Governor Elect Walz names some tech-savvy Commissioners: Steve Kelley & Steve Grove

According to the La Crosse Tribune

The Democratic governor-elect tapped former state senator Steve Kelley as his commerce commissioner. He picked Steve Grove, founding director of the Google News Lab, to head the Department of Employment and Economic Development. He named former Obama administration official Nancy Leppink to lead the Department of Labor and Industry. Army and Minnesota National Guard veteran Larry Herke will lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Walz, who takes office Monday, still needs a new commissioner of information technology.

Steve Kelley is a long term broadband advocate. He has been on the Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board for many years. When asked a year ago what was the most pressing need of rural areas, broadband came up on Steve’s shortlist…

Elections in many countries have revealed that rural residents are afraid for their futures and feel they are not in control of their destinies. Even closer to home, rural communities want to see themselves as part of a dynamic, prosperous future, rather than fear gradually waning as young people move to the cities. Rural residents want to be doing the cool things happening in cities; maybe their kids will come back after college. High-speed telecommunications is essential to an innovative future with economic and creative opportunities; it is tough to do cool stuff without it!

And while I don’t know Steve Grove in the same way, it seems that anyone related to Google News Lab should appreciate the need for ubiquitous broadband.

This entry was posted in MN, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

2 thoughts on “Governor Elect Walz names some tech-savvy Commissioners: Steve Kelley & Steve Grove

  1. I lived in St Louis Park several years ago, and Steve Kelley was my rep. He was also a fantastic library supporter!

    Carol

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s