Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service

Project Prologue


Technology: A Hallmark of the Leavitt Administration 1993-2003 In 1993, Governor Leavitt delivered a speech that is now known as his “Electronic Highway” address. nike air max pas cher During the speech, the Governor called for:

  • Building a high-speed digital electronic highway as the life-blood of Utah’s “high-paying, high-tech enterprises of the future.”
  • Putting government services online electronically
  • Expansion of the State’s wide area network (WAN) and the use of email and electronic calendaring
  • Calling for employee telecommuting
  • Committing the state to greater use of the Internet, videoconferencing and wireless technologies

Ten years later, Utah has established itself as a leader in many of these areas. Nike Air Force 1 Women


Citizens have 24×7 access to government services Over the past ten years, Utah has made consistent progress in the delivery of online services and information to its citizens. Lebron James While Utah’s website was rated second nationally as early as 1996, it continues to be a leader in 2003, becoming the first state portal to roll out 24×7 live help this year along with a new portal to serve Utah business (Utah’s Website http://www.utah.gov/index.html). goedkoop nike air max 2016 Joey Bosa Examples of Utah’s Online Services http://www.utah.gov/services/citizen.html

  • Vehicle License Renewal
  • Drivers License Renewal
  • Online Tax Payments
  • Campground Reservation
  • Primary Care Network
  • Aircraft Registration
  • Hunting & Fishing Licenses
  • Impounded Vehicle Service
  • Health Insurance Renewal
  • Historical Society Book Sales
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Birth Certificate Purchases
  • Surplus Property Auction
  • One-Stop Business Registration
  • Business Entity Search
  • UCC Filing
  • Nuclear Generator Site Access
  • Purchasing Bid Notification
  • ABC Online Ordering


Utah is a leader in technology-based education In 1996, Governor Leavitt along with Governor Romer of Colorado introduced the western virtual university to the Western Governor’s Association (WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/WGU/005.pdf, VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY WILL OFFER AUTHENTIC DEGREES BY E-MAIL http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/WGU/003.pdf). Utah Utes sklep new balance 966 meskie Today, Utah citizens have a multitude of new educational options, including the Utah Electronic High School (LEAVITT CALLS FOR HIGH-TECH SCHOOL SYSTEM http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19930714.pdf), distance learning through the Utah Education Network (http://www.uen.org/), and collaborative online services like the Utah Electronic College. Nike Tennis Classic nike air max 1 og colorways fjallraven kanken sale Accomplishments

  • 1993 – UtahLink established to connect Utah’s high schools to the Internet (http://www.coastlink.com/users/agibson/holladay/UtahLink.htm)
  • 1994 – 12 new EdNet sites added in Southern Utah. Phoenix Suns ADIDAS Yeezy Boost 350 V2
  • Distance learning gets a boost (http://www.ednet.net/).

  • 1996 – Governors Leavitt and Romer of Colorado introduce the western virtual university to the Western Governor’s Association. The western virtual university (later changed to the Western Governor’s University) aims to play a leading role in offering technology-delivered competency-based education (www.wgu.edu).
  • 1997 – Utah Education Network Satellite Services established and begins serving over 2,500 students per quarter via satellite linked full-motion, full-color video.
  • 1998 – The Utah Electronic Community College opens for business offering anyone, anywhere, anytime, transferable college education by pooling the existing distance education classes available at the state’s five colleges. Students gain access through the Internet ( http://www.uec.org/ ).
  • 1998 – 97% of the state’s high schools are now connected to the Internet.
  • 1998 – Western Governor’s University opens for classes (www.wgu.edu).
  • 1999 – A charge issued in 1993 to the Utah public education community by Utah Gov. Cleveland Cavaliers Cooper Bateman Jersey Michael O. NIKE ZOOM KD 9
  • Leavitt stated that every high school course would be available online by 1996. As a division of the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Electronic High School has accomplished that and more, with the latest figures showing that over 21,000 high school credits have been taken, reflecting an enrollment of 16,000 high school students taking courses online.

  • 2001 – Western Governor’s University becomes the only accredited online university in the country to offer competency-based degrees. Air Max 2017 Donna Nere
  • 56 colleges, universities and other educational providers offer courses through the WGU.

