From Michigan unveils strategy to garner stimulus IT funds

Faced with high unemployment, a $2.8 billion budget deficit and the struggling automotive industry, Michigan officials hope the federal government’s information technology investments provide the state with a long-term windfall.

The Recovery Act included more than $25 billion in grants aimed at improving the nation's technology infrastructure and expanding adoption of electronic health records. The unprecedented amount of federal funding for health IT and broadband initiatives has provided some economic hope to states like Michigan, which boasts the highest unemployment rate in the country.

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