WASHINGTON — The National Governors Association (NGA) honored IBM Corporation with its annual Public-Private Partnership Award today during the opening session of the 2012 NGA Winter Meeting. The award, in its sixth year, recognizes NGA Corporate Fellow companies that have partnered with a governor’s office to implement a program or project that positively affects the state’s citizens.
IBM was nominated by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley for its work with Maryland’s STEM Innovation Network, a public-private collaboration led by the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT), which promotes innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. IBM’s multi-year support made it possible to build an online platform for the STEM Innovation Network that meets the needs of STEM employers, educators, practitioners and students.
“In order to compete and win jobs in the global economy, our students need the science, technology, engineering and math education that will drive future innovation,” said Gov. O’Malley. “IBM’s gracious contribution to the development of our STEM Innovation Network not only provides a pioneering platform to help educators strengthen their teaching, but affirms the company’s commitment and belief in our nation’s future workforce.”
“IBM is honored to be recognized by NGA and Gov. O’Malley for our work on building an online platform for Maryland’s STEM Innovation Network,” said James Sellinger, IBM Senior State Executive, Maryland.
“STEMnet helps connect educators with workplace resources to inspire young students to become career ready in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.”
The NGA Corporate Fellows Program, now in its 24th year, promotes the exchange of information between the private sector and governors on emerging trends and factors affecting both business and state government.
For more information about the NGA Corporate Fellows Program, visit www.nga.org/cf.
For more information about STEMnet, visit www.theSTEMnet.com .
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s, most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.