Idaho creates tech advisory council

Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne signed an executive order creating a state Science and Technology Advisory Council and appointed Billy Shipp as the state's science and technology adviser.

Shipp, the laboratory director and deputy general manager for Bechtel BWXT Idaho LLC, will head the council and help develop a statewide science and technology strategic plan. In addition to advising the governor on science and technology issues, Shipp will advise the state's Commerce Department, Board of Education, and colleges and universities on science and technology topics.

As chair of the Science and Technology Advisory Council, Shipp will partner with the state's universities to develop a science and technology strategic plan to assist Idaho businesses operating in the digital economy.

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