PTI Smart Cities & Counties Summit: A Roadmap for a Bright Sustainable Future

March 15-17, 2015 in Miami, Florida

PTI and the Center for Technology Leadership, a PTI and Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration Partnership, are presenting the Smart Cities & Counties Summit: A Roadmap for a Bright Sustainable Future.

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PTI’S Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Vision Award

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

This prestigious PTI award is presented annually to outstanding individuals from within local and state government who have demonstrated a leadership role in the proliferation of GIS tools and sharing of GIS data across boundaries. These individuals understand how to better serve and protect the public, and to enhance real-time decision-making through the use of GIS tools and data.

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Webinar: What makes Montgomery County, Maryland a Tech Savvy County?

PTI Presented this Webinar Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

Montgomery County, MD continues to be a nationally recognized leader in technology innovation, and was named a PTI Tech Savvy County for 2014. This presentation examines how the county is making smarter strategic technology choices in the midst of leaner government budgets.

Ivan Galic, Chief, Enterprise Applications & Solutions Division, Department of Technology Services, Montgomery County, MD

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Webinar: Sustainability Practices in Action: Durham, North Carolina

PTI Presented this Webinar Thursday, November 20, 2014

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

The mission of the Durham City/County Sustainability Office is to help protect and improve Durham’s environment through wise use of natural resources by providing guidance and resources to City and County employees, businesses, and citizens.

During this webinar, attendees will hear examples of Durham’s focus on collaboration, community outreach, and energy efficiency programs.

Tobin L. Freid, Sustainability Manager, Durham City and County
Ronda Mosley, Deputy Executive Director for Research and Government Services, PTI

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Upcoming Webinar: PTI 2014 Solutions Award Winner – Ponca City Community Infrastructure and Disaster

Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

The City of Ponca City, Oklahoma, a PTI 2014 Solutions Award winner, wants to ensure its employees, citizens, and businesses receive reliable telecommunications options. To meet these needs over 360 miles of fiber optic cabling and over 500 wireless radios were installed to ensure connectivity everywhere.  Using this same network, the City set up real time remote site disaster recovery for Virtual servers as well as Virtual desktops, SCADA systems for City owned utilities electric and water as well as security cameras all over town.

Attend this webinar and find out about Ponca City’s unique approach and learn how they are making all this happen.

Craig Stephenson, City Manager, Ponca City, OK
Craige L. Baird, Technology Services Director

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Webinar: Technology Forecast 2015: What State and Local Government Technology Officials Can Expect

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

For this popular annual event, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute are coming together to provide a picture of what the technology priorities, issues and trends for state and local governments will be in 2015.

State of the States 2015: Presented by Doug Robinson, NASCIO Executive Director

What’s In and What’s Out for Cities and Counties: Presented by Alan Shark, PTI Executive Director

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The role of the city CIO: a view from the US

An Article by PTI Executive Director, Alan Shark, in Cities Today Magazine

PTI Staff Contact:  Alan Shark, Executive Director, 202-626-2445.

Alan R. Shark

While CIOs are actively involved in technological issues, when it comes to the smart city movement, let me say that this is a different issue where there is far less participation and we have to answer the question: “What does ‘I’ stand for in CIO?” Traditionally the ‘I’ stands for Information, managing the information flows in a company; lately this, at least in the US, has changed into Infrastructures, concerning the Net.

In a smart city environment, the best ‘I’ term might be Innovation: what makes smart city a major opportunity is that it can be a way to do things differently, in a more synchronic way. This means that the CIO should be a senior member of the team charged with smart city activities and he/she should have an ‘enterprise approach’, bringing together all technology-related issues like GIS, broadband, data sensors, big data, smart data, etc.

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PTI 2015 Local Government CIO Summit

October 11-13, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

The PTI 2015 Local Government CIO Summit will take place October 11-13, 2015 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the fifth year, the Local Government CIO Summit is co-locating with the National Association of State CIO’s Annual Conference. In addition to a robust CIO Summit Agenda, there will be a number of joint local/state activities.

PTI will have updated information on the 2015 Local Government CIO Summit in the coming weeks.

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PTI Member Governments Provide Input for 2015

Technology Research Agenda

To ensure that programs continue to be timely, substantive and beneficial to our members, PTI conducted a survey of members in September 2014. The intent of this survey was to identify the current programs and services that members utilize on a frequent basis, and to identify research topics that members feel PTI should explore over the next two years.

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On Demand Webinar: The State of City & County IT, 2014

The definitive survey of local government IT leaders is ready!

Conducted by Deltek and the Public Technology Institute (PTI), the only technology organization created by and for cities and counties, during the summer of 2014, The State of City and County IT, 2014 report is packed with insights on the state of city and county IT.

Listen to Chris Dixon, Deltek’s Senior Manager for State & Local Industry Analysis, and Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director of PTI, as they dive into the results during this free on demand webinar, discussing what city and county government chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology (IT) directors are reporting, the issues that agencies face today and their priorities for tomorrow.

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GIS Council: Collaboration and Innovation for Your Government

Using data for advanced decision-making, enhanced citizen engagement, mobile apps to deliver services, these are just some of the myriad of initiatives that are creating a buzz within the government sector. One of the common threads that link these initiatives is the utilization of geospatial information systems (GIS).

