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Blockchain Interested Parties Meeting to Take Place

The topic of blockchain technology, an online ledger system that may be used to distribute and better protect data going forward, was center-stage in Northeast Ohio last week at the BlockLand Solutions Conference in Cleveland.

On December 11, discussions will take place in Columbus at JobsOhio headquarters, to better understand and educate key stakeholders on how blockchain’s application could be utilized to improve government security and processes.

The State of Ohio passed blockchain legislation that was supported by the Greater Cleveland Partnership earlier this year.  The initiative allowed our state to become one of only several states to have done so in the United States.  Now, state government is interested in better understanding the potential for blockchain value creation in Ohio and is seeking to engage with interested parties.

The Department of Administrative Services Office of Information Technology, in partnership with JobsOhio, is organizing the workshop on December 11 to review the following:

  • The general state of blockchain technology and comparison of competing protocols. 
  • How can government further foster an environment to allow private sector growth of blockchain-based technologies. 
  • Blockchain value creation for government service delivery, priority use cases, and their estimated value impact for Ohio. In particular, guidance is sought on but is not limited to the following use cases:

- Death/birth records; identity; Food safety; 

- Remittance authorization, transmission and verification; 

- Delivery of utilities (e.g., energy); 

- Occupational & business licenses; 

- Autonomous vehicle communication. 

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RITE HR Roundtable

RITE is hosting its quarterly HR IT Roundtable on Dec. 13, 2018 from 8:00 - 10:00am at MCPc, 6001 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. You can learn more here regarding how to engage.

RITE is also seeking hosts for high school student visits in late February to mid-March. You can learn more here on how to participate.  

RITE’s goal is to offer at least 25 unique visits to IT employers and welcomes companies of all sizes from all sectors with a story to tell about the benefits of working in IT in Northeast Ohio.

2019 Ohio Trade Missions

The Ohio Development Services Agency promotes export-focused trade missions for the purpose of growing Ohio exports and creating jobs.  Participating in a trade mission provides companies with an opportunity to travel overseas to meet with prospective international business partners face-to-face, greatly enhancing the potential for business success. 

Trade mission services typically include: business matchmaking, customized market research, in-country business briefings, networking opportunities, in-country support and follow-up assistance. The 2019 trade missions are scheduled for South America, Asia, Europe and India.

Learn more.