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Suthers' support for technology gets statewide notice

November 11, 2016 Updated: November 12, 2016 at 7:15 am
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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers was recognized Wednesday as the Colorado Technology Association's technology "Advocate of the Year," (Gazette file photo by Christian Murdock)

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers was tickled to receive a technology award this week, saying his daughters make fun of his lack of technological know-how.

But while he may not be expert in high-tech undertakings, Suthers was recognized Wednesday as the Colorado Technology Association's technology "Advocate of the Year," for making a real, measurable impact on the advancement of the state's technology industry.

Suthers helped woo the National Cybersecurity Center to Colorado Springs and now is vice chairman of its board.

The center is home to a rapid response center to provide recovery from cyber attacks; a center to research cybersecurity threats and develop a workforce through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and other schools; and the Cyber Institute, which is conducting a conference Sunday through Tuesday at The Broadmoor.

Governors and attorneys general from every state are expected to attend the conference to learn about cyber trends, security, best practices and education resources to protect government computer networks and public assets.

Suthers also supported creation of the Catalyst Campus for Innovation and Technology downtown, now home to startups working on cybersecurity, space, defense and manufacturing technologies.

The CTA's 16th annual APEX awards were presented at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver on Wednesday night.

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