  • 2001 – Governor Leavitt is recognized as a national NetDay hero for making education and technology a top priority for his administration (NETDAY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NetDay)
  • 2001 – Governor issues challenge to double the number of computer science and engineering graduates in Utah and moves forward to expand programs throughout Utah’s system of higher education (Utah Engineering Rolls To Soar Leavitt Plans To Double Number, Boost Funding http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW20000911.pdf).
  • 2001 – U.S. ugg boots uk for sale Department of Education announced the award of a $10 million Star Schools grant to help Western Governors University (WGU) launch its Teachers College, a national telecommunications network that will provide accredited, online degrees and certificates to K-12 teachers and prospective teachers (WGU GRADUATES CELEBRATE THEIR PATH http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.li.suu.edu:2048/pqdweb?index=0&did=878629651&SrchMode=1&sid=27&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1277315082&clientId=1670).
  • 2002 – Utah leads the Nation in its technology initiatives in education. Utah placed number one in education in the annual Digital State Survey sponsored by the Center For Digital Government and the Progress & Freedom Foundation for two years running (2001 and 2002). Utah also ranks 7th in the nation overall, that is up from 35th place in 1997 Survey.
  • 2003 – U.S. Texas A&M Aggies PUMA evoPOWER homme Secretary of Education Rod Paige today hailed the launch of Western Governors University’s (WGU) new online competency-based Teachers College, which offers accredited certificate, undergraduate and graduate academic degrees for current and prospective teachers. Womens Air Jordan 5 The Teachers College can be found on the Web at www.wgu.edu/tc.

Utah government is more efficient Earlier this year, USA Today recognized Utah as the best managed state in the nation. Canotte Brooklyn Nets Utah has been able to control growth in government through effective use of technology. For example, numerous state and local criminal justice agencies throughout the State now have access through the Utah Criminal Justice Information System (UCJIS) to multiple data sources via an XML interface. air jordan 4 Fjallraven Kanken Big The result is that law enforcement officers save thousands of hours and technical support requirements are also reduced. jordan super.fly 2 Nike Air Max 2016 Italia Accomplishments

  • 1993 – Utah completes the development of the first statewide fuel network in the nation which enables the sharing of resources between over 1000 state, local, and federal agencies (http://fleet.utah.gov/fuel/)
  • 1994 – FI-NET, the state’s new financial management system is launched (http://www.finetsolutions.com/).
  • 1995 – Utah consolidates and automates all of its internal and external mail operations, saving over $100,000 per month.
  • 1996 – Leavitt announces plan to establish a statewide communication between law enforcement officers through use of 800 megahertz technology and laptops in patrol cars.
  • 1997 – Governor and legislature establish the position of the state’s first Chief Information Officer.
  • 1997 – UTAX initiated to integrate and modernize tax systems.
  • 1997 – Independent state agency created to provide for governmental public safety communications services and facilities.
  • 1997 – Obtained funding to insure continued operation of critical state computer applications through the change in century (Y2K initiative)
  • 1997 – ITS reduces office space and leads the way with an aggressive telecommuting initiative that is praised by Governor Leavitt. Toronto Raptors Division of Air Quality and the Governor’s Office become “early adopters” as other agencies follow suit in the wake of I-15 highway reconstruction.
  • 1997 – Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Randall Richey identifies and subsequently aids in the capture of a California murderer and armored car robber using information he obtained on an 800-megahertz wireless laptop in his patrol car.
  • 1997 – First certificate authority in nation established in Utah. kanken baratas Women Air Jordan 14 Governor Leavitt signs proclamation using a digital certificate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_key_certificate)
  • 1997 – Utah’s Governor Michael Leavitt and State or Regional Directors of the Bureau of Land Management. U. asics gel lyte 5 mujer beige S. New Balance ct suede gum Baskets Geological Survey, Forest Service, National Park Service, U. Air Jordan 12 (XII) adidas superstar hombre S. Northern Iowa Panthers Nike Air Max 2017 Pas Cher Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. air jordan 14 hogan outlet Army Corps of Engineers, U. Maglie Miami Heat fjällräven kånken pas cher S. basket new balance lyon new balance 996 homme pas cher Bureau of Reclamation, and the Utah Association of Soil Conservation Districts signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Utah Digital Spatial Data Sharing and Integration Project. No other state is known to have an omnibus MOU concerning GIT with so many federal agencies.
  • 1999 – Y2K computer systems tested and fixed. Cheap UGG Roxy Tall UK Denver Nuggets asics kinsei classic Utah, like most major computer systems around the world survive the “millennium bug.” (REGENTS SAY Y2K A $20 M PROBLEM, BUT LEAVITT RECOMMENDS ONLY $5M http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19981217.pdf)
  • 2001 – Utah one of only two states with an “A” ranking in technology (Government Performance Partnership)
  • 2001 – Motor Vehicle portion of U-Tax modernization project completed
  • 2001 – Utah’s Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (UCJIS) completes web interfaces to give state, local and federal criminal justice agencies access to eight different government databases including drivers license, motor vehicle and offender tracking systems.
  • 2001 – In the wake of 9-11 and “hack attacks” against state websites Governor Leavitt issues executive order directing the Chief Information Officer to develop and implement policies promoting the security of State information and information systems.
  • 2002 – Utah stages perhaps the most successful Olympic Winter Games in history. nike outlet Air Max 2017 Rosa Donna
  • State, federal, and local public safety agencies work together to develop incident management and communications solutions that ensure security at the games.

