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

PTI’s Annual Solutions Awards Competition: Recognizing Local & State Governments - Deadline Extended

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.
Solutions Awards
PTI’s nationally recognized annual Solutions Awards Competition recognizes PTI member local and state governments that demonstrate how they use technology to solve specific problems, improve community services and internal operations and reduce costs.

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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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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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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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2014: It’s a Wrap!

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

Alan R. SharkOn behalf of the staff and leadership of PTI, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and thank you for your continued participation in PTI programs.

PTI continues to highlight, on a national level, the best in government innovation and technology solutions. We do this by sharing leading practices from all levels of government and the technology sector with the aim to improve productivity for you, your staff and your organization.

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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.

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Webinar: Introduction to the MISAC/PTI 2015 Certified Government CIO Program

PTI Presented this Webinar Thursday, Feb 12, 2015

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

PTI and MISAC are bringing the Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO™) program to the West Coast. This national certification program develops knowledge and skills required of Chief Information Officers functioning in government sector information Technology.

Prior participants have come from various public agencies that range in size from counties both large or small, to cities as large as New York and Philadelphia down to rural cities.


Alan Shark, Executive Director of PTI, Rutgers Professor, and the Instructor of this prestigious program provides an overview of this year-long course, answer participant questions, and share the benefits of becoming a CGCIO.

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#249   02-10-2015  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

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

PTI Presented this Webinar Thursday, December 11, 2014

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.

Listen to 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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#231   10-22-2014  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

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

PTI Presented this webinar Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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

For this popular annual event, the NASCIO and PTI came 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: View Presentation Materials.

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

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#232   10-23-2014  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

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.

Download the entire article at this link.

#233   10-27-2014  •  Send a link  •  Printable version

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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