and streamline government processes.

David Solin, executive director of the Office of Economic Development, will assume the leadership of the International Trade Office.

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