  • 2003 – Governor Leavitt as chair of NGA’s homeland security leads in the creation of Interop America to direct a coordinated state response for developing interoperability in homeland security. Governor Leavitt also represents the states on the President’s Homeland Security and stresses the importance of system interoperability (http://www.interop.com/).
  • 2003 – UWIN, the Utah Wireless Integrated Network, embarks on a project to tie together all of the State’s voice and data networks (ITS, UEN, UCAN, Public Safety, DOH, and others collaborate to form a model for future development of wireless services)
  • 2003 – Utah successfully completes the implementation of a new payroll system which will include enhanced self-serve employee options
  • 2003 – Utah completes its interface on several key homeland security interoperability projects
  • 2003 – 19 Utah counties develop GIS implementation plans in cooperation with the State’s Automated Geographic Reference Center

Utah is a wired state During the late nineties and up to the current time, there has been a proliferation of broadband services throughout the State. More recently, there has been rapid growth of wireless companies and users throughout Utah. Nike Air Max Italia Private sector growth has been spurred by the growth of government and education networks that have helped push demand into rural areas of the State. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw Today, many initiatives –public and private, are moving forward that will directly benefit Utah citizens by providing extremely fast access. UTOPIA is moving forward to provide ubiquitous access in 17 Utah communities, while companies like Broadband Central have announced that wireless broadband services will be available in as much as 85% of the state by the end of this year (http://www.utopianet.org/). asics gel lyte 5 mujer Accomplishments

  • 1994 – Technology 2000 initiative allocated $28 million for a wide area network “with capacity for interactive, full-motion video, audio, graphics and data.”
  • 1994 – The Utah Health Information Network was created as a broad-based coalition of healthcare insurers, providers, and other interested parties including state government. UHIN participants work toward a common goal of reducing health care costs through standardization of administrative health data and electronic commerce (http://www.uhin.org/).
  • 1995 – Utah became the first state to pass legislation recognizing digital signatures as a legal means to authenticate electronic communications (Coalition Preparing For Digital Signatures; Coalition Preparing Way for Digital Signatures http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.li.suu.edu:2048/pqdweb?index=141&did=14145259&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1277317462&clientId=1670, ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES CAN BE COUTED, HIGH COURT RULES http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.li.suu.edu:2048/pqdweb?index=0&did=2064440381&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1277317624&clientId=1670).
  • 1996 – Second “back-up” data center set up in Richfield; high-speed “ATM backbone” established
  • 1999 – High-speed “SONET ring” linking state capitol complex with seven major state agencies goes live.
  • 2001 – 67.7% of Utah households have computers and 54.1% have computers connected to the Internet.
  • 2002 – Re-design of state WAN to provide network redundancy in the event of a need for disaster recovery using private carrier services and the state’s microwave.
  • 2002 – Agreement signed between the State Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Utah Education Network (UEN) established a team to develop ways to share existing technologies maintained by both networks.
  • 2002 – “Gigapop” established as the intermountain hub for Internet2 traffic linking Utah to national and international research institutions. Much like the Internet, this infrastructure positions Utah for the next generation of high speed networks and telecommunication services that will spur growth in high-tech research, development of new commercial ventures.

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