The Vermont Chamber of Commerce was joined by four of its manufacturing members in an economic summit with China’s Consulate General on November 23. Meeting at the Vermont Chamber office in Berlin, Consulate General delegates and Vermont Chamber members talked about their current operations in China and expanding business opportunities there. ‘These are Vermont companies with Vermont values that are growing their businesses by building a stronger partnership with China,’ said Chamber President Betsy Bishop. ‘The Vermont Chamber set up this meeting with the Consulate General so these companies can be connected to the economic and government leadership of China.’ Among the Chinese delegates attending was Counsel General Sun Guoxiang, a veteran diplomat and official representative of the Chinese government tasked with facilitating trade between the United States and China. Often referred to as Ambassador Sun, he has held similar posts in Turkey, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Sun holds ‘plenipotentiary’ rights, meaning he has been designated full authority to speak on behalf of President Hu Jintao. Participating in the meeting were Biotek Instruments of Winooski; North Hartland Tool of North Hartland; Country Home Products of Vergennes and SB Electronics of Barre. With a combined 600-plus jobs in Vermont and more in China, these four businesses are shining examples of Vermont’s economic potential, Bishop said. ‘The Vermont brand is known worldwide when it comes to foods and crafts, but it is equally impressive when it comes to manufacturing,’ Bishop added. ‘The Vermont Chamber uses its connections to help Vermont companies build partnerships and promote their products and services wherever they do business.’ The Vermont Chamber has maintained business relationships in China for over 15 years and has an office in Shanghai with staff to help Vermont businesses navigate the China market. With the recently awarded State Trade Export and Promotion grant from the Small Business Association, the Vermont Chamber will expand this effort to help small businesses reach global markets. Manufacturers’ Information· BioTek Instruments makes microplate-based instrumentation for the health care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and research industries. Employing 258 employees in Vermont, BioTek has 11 employees in its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. They also have staff in India, Singapore, and Korea; now employing an additional 21 people across the Asia Pacific region. Contact: Adam Alpert, Vice President, firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)· Country Home Products manufactures lawn and garden equipment under the DR® and Neuton® brands. Employs over 200 in Vermont and operates a joint-venture based in Shanghai, China that employs four people. Contact: Joe Perrotto, CEO, Jperrotto@DRpower.com(link sends e-mail)· North Hartland Tool produces tooling, fixturing and gauging for the aviation, automotive and power generation industries, and also microdrills holes to diameters of .0016’. They employ 61 people in West Barnet and North Hartland and 27 in other states. In 2009, the company began manufacturing in Nanchang, China and has 11 employees there, which has enabled them to grow their business in Vermont. Contact: John Mullen, President, email@example.com(link sends e-mail)· SB Electronics develops and manufactures film capacitor products for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, military/aerospace, medical equipment and power supplies/laser uses. The company employees 74 people in Vermont and two employees in their Xiamen, China office. Contact: Ed Sawyer, President and CEO, Edward@sbelectronics.com(link sends e-mail) About the Vermont Chamber of CommerceThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, nonprofit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life. Learn more at www.VTchamber.com(link is external).
GO-TIME: PA Earns National Technology Honors for Cloud Security from State CIOs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter GO-TIME, Government That Works, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that the state Office of Administration (OA) has won a State IT Recognition Award for cloud cybersecurity from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).“People expect us to keep their data safe when they go online to renew their vehicle registrations, file their taxes, register to vote and for countless other services,” said Governor Wolf. “In this digital age, the challenges are greater, the stakes are higher and our responsibility is greater than ever. We can use technology to make government more efficient and reduce costs, but we must always do it with cybersecurity at the forefront.”The NASCIO awards showcase the use of information technology to address critical business problems, connect citizens to their government, improve processes and create new opportunities that enhance the lives of citizens.The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Environmental Protection were also recognized as runners-up in separate categories. The three GO-TIME projects were among 11 winners selected from over 100 nominations submitted by states.“This is arguably one of the most rigorous and competitive awards programs for state public sector technology and Pennsylvania is consistently at or near the top of the rankings,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “We are honored to be recognized this year by NASCIO for making the commonwealth’s data and systems more secure.”Watch video about PA’s award-winning project.Cybersecurity Category: Risk-Based Multi-Factor Authentication Office of AdministrationState agencies are pursuing cloud and mobile technologies to reduce costs, work more efficiently and improve service. However, having data outside the commonwealth network, being accessed from devices and locations outside the office, increases the risk of unauthorized access through stolen user credentials or devices.The Office of Administration implemented risk-based multi-factor authentication (RBMFA) to provide added security for commonwealth IT systems and cloud-based services. When a commonwealth employee or contractor attempts to log in, the system looks at the type of data or system to be accessed, the location of the user, whether the device is registered with the commonwealth and the number of previous log in attempts over a period of time. Based on these factors, users may be asked to enter a PIN number or respond to questions they created in advance.RBMFA is currently in use for cloud storage and email, and will be expanded to other services in the future. Agencies will also be able to leverage RBFMA for online services to the public.The Pennsylvania runners up are:Government to Citizen Category: myCOMPASS PA Mobile App Department of Human ServicesThe myCOMPASS PA mobile app provides citizens who have applied for or receive assistance benefits with convenient and secure access to information and services. Users can view details on their benefits, view the status of their applications, update contact information and upload photos of documents directly to their case files.The app has improved customer service and reduced processing times for the department. Benefits include a reduced need for users to utilize a call center or travel to a county assistance office and reduced print and mail costs. Once fully implemented, the myCOMPASS PA app is estimated to save an average of $3.2 million per year.The app can be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play app stores for use on iPhones and Android smartphones. Since its launch, 102,432 users have downloaded the app, which has 587,949 benefit status views and 94,330 uploaded documents, and the app has received a 4.3-star rating on Apple. For an informational video on the myCOMPASS app, please click here. For more information on myCOMPASS PA, click here.Government to Business Category: Mobile App for Oil and Gas Site Inspections Department of Environmental ProtectionThe department developed an iPad app that enables staff to conduct electronic inspections of surface activities at oil and gas sites. Previously, staff completed paper forms and then entered information into a database.Surface inspections include erosion and sedimentation, waterways encroachment, waste management, and spill cleanup.The app makes the inspection process more accurate and efficient, thanks to improved data quality, easier photo documentation, elimination of duplicate entry, electronic supervisor approval, and other features. In addition, the number of oil and gas field inspections that DEP staff can perform yearly is increasing.Electronic inspections also mean citizens can see surface inspection results sooner, since results enter the database and are posted on the O&G Oil and Gas mapping web site within days, rather than weeks.DEP is developing a similar app for its 32 oil and gas sub-surface activities inspectors. The app will be configured for other DEP programs as well, with the goal of equipping 350 inspectors by 2020, allowing the department to realize an estimated $3.6 million in productivity savings once implemented.All three projects were undertaken in support of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME), which works with state entities to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.To learn more about the NASCIO awards and view all of the finalists, visit www.nascio.org. October 03, 2017