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The State of Illinois is joining the IoT Talent Consortium initiative to accelerate development of IoT-ready workforce. Research giant IDC published a February 2016 white paper on Introducing the Smart State: Illinois Leads the Way (see page 11) and detailed the State's tight alignment with the Consortium’s mission and strategy.
"Along with entrepreneurship and innovation, cultivating IoT talent is key to taking a leadership position in this new industry. A talent management initiative with a triumvirate of partners the state of Illinois, the private sector, and the Illinois education system (universities and community colleges) has begun to design 21st century curriculums around IoT and big data analytics. The state of Illinois is a board member of the IoT Talent Consortium (http://www.iottalent.org), which aims to shape the educational and recruitment solutions that accelerate IoT workforce preparation in pursuit of three primary organizational objectives: