Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a wide-ranging election bills package aimed at improving election efficiency, increasing voter registration opportunities, and protecting equal access to the ballot box.

To help ensure the safety of government officials and employees, Michigan will deploy proactive AI gun detection technology at the state capitol building in Lansing. According to ZeroEyes, the creators of the AI gun detection video analytics platform, Michigan is the first state in the nation to deploy the technology at its capitol.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) has launched a new online auction website for surplus sales, Michigan.gov/MiBid.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $2 million grant to “support the growth and development of high-tech talent in Michigan.” The grant will fund projects to grow Michigan’s high-tech workforce and build talent pipelines for Michigan’s automotive, mobility, and technology sectors.

While state and local government agencies were working to deploy digital services and improve the delivery of constituent services before the pandemic, the urgency accelerated by ten-fold over the past two years as citizens in every state and jurisdiction needed government services delivered quickly and remotely. They needed and expected a holistic, digital experience with the same easy access, responsiveness, and transparency that they have in other aspects of their lives.

Michigan and Ontario, Canada, announced the expansion of their longstanding collaboration on transportation and cross-border activities to advance automotive and mobility technologies and help people and goods move safely and efficiently across the border by land, air, and water.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she is dedicating $65 million in Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to Michigan K-12 school districts and higher education institutions to fund, among other matters, the technology needed to engage in remote or hybrid learning.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced Monday that the state will open two new cyber hubs at Northern Michigan University and University of Michigan-Flint. The cyber hubs are an extension of the Michigan Cyber Range, which the state described as “the nation’s largest unclassified cyber range.” The new locations will serve as a hub for security training and workforce development, and hosting events, exercises, and training classes.

On Monday Cisco announced that Michigan is the first state to join Cisco’s State Digital Acceleration (SDA) program, a 3-year targeted collaboration program to advance the state’s digital agenda. Cisco announced the SDA initiative in Detroit at the 2017 North American International Cyber Summit hosted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

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