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Ohio gets a new CIO

Ohio officials announced this morning that Katrina Flory, who’s been the state’s deputy chief information officer since 2011, will be the new statewide CIO, following the resignation earlier this month of Ervan Rodgers. In a letter to state employees that was obtained by StateScoop, Matt Whatley, the interim director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, wrote that Flory is “well prepared to take the lead on our work to deliver vital digital services to Ohioans.” Flory had been deputy CIO since 2011, and oversaw the development of several big IT initiatives, including the state's ERP system and the InnovateOhio digital-services platform. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Citius, altius...smart-ius?

A new “smart city” strategy will serve as a guide for Los Angeles to be connected, inclusive and efficient ahead of the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games — a “welcoming of the world” — the city’s chief information officer, Ted Ross, told StateScoop this week. The 53-page guide previews the tech Olympic ticket-holders could encounter, like ubiquitous 5G connectivity, internet-connected sidewalk kiosks, single-payment micro-transit options and electronic vehicle chargers. Ross did not include a price tag on his new strategy, though Olympic organizers have previously estimated that the 2028 Summer Games will cost Los Angeles about $7 billion. Ryan Johnston has more.

Atlanta's new CIO has an Ohio connection

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Tuesday that Jason Sankey, the former chief information officer of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, is the city’s new IT chief, filling a vacancy that’d been left open since the resignation last November of Gary Brantley. In Ohio, Sankey was responsible for supporting many of the social welfare systems that were tested by the COVID-19 pandemic, including unemployment insurance, nutrition assistance and child services programs. Former Ohio CIO Ervan Rodgers called Sankey "one of the best agency CIOs in the game." Ben has the story.

GIS grew in pandemic

Anthony Spicci, executive director of the GIS Certification Institute, told StateScoop he’s watched in recent months as a growing number of technology companies and government agencies began requiring their staff to hold geographic information systems professional, or GISP, certification, a credential issued by his group designed to promote ethical behavior and raise quality standards in the industry. “It’s good that it’s in the public consciousness now and the whole idea of how we can use geospatial data to move things forward and make things better,” he said. Colin Wood has more.

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