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Did You Know? The Local Government IT Executive: 2014 National Survey Results

Keeping abreast of technology advancement ranks number one among the challenges facing today’s local government information technology executive, according to the results of a national survey conducted by the Public Technology Institute (PTI).

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Local Government Energy/Environment Technology Priorities: 2014 National Survey Results

Energy efficiency and keeping up with budget challenges and technology advancements are the top priorities for local government energy and environment officials, according to a recent survey conducted by PTI.

This survey included responses from energy, environment, public works, sustainability and facilities officials from cities and counties, large, medium and small across the U.S. representing over 60 million people.

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PTI Local Government CIO Summit

PTI went to Nashville, TN for the Local Government CIO Summit

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

Once again, PTI co-located its CIO Summit with the National Association of State CIOs Annual Conference. This is the only opportunity to network and collaborate with CIO’s from states and local governments from across the country and see the latest in local government technology advancements from the private sector.

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PTI Announces 2014 Web 2.0 Winning Jurisdictions

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

PTI proudly announces the winners of the 2014 Web 2.0 State & Local Government Awards & Recognition Program. This annual awards program identifies best practices and excellence in the field of Web 2.0 and civic/social networking and citizen engagement in local and state government.

Applications were received from cities, counties, and states from across the country. PTI’s panel of judges selected these award-winning applications based on their exceptional accomplishments in citizen engagement, innovative technology utilization, accountability, mobile application development and usage, economic development and training and education.

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State of City and County IT 2014: The IT Organization and Operations National Survey Results

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

PTI presents this executive summary that outlines the results of the State of City and County IT 2014: The IT Organization and Operations national survey.

This is the seventh year that PTI and Deltek, a PTI research partner, have conducted this survey. In July and August, 2014 local government technology executives representing cities and counties of all sizes were asked to respond to the survey. Three hundred and forty-five executives completed all, or part of the survey.

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Earn Special Recognition for your Building or Plant with EPA’s Certification Nation 2014

PTI is a partner of ENERGY STAR, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that helps us all save energy and money with tested and proven energy-efficient products and practices.

To celebrate 15 years of ENERGY STAR certification for buildings, EPA launches Certification Nation 2014, awarding special recognition for multiple-building certifications. If your buildings have an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or better, there has never been a better year to certify. Join today! EPA is offering special one-time recognition to all partners who certify 5, 15, 50, or 150 buildings this year!

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Webinar: Local Government Tools, Practices and Policies to Protect Their Cyber Environment

PTI Presented this Webinar Tuesday, October 14, 2014

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, PTI encourages all local governments to review their cyber security and critical infrastructure protection strategies/plans.

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New Book Helps Local Governments be Smarter!

Alexandria, VA, April 22, 2014—According to the United Nations, by the year 2100 more than 80% of the world’s population will be living in cities. To help local officials plan for what the future will bring when it comes to improving the quality of life of residents, PTI and Items International have published Smarter Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective.

This book also examines making government services more effective and efficient, making public transportation faster and safer, improving public safety, and improving public infrastructure to attract businesses and residents.

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2013-2014 Technology Solutions Awards Winners Announced

Solutions Awards

An independent panel of judges has identified the recipients of PTI’s 2013–2014 Technology Solutions Awards. This year the competition featured a wide array of interesting and innovative entries and PTI salutes and applauds all the participants and their entries!

The list below highlights the winners and other recipients of recognition. Thank you to all local governments who participated in this awards program!

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PTI Quick Poll Results: 2014 Local Government Enterprise-Wide Cyber Security Survey

Cyber-Security ranked as the number one technology priority among local government officials in three recent, national surveys conducted by PTI. This focus on cyber security coupled with several recent and serious security and data breaches led PTI to conduct a quick poll of city and county information technology officials. This quick poll examined the current state of enterprise-wide cyber security programming.

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PTI’s Local Government Tech Savvy Designation Award Program recognizes PTI member local governments that meet a list of criterions where technology is used to address issues, current challenges and future opportunities across the enterprise.

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Call for Authors!

CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties – Emerging Trends and Practices (Revised, Second Edition)

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) is revising its highly successful book, CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices. This book was first published in 2009 and is used as a textbook at five colleges and universities.

While a number of books have been published that target the CIO and technology in general, this was the first book developed exclusively to meet the needs and interests of local government officials. The book is written by leading experts and practitioners from the government and private sectors.

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PTI Executive Director Alan Shark Testifies Before Congress

Leveraging Technology to Prevent Fraud in the Social Security Administration Focus of Testimony before Congressional Committee

Alexandria, VA, February 26, 2014—Speaking before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security, Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director of the Public Technology Institute laid-out a six-step process that can assist the Social Security Administration in preventing and detecting conspiracy fraud in the disability insurance program.

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Upcoming Webinars from EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program for Commercial Buildings

Register to learn about a wide range of topics including financing, green building rating systems, energy competitions, benchmarking water use, and using the new Portfolio Manager tool. See the full list of upcoming trainings and register for the below webinars at

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