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South Carolina, Florida Get New Tech Councils

April 20, 2001

On Wednesday, South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges announced the appointment of a 38-member Steering Committee of the Technology Transition Team. The group, chaired by the president of the South Carolina operations of BellSouth, consists of business leaders, technology entrepreneurs, financial executives, research university leaders, and government representatives. Technology Transition Team responsibilities include:

  • promoting the close cooperation of community and business leaders on technology issues 
  • tapping the resources of South Carolina's research universities 
  • examining the potential of current and emerging technologies 
  • developing a comprehensive strategy to bring high-tech firms to South Carolina and grow local technology start-ups.

In Florida, according to a press release from the Tampa Bay Partnership, a new, privately led technology council is underway called Tech Florida, Inc. Intended to meet only once or twice a year, Tech Florida, Inc., will provide a forum for high technology industry executives across the state to network and to express their thoughts to government and political leaders on issues ranging from tech-based economic development, workforce development, taxes, and education. Public affairs consultant, Ron Brower, will serve as the first executive director for the council.

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