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09/13/2021
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Minnesota IT's medalist

There’s no shortage of prizes and awards showered on state IT officials for their roles in managing the operations of government. But earlier this month, Josh Cinnamo, a data center manager with Minnesota IT Services, nabbed a much rarer accolade when he won a medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Cinnamo took the bronze medal with a 15.9-meter throw in the F46 shot put, a competition for athletes with a single upper-limb amputation. “I have always viewed myself as an athlete and when I became more involved in adaptive sports, I found other athletes who cared about elite performance, and not just participation,” he said in a recent post on MNIT's in-house blog. Benjamin Freed has more.


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Tyler's busy year continues

Tyler Technologies announced Friday that it has agreed to purchase Arx, a publisher of police-data software, as the civic-tech giant continues its streak of acquisitions. The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, makes Arx the latest of more than a dozen companies Tyler has absorbed since 2015. The acquisition centers on two pieces of software: Arx Alert and Arx Community. The former is used by police departments internally to digitize forms, manage workflows and centralize data, while the latter is used to build public-facing data dashboards. Ben has the story.


LocalSmart Awards are now open for voting

Voting has opened for the 2021 LocalSmart Awards. The program, now in its third year, honors the people who transform local government to make a difference in citizens' lives. These awards celebrate the achievements of those who work to make a lasting impact in the government IT community. The nominees were gathered from community submissions over the last several months. Voting is open through Oct. 14. Cast your vote here.


Boise mayor nominates former consultant for CIO role

Boise, Idaho, could soon have a new chief information officer. Mayor Lauren Mclean announced her nomination of Alexandra Winkler, a senior director at a local health care nonprofit, for the role last Thursday. If approved by the Boise City Council, Winkler will head an IT department with more than 70 employees and a $12 million budget. Ryan Johnston reports.


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