MN Aspirations in Computing Empowers Girls in Tech

by Valerie Lockhart

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MNAiC empowers girls in techEmpowerment is often defined as, “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.” For young girls in our culture, it is sometimes difficult to find the empowerment to embrace their more technical side. But it is getting easier, and this is in big part to the work done by Minnesota Aspirations in Computing (MNAiC).

Organized in 2013, and run through the MN State IT Center of Excellence, MNAiC and its adjacent programs have empowered hundreds of young ladies to embrace their love of tech and pursue schooling and employment in our state’s growing tech industry. They do this through the teaching of in-demand tech skills, providing mentorship and peer support, and connecting students to internship and job-shadow opportunities.
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U.S. Department of Defense Makes Major Investment in Minnesota-Based Technology Foundry, SkyWater

by The TECHdotMN Team

SkyWaterBack in 2017, SkyWater was a startup making a play at sparking a resurgence of chip manufacturing in the U.S. The Bloomington-based company announced that the U.S. Department of Defense will invest up to $170 million in a multi-phase project to enhance the firm’s microelectronics capabilities. 

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Minnesota’s New CIO Outlines His Priorities

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Via StateTech

On April 29, former St. Paul Chief Innovation Officer Tarek Tomes stepped into his new role as commissioner of Minnesota IT Services and state CIO, replacing Johanna Clyborne, who left the position in January.

After spending the bulk of his career in the private sector, Tomes transitioned to government in 2008, initially as assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology, which has since been reconfigured as Minnesota IT Services.”

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MNLARS Soon To Be Replaced By VTRS

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Via MPR News

“It’s goodbye MNLARS and hello VTRS. Pronounced VIT-russ, it stands for Vehicle Title and Registration System. No matter what you call it, it’s been expensive. Taxpayers have spent more than $100 million over the past decade on MNLARS, which ran into problems as soon as it was launched two years ago. And the transportation budget bill that lawmakers passed in last month’s special session spends another $53 million and raises fees to make MNLARS go away and replace it with an off-the-shelf software package.”

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FCC Rejects Investigation Of Frontier’s Business Practices in Minnesota

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Via Ars

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rejected a request to have the FCC investigate Frontier Communications’ business practices in Minnesota, despite evidence that the company has failed to properly maintain its telecom network.

An investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Department already found that Frontier’s network has “frequent and lengthy” phone and Internet outages, that Frontier has failed to provide refunds or bill credits to customers even when outages lasted for months, that Frontier is guilty of frequent billing errors that caused customers to pay for services they didn’t order, and that it has failed to promptly provide telephone service to all customers who request it. When we wrote about the investigation in January, Frontier said it “strongly disagrees” with the findings but did not dispute any of the specific allegations.”

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Minnesota Considers Scrapping $100M MNLARS System

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Via MPR News

“Gov. Tim Walz Wednesday embraced a new report that recommends pulling the plug on the troubled Minnesota Licensing and Registration System. A blue-ribbon panel formed by the governor said that the system known as MNLARS should be switched over to a private vendor and off-the-shelf software at a cost of at least $20 million.”

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What Exactly Did Minnesota Bid for Amazon’s HQ2? We May Soon Know

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Minnesota’s bid to lure Amazon’s HQ2 project died in January when the state failed to make the e-commerce giant’s short list of 20 cities. But the battle to find out what was in the state’s bid package drags on. The specifics about Minnesota’s proposal have never been revealed.”

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