TAG Capitol Update: November 2017

 

November 2017

       

 TAG CAPITOL UPDATE          Technology: Where Georgia Leads


November 7th Election Results

The results from the Atlanta November 7th, 2017 election have been announced. The mayoral election has resulted in a runoff between Keisha Lance Bottoms with 26% of the vote and Mary Norwood with 21% of the vote with 96,777 recorded votes. Runoffs have also been called for city council president, council post 2 at large, city council districts 2, 6, 8, and 9. The Runoff election will take place Tuesday, December 5th, 2017. 

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Inaugural ‘Georgia Blacks in Tech Policy Conference’ kicks off at Atlanta City Hall

A groundbreaking symposium to promote local government policies to advance blacks in technology takes place next week at Atlanta City Hall. The Georgia Blacks in Tech Policy Conference on November 8th will present policy and initiative recommendations on how the Georgia legislature can support, cultivate, and develop a more inclusive tech ecosystem. Proposals range from educational training to building an entrepreneurial pipeline for underrepresented communities.

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Deal: Site Selection ranks Georgia No. 1 for business for fifth straight year 

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fifth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade magazine. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for five consecutive years under the same governor.


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Deal: Amazon to create more than 500 jobs in Macon 

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Amazon.com, Inc. will create more than 500 full-time jobs at a new fulfillment center in Macon-Bibb County. This will be Amazon’s fourth fulfillment center in the state. “Amazon’s continued investment in our state speaks to our dedication to improve, expand and modernize Georgia’s logistics and distribution network,” said Deal.

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Georgia State Gets $300,000 Grant to Boost Technology Education  

Georgia State University has received a $300,000 Digital Economy Initiative grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in collaboration with Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility to encourage students, particularly students from backgrounds underrepresented in the technology industry, to pursue technology studies. Georgia State is one of the first grant recipients of Cisco’s Digital Economy Initiative. The three-year grant will fund a program to encourage students to use digitization and the “Internet of things” to create solutions for the challenges facing urban communities.


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Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace    

In order to cultivate and sustain American ingenuity in aviation within the United States, President Trump signed October 25, 2017 a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish a UAS Integration Pilot Program, taking a critical first step towards opening up the skies for commonsense, safe commercial drone activity. 

 
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Committee Announces Hearing to Examine Benefits of the Internet of Things

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Advancing the Internet of Things in Rural America,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The hearing will examine the use and benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) in rural communities, and the infrastructure needs necessary to advance the IoT market to ensure rural America has access to products and devices that are driving the digital economy.

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Smart Cities and Communities Act

The Smart Cities and Communities Act of 2017 was introduced to the House and Senate on October 2, 2017. The purpose of this Act is to promote smart technologies and systems to improve community livability, services, communication, safety, mobility, energy productivity, and resilience to natural and manmade disasters, to reduce costs, traffic congestion, and air pollution, and to promote economic growth and opportunities for communities of all sizes. 

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Smart Technology for Resilient, Efficient, Economic and Reliable Transportation in Cities and Communities Act

The Smart Technology for Resilient, Efficient, Economic, and Reliable Transportation in Cities and Communities Act "STREET Act" was introduced to the House on October 26, 2017. The purpose of this Act is to promote smart technologies and systems to reduce transportation costs, traffic congestion, air pollution, energy use, and carbon emissions for communities of all sizes by creating a smart city and community transportation resource guide in order to increase equity, promoting the quality and performance of smart city or community transportation technologies, and providing assistance to local governments interested in implementing smart city or community transportation technologies. 
 

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In This Issue

State:

November 7th Election Results

 

Inaugural ‘Georgia Blacks in Tech Policy Conference’ kicks off at Atlanta City Hall 

Deal: Site Selection ranks Georgia No. 1 for business for fifth straight year


Deal: Amazon to create more than 500 jobs in Macon

 

Georgia State Gets $300,000 Grant to Boost Technology Education

 


Federal:
 

Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace

 

Committee Announces Hearing to Examine Benefits of the Internet of Things

 

Smart Cities and Communities Act

 

Smart Technology for Resilient, Efficient, Economic and Reliable Transportation in Cities and Communities Act

 

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