The Annual PTI Tech Savvy Designation Award Program is Now Accepting Applications

The annual PTI Tech Savvy Designation Award Program recognizes PTI member local governments and state agencies that meet a list of criterions where technology is used to address issues, current challenges and future opportunities.

For member local governments, this is a jurisdiction-wide designation, not an individual department award. Designation as a PTI Tech Savvy Local Government recognizes any sized local government for exceptional talent, great ideas, teamwork, leadership and technology best practices and brings these to the attention of peers, elected officials and the world of local governments.

For member state governments, this is a single agency designation. Designation as a PTI Tech Savvy State Agency recognizes any state agency for exceptional talent, great ideas, teamwork, leadership and technology best practices and brings these to the attention of peers, elected officials and other agencies within and outside the state.

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Webinar: Effective Practices to Improve Citizen Engagement in Evanston, IL

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

The City of Evanston, Illinois - a 2014-2016 PTI Citizen Engaged Community - will share its social media best practices, security procedures, legal, archiving and risk management policies. In addition, attendees of this webinar will learn more about the City’s Open Data and Open Government initiatives.

Luke Stowe
Digital Services Coordinator
City of Evanston, IL

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#255   04-02-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

Local Government Energy/Environment Technology Priorities for 2015

Funding/grant opportunities, aging infrastructure, water and disaster mitigation and preparedness are the top priorities for local energy/environmental/sustainability and technology government officials, according to a recent nationwide survey conducted by PTI.

This survey, conducted in April 2015 on behalf of the PTI Energy and Environment Council, 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 40 million people.

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The Digital Revolution in Higher Education - Now Available!

Digital Revolution in Higher EducationPTI Staff Contact:  Alan Shark, Executive Director, 202-626-2445.
Higher education has come under increasing scrutiny as never before due to rising costs, changes in future job requirements, and new forms of learning opportunities offered by non-traditional companies and institutions.

The Digital Revolution in Higher Education is all about the changes regarding the advances in technology and how institutions of higher learning along with nontraditional organizations are utilizing these powerful new tools. These new tools include new mobile devices, enhanced and feature-rich learning management systems, data-feeding sensors, 3D printers, smart classrooms, smart buildings, and collaboration tools allowing students and faculty to collaborate just about anywhere face-to-face, virtually. Learn how this revolution will help reshape higher education thus transforming it towards the University of Everything.

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#261   05-15-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

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.

PTI’s 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 (NASCIO) Annual Conference. In addition to a robust PTI CIO Summit Agenda, there will be a number of joint local/state activities.

PTI staff is currently outlining the agenda for this prestigious event. What would you like to talk about? What would you like to hear about? What would you like to learn about? Your input is greatly appreciated – please send your suggestions for Summit agenda topics and speakers to by Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Hotel Info

The PTI CIO Summit will take place at the Grand America Hotel, the same hotel where the NASCIO Conference will be held. PTI has secured a limited number of guest rooms at a PTI discount rate. Hotel reservations can be made at this link.

PTI looks forward to seeing you in Utah in October!

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#235   11-07-2014  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

Presenting the Citizen-Engaged Communities for 2014–2016

Public Technology Institute (PTI) is pleased to announce the city and county governments designated as Citizen-Engaged Communities for 2014–2016.

This year especially, PTI recognizes the tremendous growth in the use of mobile and social media to engage the public, and the need for targeted data analytics to support better decision-making.

As a special note, when it comes to challenges and opportunities, PTI noted that all of the applications mentioned maintaining ongoing exceptional customer service with smaller than optimal staff, and retaining high quality employees to deliver service efficiently and effectively with budget constraints. PTI applauds the efforts of cities and counties all across the country who make exceptional customer service a priority during this difficult budget climate.

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Technology: What’s In? What’s Out for 2015?

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

Public Technology Institute has identified its annual list of technology “ins and outs,” the solutions and practices that will impact the public and private sectors in 2015.

The list is based on interviews that PTI conducted with government IT executives as well as representatives of the technology vendor community who work with state, city and county governments.

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Cybersecurity Ranks as #1 Technology Priority for Cities and Counties in 2015

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

For the second year in a row, cybersecurity ranks as the top technology priority for local government technology executives, according to a recent survey conducted by Public Technology Institute (PTI).

The second highest ranking priority will come as no surprise – budget and cost control. Local governments are still climbing out of difficult budgetary times and budgets and cost controls are ever presence in planning discussions.

The third priority selected by IT executives is disaster recovery/business continuity followed closely by strategic technology planning.

IT executives were provided with a list of fourteen technology topics and asked to rank the topics in order of importance.

Below, PTI lists the top ten technology priorities, based on this survey, for 2015.

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Budget and Cost Control
  3. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
  4. Strategic Technology Planning
  5. Consolidation/Optimization
  6. Mobile Services/Mobility/Enterprise Mobility
  7. Cloud Solutions
  8. Government Applications
  9. Project and Portfolio Management
  10. Broadband/Wireless Connectivity

PTI will be conducting webinars and conference sessions throughout 2015 highlighting many of these key technology priorities.  Stay tuned to for more information. Information about joining PTI can be found here.

