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Goldsby Selected to Chair Key Committee

February 2010

by David Zaslawsky

Integrated Computer Solutions Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Goldsby will chair the Information Technology and Informatics committee.

That committee is responsible for creating the strategic direction for Science and Technology Roadmap for Alabama (STRA).

The STRA goal is to increase technological innovation so Alabama will remain competitive with other states and regions and to create jobs.

“It’s exciting to be part of the team forging Alabama’s strategic direction for informatics,”

Goldsby said in a statement. “Information Technology is a force multiplier for all science and technology disciplines by creating a clear vision for IT in Alabama. Industry, academia and government will be better able to capitalize on our assets and create and draw jobs to our state.”

The success of the initiative will impact many industries, including health care and energy, as well as increase the role Alabama plays in aerospace and defense, modeling and simulation in the automotive industry and nanotechnology. The next phase of the project is to create specific steps to grow those areas.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley has been a strong supporter of STRA and acknowledges its importance to future economic development in the state.

“Alabama has many world-class science and technology assets that we want to nurture and grow,” Riley told the 160 participants at the Alabama Science and Technology Leadership Summit. “Working together, we can capitalize on these assets to create and retain the high-skilled jobs that are vital to Alabama’s economic future. Our state is in a great position to take advantage of emerging opportunities in these fields.”