Pennsylvania, PSU, Microsoft team up
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 20, 2000
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge on Monday joined representatives from Penn State
University and Microsoft Corp. in a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at the
new E-Commerce Center for Excellence.
The center, located at Penn State's Eastgate Center in Harrisburg, will
be supported by software and staff from Microsoft and will include technical
briefings and hands-on demonstrations of e-commerce subjects, as well as
offering certification courses for students interested in technology careers.
Penn State's new School for Information Sciences and Technology will provide
faculty to teach e-commerce courses and lead internship programs.
"This center will provide a resource for educating Pennsylvanians on
the latest trends in e-commerce and the benefits of doing business over
the Internet," Ridge said in a release. "By drawing on the high-tech expertise
of both Microsoft and Penn State, this facility will quickly become a vital
tool for better preparing our citizens, employers and government in the
productive use of e-commerce."
Also in commonwealth technology news, Ridge last week announced nearly
$12 million in the first technology grants made through the Pennsylvania
Technology Investment Authority.
The PTIA is a regionally based financing tool that Ridge signed into
law last year. It includes three main funding components: a fund for capital
investment in knowledge-based companies; grants to support the growth of
e-commerce in state businesses and to support community Internet initiatives;
and a fund for investment in university-based research centers.
Nine institutions, including the University of Pittsburgh Office of
Technology Management and the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern
Pennsylvania, received the initial grants.