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McCulloch Kicks-Off 2009 Montana Digital Government Summit

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch introduces Keynote Speaker Dr. Phil Gardner, of Michigan State University.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch introduces Keynote Speaker Dr. Phil Gardner, of Michigan State University.

HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today thanked the more than 150 state and local government employees who chose to participate in the 2009 Montana Digital Government Summit for their commitment to excellence.

The one-day summit is being held today at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena. McCulloch says the full-house is another reminder that government employees are consistently open to learning and discussing innovative ways to better serve the people of Montana.

"Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, and new advancements are being discovered every day," McCulloch said in her opening remarks. "This rapidly changing tool has become both loved and hated in the public and private sectors, and I am confident that your collaboration can revolutionize the way we use technology to improve government and its services."

The summit was designed for state and local government employees who participate in technology decisions and implementations. Each presentation primarily addresses the future challenges facing those who use digital tools and systems.

"In challenging financial times such as these, it is more important than ever for state and local government organizations to gather together to discuss more efficient and effective ways to provide services to the citizens and businesses of Montana," said Alan Cox, Vice President and Executive Director of Events for Government Technology magazine.

The 2009 Montana Digital Government Summit is organized by Government Technology magazine and the Center for Digital Government. More information about the group and today’s event are available online at gov.tech.com.

"I look forward to listening to what you have to say during today’s summit," added McCulloch. "We have some of the best and brightest gathered in this room, and I am confident great work can be accomplished."