#247   01-27-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

PTI Announces the 2015 GIS Vision Award Recipients

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) Board of Directors recognizes the following state and local government representatives who have received the 2015 PTI GIS Vision Award.

This prestigious annual award is presented to outstanding individuals who have contributed to advancing enterprise-wide GIS, articulated a clear vision and recognized innovation, demonstrated leadership, and served as a spokesperson/champion for the use of GIS across and within the city, county or State.

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Webinar: Energy Software Saves Money and Transforms Local Government

PTI Presented this Webinar Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lori Herrick

Attendees of this webinar learned how the City of Virginia Beach is using electronic invoicing to streamline utility data and create a comprehensive energy asset inventory.

Lori J. Herrick, MBA, LEED AP
Energy Management Administrator
City of Virginia Beach, VA

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#253   04-02-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

Webinar: Leadership and the CIO: Looking Towards the Future

PTI Presented this Webinar Thursday, April 23, 2015

David Whicker

As a public sector CIO, we face challenges literally every day as we attempt to balance an ever increasing demand for IT solutions coupled with an ever decreasing resource allotment. The Government of today requires much more than just a manager of technology, but rather passionate leadership with the ability to serve as a trusted resource in which organizations look toward in providing efficiency and effectiveness. The CIO leader of tomorrow must be prepared to help navigate the everyday challenges of their organizations and provide solutions that may or may not involve technology.

David L. Whicker, CGCIO
Chief Information Officer
Rockingham County, NC

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#254   04-02-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

Webinar: Who is Working in the Right-of-Way Today? There’s an App for That!

PTI Presented this Webinar Thursday, April 30, 2015

Think of this scenario: A citizen comes to you with a records request and wants to know who was working in the right-of-way on a particular day and what they were doing because her tire blew-out when she went around the work site. Would you be able to get this information? And more importantly, how long would it take you to collect this information?

The City of Bellevue, Washington decided that it needed to be able to handle these kinds of requests and more in an efficient and effective manner and have developed a mobile application that makes it simple for staff and contractors to record where and when they have worked in the right-of-way. And not only that, but the City has also made it easy for staff to view this data on a daily and/or continual (historical and future) basis to help answer the critical questions of who, what, when, and where in regards to work in the right-of-way.

Michael Bishopp, Senior GIS Analyst, City of Bellevue, WA

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#256   04-02-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

Technology and Public Management Textbook Now Available!

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

Technology and Public ManagementAt last, here is a textbook that covers the field of technology and public management in an informative and engaging style. Ever since the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration required greater infusion of technology into the curriculum, faculty and administrators have struggled with finding the right course materials designed specifically for the public administration environment.

Technology is no longer the sole domain of an information technology office, as it has evolved into a growing set of complex tools that influence every area of government. To be effective, every public manager needs to be actively engaged in technology decisions. This textbook is designed for students of public administration at every level who need to know and understand how technology can be applied in today’s public management workplace.

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Frustrations and Challenges of the Local Government IT Executive: 2015 PTI National Survey Results

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

Technology Survey

The lack of funding ranked as the number one issue frustrating local government technology executives, according to the results of a national survey conducted by PTI and the Center for Technology Leadership. The feeling that top management does not really understand IT placed second, and the sense of frustration with the public’s general attitude towards government placed third.

The intent of the survey was to identify the technology challenges that local government IT executives face on a daily basis and to understand the professional skill sets that IT executives need to develop and to maintain to be successful.

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Webinar: Using Smart County Communications Networks for P3 Economic Development Initiatives

PTI Presented this Webinar Thursday, May 7, 2015

Montgomery County, Maryland is working to leverage its investment in its fiber optic communications network to create public-private partnerships (P3) to expand the availability of affordable ultra high-speed broadband as part of the County’s economic development initiatives, attract knowledge-based jobs that will require access to advanced networks, and promote development of next-generation Internet-based applications and services. Key aspects include Smart County infrastructure, institutional networks, GIS-mapping, coordinating transit and road construction with public and private fiber and conduit needs, and enhancing local government partnerships with federal & state agencies.

Mitsuko R. Herrera, UltraMontgomery - Project Director, Dept of Technology Services - Planning, Policy and Special Projects, Montgomery County, Maryland

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#259   04-17-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

Register for the 2015 EPA ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition

EPA is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge! This is the largest and longest-running competition of its kind, and now it’s your chance to get in on the action!

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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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Presentations Now Available from the PTI Smart Cities & Counties Summit

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, presented the Smart Cities & Counties Summit: A Roadmap for a Bright Sustainable Future.

This summit focused on the fast-growing Smart Cities and Counties movement. Local government case studies and private sector examples in the areas of smart transportation, infrastructure, public safety, health, education, energy and environment, and quality of life issues were featured as key components of this summit.

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PTI Partner U.S. EPA Announces Top Cities with the Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings

Have You Considered Certifying Your Buildings Through ENERGY STAR?

PTI Staff Contact:  Ronda Mosley, Deputy Executive Director for Research & Government Services, 937-667-4142.

Today, the U.S. EPA announced the 2015 list of top cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

“This list shows how America’s cities are leading the nation in cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate change,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial program. “By embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective pathway to reach their sustainability goals, these cities are demonstrating the tangible benefits that result from simple, cost-effective reductions in energy use.”

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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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