Idaho governor calls for tech office

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Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne this week announced the creation of a new Office of Science and Technology to lead the state's continued efforts to enhance both areas.

In his State of the State address on Jan. 12, Kempthorne proposed a new investment of $100,000 to start the office, but the money will also build on existing projects implemented following recommendations from the state's Science and Technology Advisory Council.

The council advises the state on how science and technology can enhance Idaho's economy, and contributes to the development and implementation of the state's information technology strategic plan. Projects already underway include centers across the state that allow agencies to interface with universities and technology companies, and tech-related tax credits for research and development centers and broadband access.

"You've seen the importance of science and technology to Idaho's economy," Kempthorne said. "I believe it now deserves full-time attention."

Kempthorne named Karl Tueller, deputy director of the Idaho Commerce Department, to head the new office.

The governor also said the state will soon launch the Idaho Student Information Management System (ISIMS). The system will serve as a statewide resource for student information — such as grades, attendance records and transcripts — and curriculum development and management. Teachers, students, parents and administrators will have access to different areas of the system.

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