Pennsylvania Gives US$1.3 M for IT Projects

WASHINGTON (07/19/2000) - The Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority awarded US$1.3 million last week to fund six technology projects, most focusing on high-speed Internet networks or technology centers The winners are:

* 3 Rivers Connect: A Pittsburgh-based smart-building project that won $500,000 to wire more than 80 civic organizations and government building tenants of the Regional Enterprise Tower with broadband technology. Each tenant will have affordable access to the technology and technical support.

* Bloomsburg Regional Digital Community: Won $254,000 to establish two technology laboratories and at least six training programs for the public; create at least six programs for citizens without computer experience; hire a coordinator for the community technology center; partner with local employers for two training programs; and to provide access to the Keystone Library network.

* Keystone Community Network Health Education and Systems Alliance: Received $250,000 to establish a broadband fiber-optic connection among Lock Haven University, regional hospitals and the Keystone Library Network of the State System of Higher Education. The network provides hospitals distance learning and access to an online medical library and database.

* North Central Pennsylvania Regional E-Commerce Center: Awarded $130,000 to accelerate the adoption of electronic business in the North Central region of the state by providing funding for curriculum development, seminars and marketing and training coordination; developing a virtual manufacturers network; and purchasing hardware.

* Universal Technology Center: Awarded $100,000 to train 1,200 greater Southeast Philadelphia-area elementary students in technology by developing the Virtual Private Network, a community intranet linking residents, community programs and facilities, churches, schools and businesses.

* BerksNet Community Network: Won $97,712 to provide an affordable and accessible information network supporting open communications among the entire community.

PTIA, run by a board of directors from tech companies, government, economic development organizations and university leaders, provides funds for high-tech innovations.

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