For IT leaders in local government, the opportunity of public service is one that allows technologists to tackle big problems for the benefit of the communities they love.
“I’ve never seen in government the trend like it is now,” Brandon Williams, innovation and strategy manager for Eagle County, Colorado, says on an episode of StateScoop’s LocalSmart podcast. “Leaders are really embracing culture change. They’re pushing for it.”
Williams was joined on the podcast by four other winners of StateScoop’s inaugural LocalSmart Awards, which last September recognized 35 of local government’s top IT leaders.
Spencer Smith, enterprise applications manager in Raleigh, North Carolina, says on the podcast that government is “ripe for innovation.”
“Local government is really a conglomerate of many business units,” Smith says. “We provide numerous services. … All can be improved with technology. There are always opportunities for us to improve and I hope to enable technology that helps us deliver on those types of solutions.”
For the next generation of government IT leaders, Phillip Leclair, chief information officer of Pasadena, California, says improving services and taking advantage of government’s unique mission will be key.
“Be a risk-taker and embrace it,” Leclair says. “There are opportunities to make a difference and build your career at the same time, but it takes courage and commitment to break through the minutiae to make that lasting change.”
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The LocalSmart Podcast is a five-part miniseries highlighting the winners of the 2019 LocalSmart Awards. It’s written, produced and hosted by Betsy Foresman.