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Ohio CIO's exit interview

In an interview with StateScoop yesterday, outgoing Ohio CIO Rodgers described some of his management techniques, progress of the state’s technology projects during his tenure and why he kept welling up after he made the decision to leave the state government to become the CIO of Designer Brands, which owns the DSW store chain. "We’re here for a common cause to take state-level services and make it a citizen-centric environment," he said of his seven years in state government — and yes, he did slip in one last "O-H...I-O" chant. Colin Wood reports.

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Big changes ahead in Vermont

Vermont Chief Information Officer John Quinn told the NASCIO midyear conference yesterday that his state will soon embark on more than a dozen major projects following the adoption of a budget that, among other things, funds IT modernization efforts. Among the agencies that stand to be upgraded include the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the unemployment insurance program and the Office of the Defender General, Vermont's public-defender service. Benjamin Freed has more.

Utah pilots real-time roadway-conditions tool

Starting next week, Utah’s Department of Transportation will pilot a new, situational awareness tool called Payver around Salt Lake County that’s designed to give state officials instant access to the conditions of their highways and roads. Along a stretch of 350 miles of highway and roads in Salt Lake County, Payver will continually process high-definition images and videos collected from a variety of sources — including dashboard cameras, drones, satellites and some newer cars, like Teslas, that have the ability to transmit that data. Ryan Johnston has details.

Collaboration is key for state broadband officials

State broadband officials looking to provide connectivity to their residents as the COVID-19 pandemic resides need to be open to collaboration, a panel of three state leaders said at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers summit on Wednesday. Facilitating broadband adoption “takes a village,” according to Colorado CIO Tony Neal-Graves, who said that even the influx of federal stimulus money over the past year isn’t enough, on its own, to close the digital divide. Ryan has the story.

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