We’ve reported before on how digital-savvy Howard County and its government officials are. County Executive Ken Ulman and other county officials just got back from meetings at Google, Inc., to see how Silicon Valley’s “climate of success” can be duplicated here.
“We are in a premier location between New York and Washington, D.C., we have a highly educated work force, and with our Inter-County Broadband Network fully under way, we are poised for the next big step,” Ulman said in a statement.
Accompanying Ulman were 36 regional leaders in business, technology development, education and government.
On Tuesday, Ulman signed a memorandum of understanding with Cisco Systems, Inc., to encourage partnerships between county government and the network services company, his office announced.
The broadband network Ulman referred to kicked off in June and it means 1,300 miles of cable will be installed across every county in Maryland.
This part of Maryland is also known for innovation in cybersecurity. Earlier this week, Gov. Martin O'Malley attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Elkridge to celebrate the expansion of CyberCore Technologies.
Howard County was named this year the ninth “most digital county” in the nation by the Center for Digital Government, a research institute near Sacramento, CA.
And there’s even a Howard County Cyber Commission.