State and Local Virtual Summit

Technology is helping state and local government get more done than ever before.

Across the country, state and local governments are grappling with some of the biggest challenges of our time. Our nation’s infrastructure, from bridges and tunnels, to legacy systems and outdated data centers are crumbling. And it’s up to innovative state and local government employees to transform these aging systems into modern, efficient and effective systems. Only when these issues are addressed can state and local gov truly be at the top of its game with meeting its mission and serving the public.

Join GovLoop on Wednesday, September 19 from 10am-4:30pm ET/7am-1:30pm PT, as we explore how leading state and local governments are using innovative technology solutions and problem-solving to transform these aging systems into modern day organizations and deliver citizen services.

You can attend five sessions and download hundreds of useful resources, all delivered to you online and at no cost! As long as you have an internet connection and an interest in learning about creative problem-solving in government, you can attend the upcoming virtual summit!

Register for free now to find out what’s on the technology horizon in state and local government!

Check out what past attendees have said about the Virtual Summits:

"...The keynote address has me focused and excited about doing the heavy lifting of government innovation!"
- B. Cunningham, Director of Training and Performance Improvement, Lucas County, OH
"Great online training sessions! Really informative...thanks!"
- J. Corpening, Innovation Manager, Houston, TX
"This is so convenient and helpful. Like a conference without all the wasted time and money."
- A. Cignarale, Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Monroe County, NY

"I appreciate all the available resources today, thank you!"
- E. Britnell, Senior Analyst, Town of Caledon


Check out full sessions descriptions here.

9:45am ET/6:45am PT

Virtual environment is open!

10:15 - 10:45am ET / 7:15 - 7:45am PT
Opening Keynote Session: State and Local CIOs Compare Their Biggest Challenges

Ted Ross, CIO, City of Los Angeles and General Manager for the Information Technology Agency and Ed Toner, CIO, State of Nebraska will discuss and compare their biggest challenges and how their organizations are using technology to overcome them.

11:00 - 11:50am ET / 8:00 - 8:50am PT
Session 1: Connectivity for All – How Cloud is Changing the Game for State and Local Gov

Ken Liska, Systems Engineering Manager, Citrix State and Local
Dr. Craig Orgeron, Director of MS Department of Information Technology Services

Government Cloud technologies are changing the way government employees can access information wherever they are on their mobile devices. And even more importantly, this added connectivity is still secure. Our second session will discuss how agencies can securely deliver applications to all employees’ devices.


12:00 - 12:50pm ET / 9:00 - 9:50 PT
Session 2: Cybersecurity and Automation: A Perfect Match for Government

Bridget Kravchenko, Chief Information Security Officer, Oakland County, Michigan
Christopher Grimm, Consulting Architect, Red Hat
Greg Tinsley, Senior Consultant, Red Hat

Join us as our experts showcase how automation solutions can help all teams work together towards achieving meaningful improvements in the security posture of their agency.

12:50 - 1:30pm ET / 9:50 - 10:30am PT

Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:20pm ET / 10:30pm - 10:20pm PT
Session 3: Citizen-Centric Approach Helps Constituents and Gov

Temujin Baker,  IT Enterprise Manager, King County, Washington
Dan Kempton, Director of Product Management and Engineering, North Carolina Department of IT

Our panel of government experts will share how successful agencies have improved their digital services and transformed their agency.

2:30 - 3:20pm ET / 11:30am - 12:20pm PT
Session 4: 4 Steps to an Effective Communications Strategy

Lyndsay Booth, Senior Digital Engagement Strategist, Granicus

Unlocking the ability to connect with your audience is a process, and requires a dedicated strategy. Join us in this online training where we will discuss the core components of a successful communications strategy.

3:30 - 4:00pm ET / 12:30 - 1:00pm PT
Last Chance Swag


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Meet Your Keynote Speakers!

Ted Ross, CIO, City of Los Angeles and General Manager for the Information Technology Agency

Mr. Ross's department delivers enterprise IT services to over 48,000 employees across 38 City departments and digital services to almost 4 million residents across 469 square miles. Comprised of 485 dedicated employees with an $92 Million annual operating budget, his department supports more than 100 City applications, a 24/7 Data Center, City Data & Voice Communications, the 3-1-1 Call Center, Public Safety Microwave & Radio Communications, and the LA CityView Channel 35 TV Station. Before joining ITA, Ted managed the successful citywide Financial Management System ERP Project with the Office of the Controller and IT systems for Los Angeles World Airports. He has over 19 years of private and public sector technology experience, earning various awards and IT credentials along the way.

Ed Toner, CIO, State of Nebraska

Ed Toner has spent the last 18 years in the Information Technology field, and has held IT leadership positions at both First Data and TD Ameritrade in Omaha, NE. Ed has significant international experience, having managed teams in both the UK and Argentina. His background also includes Industrial Engineering positions in Manufacturing prior to moving into Information Technology. Ed is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with proven results of $3M+ cost reductions in one year due to increased efficiency. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.


Why should you take time out of your day to attend?

  • Earn up to 4 continuing professional education (CPE) credits in specialized knowledge.
  • Grow your network by connecting virtually with your government peers and industry experts.
  • Get access to more than 100 downloadable resources on a wide variety of topics pertinent to government today.
  • Win awesome swag by being active in the virtual environment.
  • Chat with GovLoop and learn how our free resources can open up a new world of learning.
  • Ask your specific questions and get answers during the Expert Open House.