Gov. Ige and Local Business Leaders Share Vision for Hawai‘i’s Digital Economy

Jun 25, 2021 | Maui Now

By Maui Now

As Hawai‘i continues its economic recovery coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders from the public and private sector are suggesting building a more robust digital economy as a key component of business within the state.

That was the message Governor David Ige and top business leaders shared at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox for the event, “Invest in Hawai‘i’s Digital Economy,” a catalyst for technological progress, Wednesday.

In his remarks, Gov. Ige elaborated on the vision he shared in his State of the State Address in January, which centered around a digital economy to make Hawai‘i a more resilient and sustainable state.

“We’ve all seen what COVID-19 has done to our state, our country and the world. It has super accelerated the advancement to the digital economy because every single organization on the planet had to embrace it or perish,” Gov. Ige said.

A big part of the mission is “building education and up-skilling technology to help those who don’t have the skills because they will need them in the Hawai‘i of the future,” according to Gov. Ige.

The event was sponsored by the TRUE Initiative, a committee of 25 organizations that aims to create tech-enabled jobs by accelerating the adoption of technology.

Paul Yonamine, the chair of the TRUE Initiative and executive chairman of Central Pacific Bank, encouraged local businesses and organizations to participate in the webinars and events offered by TRUE. “We need to come together and share information, and make sure that the knowledge stays in Hawai‘i,” said Yonamine.

Gov. Ige thanked TRUE, Transform Hawai‘i Government and the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation for collaborating to enable Hawai‘i’s digital shift.

He also highlighted some successes of state departments using technology to make government more efficient, such as service and user experience enhancements at the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and State Travels Program, the Financial Modernization System and HTDC’s eCommerce and digital marketing programs to support local manufacturers.

“The State of Hawai‘i is all in,” said Gov. Ige in his closing remarks.

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