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.


'Smart' technology benefits? Indiana mayor looks for cost efficiency

by Jake Williams • 2 weeks ago

Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana, says her city takes a practical approach to getting "smart" technology implemented in government.


LocalSmart Awards honor top local government leaders, projects

by Jake Williams • 2 weeks ago

The new award series from StateScoop highlights the people and projects making local government work more effectively and efficiently.


LocalSmart city winners emphasize flexibility, empathy in service

by Jake Williams • 2 weeks ago

The winners of the GoldenGov: City Executive of the Year award say their passion for their work and the citizens they serve define their public sector careers.


2019 LocalSmart Award Winners

by Jake Williams • 2 weeks ago

Meet the winners of the 2019 LocalSmart Awards. These visionary leaders and projects were selected by the StateScoop community as the top among the local government community.


California's new digital services office puts people over projects

by Jake Williams • 3 weeks ago

Michael Wilkening, Gov. Gavin Newsom's innovation adviser, says the state's new digital innovation office will bring user-centered design to agency projects.


Geospatial data-sharing effort needs shared strategy for success

by Jake Williams • 4 weeks ago

The National Spatial Data Infrastructure is celebrating its 25th anniversary — but it remains an unrealized vision of geospatial data sharing.