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PR Tech Biz: News from the City of Rochester, Albany, Aurora University, Michigan & Illinois

PR Tech BIZ from Great Tech Pros:

Each month we take a quick look at the local business technology news that’s happening in a city near you and then share it in an easy to read and digest format.

Governor Quinn Announces $3.5 Million Investment for STEM School at Aurora University

Aurora IL technologyFunding Paves Way for Groundbreaking and School to Open in 2014-2015 School Year

AURORA – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3.5 million capital investment to help build the John C. Dunham STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at Aurora University. The investment will allow construction of the school to begin immediately and open for the 2014-2015 school year. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to prepare every child for success in college, career and beyond.

Governor Quinn first visited Aurora University in 2011 to sign Senate Bill 621, which supported the creation of a math and science partnership school operated by Aurora’s four school districts and Aurora University on campus. Through private fundraising, Aurora University was able to secure $7 million of the $12 million needed for the John C. Dunham STEM Academy, and Governor Quinn recently signed the budget appropriating $3.5 million to the school to allow construction to begin.

The partnership school is the cornerstone of the Mathematics and Science Education Center of Aurora University, which was launched by the university’s Institute for Collaboration in 2009 to address the deficiencies in STEM education in the United States. The center’s programs also include content-based bachelors’ and masters’ degrees, professional workshops and institutes for teachers, and after-school and summer studies programs for students.

State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) have been strong supporters of the John C. Dunham STEM Academy and worked to appropriate the funds in the 2014 fiscal year budget.

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Mayor Thomas S. Richards, County Executive Maggie Brooks and Emergency Communications Department Announce “Text to 9-1-1”

City of Rochester TechnologyCity of Rochester

Mayor Thomas S. Richards, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and John Merklinger, Director of the City of Rochester/County of Monroe Emergency Communications Department, joined representatives from Verizon Wireless, TeleCommunication Systems Inc., today to announce “Text to 9-1-1,” a new option for Verizon customers who need to contact 9-1-1. Representatives from the Rochester Chapter Hearing Loss Association of America, Rochester School for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) attended the press conference.

Verizon Wireless customers in Rochester and Monroe County can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 9-1-1 for emergency help when they are unable to make a 9-1-1 voice call. This service will initially be available to any Verizon Wireless customer within range of a cell tower in Monroe County.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Virtusa Opens Technology Center in Troy and Adding 200 New Jobs

New-York-State-Logo-techFast-growing Tech Company Actively Hiring Now
Albany, NY 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Virtusa, a Massachusetts headquartered global IT services company has opened a new technology center in Troy, NY. The growing company is projected to create up to 200 new jobs in the Capital Region by the end of 2014. Virtusa is actively hiring now to fill positions including engineers, analysts and project managers.

Virtusa’s new 10,000 square foot technology center, the company’s most recent major investment in a US-based technology center, is strategically located within the Rensselaer Technology Park and easily accessible to Virtusa clients across the northeast. The technology center allows Virtusa to offer high quality, cost-effective nearshore IT services to its clients, improving the effectiveness of its optimized global delivery model. Additionally, its location near more than 15 colleges and universities in the Albany area enables the company to source and collaborate with local technology talent.

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Michigan and Illinois Announce Interstate Technology Modernization Partnership

Illinois TechnologyIllinois to Use Michigan’s Medicaid Technology as a “Cloud-Based” Service, Saving Taxpayers Millions of Dollars

LANSING – The states of Michigan and Illinois today announced the creation of an unprecedented interstate alliance to enable Illinois to access Michigan’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), the technology that supports state Medicaid programs, as a shared service. Through the Illinois Michigan Program Alliance for Core Technology (IMPACT) project, Illinois will modernize its outdated MMIS system while saving taxpayers millions of dollars, versus implementing a costlier stand-alone system.

Under federal law, each state must operate technology to support the “back-end” administrative functions of their Medicaid programs. MMIS allows for information retrieval and claims processing. Illinois, whose current legacy MMIS is more than 30 years old, has been working for over a decade on an economical way to implement a replacement system. By partnering with the state of Michigan, Illinois will effectively implement a modernized MMIS solution quickly and cost-effectively, while drastically reducing the high risk associated with such complex projects.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has confirmed that this approach is fully consistent with the applicable federal standards and regulations. CMS has encouraged states to utilize modern technology approaches in support of program goals and needs. MDCH, through a close partnership with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB), is able to capitalize on this opportunity to find solutions to drive the healthcare system toward a widespread network of shared, common technology and processes that support improved state administration of the Medicaid program.

For more information about this partnership, click here.