Mayor-Elect Placing Emphasis On High-Tech

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Mayor-elect Jane Campbell (pictured, right) said she will appoint a technology czar to ensure that her administration is open to high-tech economic development.

Campbell announced the new post Tuesday at the opening of a two-day technology conference at the International Exposition Center. She said she will form a team that includes technology experts to suggest candidates for the job.

"Technology is on my agenda," the Democrat said in her first public remarks since the Nov. 7 election, when she defeated Raymond Pierce, also a Democrat, for mayor. She spoke with more than 100 business leaders at the Cleveland Information Technology Exposition & Conference.

Campbell, now a Cuyahoga County commissioner, did not provide any specifics about the new post, whether it will be a Cabinet position or where the money for the position will come from, Campbell spokesman Rodney Jenkins said after the session.

"She doesn't have specifics," he said. "She wants to work out the details with the transition team."

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