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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.

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COVID-19 brought GIS ‘into the limelight,’ state officials say

by Jake Williams • 4 weeks ago

Two GIS officials say were called on to help with pandemic response over the last 13 months as state leaders realized geospatial technology's power.

City

How a rapid move to remote work refined cyber in local government

by Jake Williams • 4 months ago

Winners of the cybersecurity award in the 2020 LocalSmart Awards said the pandemic shifted the way they approach cybersecurity.

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COVID-19 made geospatial leaders ‘front page news’

by Jake Williams • 5 months ago

The pandemic, and the need to use digital mapping to respond to it, elevated the role of GIS leaders in state governments.

City

Pandemic showed local IT digital transformation work ‘paid off’

by Jake Williams • 5 months ago

Local IT leaders who won 2020 LocalSmart Awards said the pandemic proved the importance of the work IT offices had been emphasizing for the last decade.

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State leaders will ‘rethink’ traditional security parameters post-pandemic

by Jake Williams • 6 months ago

Okta’s Kelsey Nelson says states will be forced to change their approach to cybersecurity to accommodate the workforce after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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Pandemic drove rapid digitization and modernization, Google exec says

by Jake Williams • 7 months ago

Mike Daniels, Google Cloud’s vice president of global public sector, says the pandemic forced states to do massive projects in “supremely compressed time periods.”

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