By PBN Staff
PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is one of 2017’s Top Women in Technology, according to Scoop News Group, a national tech media company.
The list recognizes “the elite cadre of women transforming technology and making significant contributions to their organizations and our community,” Scoop said this week.
Scoop, which released the list during Women’s History Month, said its editorial staff interviewed women leaders across the cybersecurity, federal, state and city technology communities, considering each candidate's spirit of innovation, leadership, professional achievements as well as their influence in the technology industry.
Raimondo, who was elected in 2014 and is the first female governor in Rhode Island, helped bring a GE Digital information technology center to Rhode Island. The company, part of General Electric Co., has hired 25 employees at its new Providence office so far. GE Digital last year said it had plans to employ as many as 100 people in the city.
Raimondo asked GE, which had considered Providence as a possible location for its new headquarters before settling on Boston, if Rhode Island’s capital would receive spillover jobs. Those discussions led to GE Digital selecting Providence for an IT center.
And, in another coup for Raimondo, Johnson & Johnson has said it plans to open a health technology center in the city this spring and hire 75 people.
Scoop says this about Raimondo: “Since taking office in 2015, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has led her state toward an increased emphasis on technology that is manifesting across a host of projects and new focus areas.
“A 2016 RFI seeking ideas on how to use 5G wireless technology positions the state as a national leader on an emerging technology, while also cultivating new opportunities for vendor relationships and setting the groundwork for new businesses to make Rhode Island their home … Under Raimondo's leadership, the state of Rhode Island is transforming into a national force in state technology,” it reads.