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Jake Williams

Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jake Williams is an award-winning publisher and journalist based in Austin, Texas.

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.

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LocalSmart county winners focus on transformative services

by Jake Williams • 2 weeks ago

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

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Digital services can restore trust in government, NYC official says

by Jake Williams • 3 weeks ago

New York City CTO John Paul Farmer said that as public trust in government has plummeted, agencies like his can play a key role in bridging the gap.

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Data-science collaboration in LA earns global smart-city award

by Jake Williams • 3 weeks ago

Los Angeles was the only U.S. city to be recognized this year, honored for its work with colleges and universities promoting data-driven decision making.

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Mastercard launches urban-development insights tool for cities

by Jake Williams • 3 weeks ago

A tool first piloted in Dublin to anticipate how events might affect local economy is now available to an international network of more than 40 cities.

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Cities need collaboration to deliver more inclusive services, CIOs say

by Jake Williams • 3 weeks ago

A handful of city leaders are trying to make services more inclusive and equitable by working together and learning from each other.

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Cities and their residents need 'honest conversation' on cybersecurity

by Jake Williams • 3 weeks ago

Residents lacking technical knowledge need help understanding the new threats they face online, said panelists at a smart-city conference in Barcelona.

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