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Mississippi CIO Craig Orgeron says he returned for the ‘challenge’

On this week’s Priorities Podcast, Mississippi Chief Information Officer Craig Orgeron says it was the challenge of government service that brought him back into the fold after retiring from the role four years ago. Changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the popularization of generative artificial intelligence have transformed government over the past four years, creating a new set of challenges for Orgeron, who’d already spent a decade in the CIO role in Mississippi before his return. “The first thought that kept recurring was the enormity of the challenge, was the first real thought, of how different the world is,” Orgeron says when asked why he returned to the role. “I think there’s sort of a post-COVID reality, I think there’s certainly a generative AI reality and there’s beyond certain a cloud reality. And I think how public sector organizations think about and through that is transformational.”

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Priorities Podcast

Each Wednesday, StateScoop’s Priorities Podcast explores the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. Listen to in-depth conversations with government and industry’s top executives, and learn about trending stories affecting state and local IT leaders ranging from modernization and digital accessibility to the latest advances in generative artificial intelligence.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.