Jake Williams

Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jake Williams is an award-winning publisher and journalist based in Brussels, Belgium.

Currently, Williams is the Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives for StateScoop, where he focuses on technology initiatives and policies in state and local governments. Williams and his team at StateScoop were recipients of the 2018 Online Publication of the Year award from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

Williams and his team have helped grow annual traffic and revenue by more than 100 percent, year over year. During his time as a reporter, Williams covered the federal government, including the White House, Congress and several Cabinet-level departments. He also focused on the emerging-technology beat and tracked the integration issues surrounding unmanned aircraft systems.

Williams graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a major in journalism and a minor in political science. During most of his undergraduate career, he served as president of the IUP Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, Williams was the editor in chief of the campus newspaper and production director of the campus radio station, WIUP-FM.

In addition to StateScoop and other Scoop News Group properties, Williams has been published in The Huffington Post, Campaigns & Elections magazine, PoliticsPA.com and several local and regional newspapers in Pennsylvania.

Williams is a culinary enthusiast, home cook, television fan, coffee fanatic and proud Northeast Pennsylvania native.


GIS plays critical role in states' response to coronavirus pandemic

by Jake Williams • 1 week ago

GIS officials from Maryland and Montana say geospatial data has provided real-time support for disaster relief during their states' responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Data on pace to dominate GIS in 2020, experts say

by Jake Williams • 2 weeks ago

Three geospatial information systems experts say data science and data analytics will play a bigger role this year.


State CIOs strive to craft unified, simple user experiences

by Jake Williams • 1 month ago

States are designing citizen experience not defined by bureaucratic boundaries, but with ease of access and convenience in mind.


For a 'golden' user experience, digital services need GIS

by Jake Williams • 1 month ago

NSGIC President Karen Rogers says GIS is not only essential for user experience, but it pervades nearly all data government touches.


Local IT leaders emphasize mission, service delivery

by Jake Williams • 2 months ago

Winners of the Local IT Leader of the Year LocalSmart award say serving their communities is what drives them to serve.


LocalSmart county winners focus on transformative services

by Jake Williams • 4 months ago

The winners of the GoldenGov: County Executive of the Year LocalSmart Awards say they emphasized efficiency in their tech leadership.