As a follow up to my meeting with the State CIO, I was introduced to the Minnesota State CTO, Ed Valencia, to present an overview of the North Star Iniative for building Innovation Centers in Minnesota. This meeting was exceptional in the level of advice and coaching towards working with State Government and key contacts to engage with. Alignment over data created synergy for future pilot projects around public data. Looking at next steps. I will be meeting with MN DEED and Greater MSP in the coming months to share details of the initiative and see what level of interest exists for collaboration.