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DeJongh Creates Science and Technology Council

Gov. John deJongh Jr. recently signed an executive order creating a council that will guide development of science, technology and innovation programs in the Virgin Islands, according to Government House.

The V.I. Science and Technology Council, which will operate within the Office of the Governor, will primarily be responsible for developing a Science and Technology Plan for the territory.

The order stipulates the council “will be a vital authority providing advice to the Governor on the issues of promoting, developing, coordinating, monitoring programs and activities in the USVI having to do with science, technology, engineering and innovation," according to a Government House statement.

The council will be comprised of representatives from the following agencies: Office of the Governor, Bureau of Information Technology, V.I. Next Generation Network, University of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Legislature, Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, Virgin Islands Department of Education, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Economic Development Authority and the Research and Development Park. From time to time, the governor will appoint other members in addition to the representatives from government.

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“To fulfill its mission of acting as a catalyst for leveraging resources in the U.S.V.I. in the areas of science, technology, engineering and innovation for economic development, the Council will work to foster new initiatives in those fields and also facilitate the territory’s development of a high-tech workforce,” deJongh wrote in the executive order.

The council will submit its quarterly reports to de Jongh and to the University of the Virgin Islands.

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Gov. John deJongh Jr. recently signed an executive order creating a council that will guide development of science, technology and innovation programs in the Virgin Islands, according to Government House.

The V.I. Science and Technology Council, which will operate within the Office of the Governor, will primarily be responsible for developing a Science and Technology Plan for the territory.

The order stipulates the council “will be a vital authority providing advice to the Governor on the issues of promoting, developing, coordinating, monitoring programs and activities in the USVI having to do with science, technology, engineering and innovation," according to a Government House statement.

The council will be comprised of representatives from the following agencies: Office of the Governor, Bureau of Information Technology, V.I. Next Generation Network, University of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Legislature, Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, Virgin Islands Department of Education, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Economic Development Authority and the Research and Development Park. From time to time, the governor will appoint other members in addition to the representatives from government.

“To fulfill its mission of acting as a catalyst for leveraging resources in the U.S.V.I. in the areas of science, technology, engineering and innovation for economic development, the Council will work to foster new initiatives in those fields and also facilitate the territory's development of a high-tech workforce,” deJongh wrote in the executive order.

The council will submit its quarterly reports to de Jongh and to the University of the Virgin Islands.