Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Recipients of the 2006 Governor's Technology Award
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented the 2006 Governor's Technology Awards to a company, individual and student who are leaders in technology innovation. The award recipients have taken great strides in their fields to advance technology in Kentucky and help build a connected, technology-based economy.
The 2006 winners are:
- Company – Humana, Inc., based in Louisville
- Individual – John Williams, chairman of Computer Services Inc. in Paducah
- Student – Jarad Fugate, junior at Breathitt County High School
“Today, we recognize forward thinkers in the commonwealth who promote, embrace, and advance technology in their communities and beyond,” Governor Fletcher said. “It is an honor to recognize Kentuckians for their efforts to weave technology into the fabric of Kentucky life.”
The 2006 Governor's Technology Award for a company went to Humana Inc., one of the largest publicly traded health benefits companies in the nation. Headquartered in Louisville, Humana continues to implement cutting-edge technology for customers and medical health professionals alike to provide secure web-based platforms for transactions and services. Humana’s Web site (www.humana.com) allows members to find a doctor, manage their benefits or set up an individualized Medicare benefit tracking system. Human recently began an expansion in Louisville that includes a move into a new building and the hiring of 1,100 employees.
John Williams, chairman of Computer Services Inc. (CSI), received the 2006 Governor's Technology Award for an individual. Williams founded CSI in 1965, long before the explosion of the Internet, but he has since pioneered the use of broadband to provide integrated banking services, such as digital check imaging, for community banks across the country. As chairman of the Paducah-based company, Williams continues to lead CSI and support innovations to simplify online banking. For more information, see www.csiweb.com.
Governor Fletcher also recognized Jarad Fugate, a junior at Breathitt County High School in Jackson, with the 2006 Governor's Technology Award for a student. Fugate recognizes the positive impact that technology, in particular broadband, will have on his eastern Kentucky community. An active participant on Breathitt County's eCommunity Leadership Team, Fugate has his own Web design company (www.viperwebpro.com). He also built and maintains a Web site for teens in his community to access free online games, message boards, live chat and contests (www.breathittteens.com).
In conjunction with the 2006 Governor's Technology Awards, Governor Fletcher officially pronounced Feb. 8 as “Tech Day” in Kentucky. Members of the Kentucky General Assembly were on hand as the governor released the 2006 ConnectKentucky Progress Report. The report highlights the goals and accomplishments of Kentucky's Prescription for Innovation, a statewide initiative to make high-speed Internet, or broadband, available to all Kentuckians by 2007. Featured in the report are the most recent statewide broadband assessment maps, profiles of Kentucky companies and individuals who exemplify why broadband is so important to Kentucky, and updated data including:
In 2003, about 60 percent of Kentucky households had the ability to subscribe to broadband. Over the last two years, that number has grown to 77 percent, an addition of more than 240,000 households able to access broadband at home. Increased investment by broadband companies is expected to bring availability to 90 percent by the end of 2006, in line with the goal of full broadband availability for all Kentuckians by the end of 2007.
Over the last two years the growth rate of new subscribers to high-speed Internet in Kentucky was the highest in the nation. During that time, home broadband usage in Kentucky has increased from 22 percent to 32 percent.
Tech Day in Kentucky invites Kentuckians and legislators to recognize the advancement of technology in the commonwealth and commit to the development of technology-based economic development in Kentucky.
For more about the 2006 Governor's Technology Awards, the 2006 ConnectKentucky Progress Report, or technology policy in Kentucky, contact ConnectKentucky or visit www.connectkentucky.org.
About ConnectKentucky: ConnectKentucky is leading the way into a new economy for Kentuckians. As an independent, non-profit technology-based economic development organization, ConnectKentucky is working to ensure that Kentucky remains the place of choice to work, live, and raise a family. ConnectKentucky works with technology-minded businesses, government entities, and universities to accelerate technology in the Commonwealth.