Georgia Governor Brian Kemp selected Shawnzia Thomas as the executive director of Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) and state CIO. The GTA Board of Directors recently affirmed Thomas’ selection.

State and local governments are on the front lines of delivering economic recovery from the pandemic. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley emphasized the role technology will play in helping cities and states come back from the pandemic recession faster, stronger, and more equitably during a live webinar on June 15.






While nearly all state and local government (SLG) CIOs and IT managers recognize that cloud services will have a big impact on their ability to improve citizen services and provide public safety services over the next five years, many of them are still moving cautiously on cloud service implementations.






AI Artificial Intelligence

In a report released yesterday, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) weighed in on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for state CIOs.






Eric Larson was recently selected to serve as Florida’s chief information officer after incumbent Jason Allison unexpectedly announced his resignation effective March 7. 21st Century State & Local conducted a Q&A with Larson, who served as the state’s chief operations officer and chief technology officer before his unexpected ascension to CIO.






Hawaii last week announced its first annual “Code Challenge” (HACC)–a monthlong competition that seeks to involve the local tech community in the state’s modernization efforts.  HACC harnesses the concept of a “hackathon” yet strays from the typical 24- to 48-hour format, running Aug. 27 to Sept. 24. The challenge is a product of collaboration among Hawaii […]

The “Smart Cities” movement continues to gain traction, but what role is the Internet of Things (IoT) playing at the state level? A new report released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) reveals states are unprepared for the IoT movement: Only one out of five state CIOs say their state has […]

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