Governor delivers Va. tech guide
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Sep 26, 2001
e-Communities Task Force home page
With his term ending in about three months, Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announced
several new technology initiatives.
He unveiled a long-awaited guidebook to help encourage communities to
develop a Web presence, and he announced plans to provide a single secure
identification number for residents to conduct transactions via state, local
and education Web sites. He also previewed a fourth iteration of the commonwealth's
The governor's announcements were delivered via a video broadcast to
the third annual Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Symposium
(www.covits.com), hosted Sept. 25-26 at the Virginia
Military Institute in Lexington, Va. The event also was broadcast live via
Gilmore's e-Communities Task Force, formed more than a year ago, presented
its Leadership Guidebook for communities looking to create participatory
Web sites. "The Internet is not just a global tool, but a local tool as
well," Gilmore said. "In Virginia, we want to bring those who are closest
to us even closer."
Another initiative, expected to be operational by December, is MyVirginia
State residents will be able to obtain a single, confidential personal identification
number to access electronic state and local government and education services.
Officials demonstrated how citizens will apply for a PIN online and then
receive a number via postal mail.
According to state officials, a single PIN is convenient for users accessing
services, and it benefits government because operating costs will diminish
as more users access online services.
The state also unveiled a revamped portal at www.myvirginia.org. When a user types in a local ZIP code, a database retrieves
services and resources that might be of interest based on geographic location.
Officials said the database is still under development.