Technology is defining the future – and offering promising economic benefits for states investing in a tech-ready workforce. MISO South Region Vice President Todd Hillman will have the opportunity to help Arkansas prepare for future jobs and economic growth in the growing technology sector.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson in March appointed Hillman and 18 other thought-leaders to a blue-ribbon commission convened to study how the state can expand its computer science and data economy.
In announcing the group’s formation, the state’s economic development office said, “the commission will produce a report, due in Fall 2017, that addresses three issues: business challenges in computing and data analytics, potential application niche areas for Arkansas to build excellence/depth in computing and data analytics and skill needs and challenges of Arkansas’ talent pipeline.”
“I’m honored to have been selected by Governor Hutchinson to join a talented and diverse group of men and women committed to unlocking the potential of technology for our future,” Hillman stated. “As a MISO employee, I can see the amazing power of technology – computers and data – every day. It’s vitally important that we engage our education systems and businesses in understanding this potential and helping secure the workforce for success in the growing tech economy.”
Gov. Hutchinson has directed the group to work with the state’s higher education institutions and workforce development agencies to address specific needs. “This esteemed group of Arkansans, through their expertise and guidance, will allow the state to address the opportunities and obstacles we must address to create an environment in which our technology sector can thrive,” Gov. Hutchinson said.