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Calvin Rhodes, 10 years on

Many state CIOs don't last five years in their jobs. But Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes this month eclipsed the rare 10-year mark. In an interview with StateScoop, Rhodes, whom NASCIO leadership described as a "consummate professional," reflected on his decade in state government, including management of an IT modernization plan and development of the $110 million Georgia Cyber Center. And when asked if he'd stay for another 10 years, Rhodes said: "Why wouldn’t I want to stay around?" Rhodes spoke with Colin Wood.

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Feds issue $50 million in 'advanced' transportation grants

Ten state and local agencies and university programs have received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to deploy data-collecting and connected-vehicle systems on roadways this year, along with “many advanced technologies on the horizon,” the agency announced last week. The $49.6 million in grants were parceled out to projects in Michigan, San Diego and Nashville, Tennessee, among other places, with the largest award of nearly $10 million going to a University of Michigan project developing autonomous vehicle technology. Ryan Johnston reports.

The hottest ticket in town

COVID-19 vaccines are not going as smoothly as many officials promised last year, in part because some states have not set up efficient systems of scheduling people for their inoculations. And that's left some local health authorities in places like Florida to resort to Eventbrite, the ticketing website more commonly used for concerts and happy hours, to manage the vaccination process. In addition to questions about whether companies like Eventbrite are equipped to handle health data, there are also concerns that it cuts out the very elderly and low-income residents most at risk of infection from the coronavirus. Benjamin Freed has more.

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