Local Governments are Invited to Apply for Designation as a 2014-2016 Citizen-Engaged Community

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

PTI’s Citizen-Engaged Communities is a designation program for cities and counties in the United States to recognize excellence in multi-channel contact centers and best practices for the use of Citizen Relationship/Records Management (CRM) systems, 311 systems, web portal technology, telephony systems and mobile communications infrastructure.

See the 2013-2015 Citizen-Engaged Communities and more details about this program.

To apply for designation as a Citizen-Engaged Community, please download and complete the application and submit it to PTI by E-mail by Friday, October 31, 2014.

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PTI offers the following Cybersecurity Quick-Tip during National Cybersecurity Month

CYBERSECURITY QUICK-TIP

PTI Staff Contact:  Alan Shark, Executive Director, 202-626-2445.

What systems and policies do you have in place to protect you from cyber threats? When did you last review and/or modify these systems and policies? When did you last conduct a network security audit?

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Upcoming Webinar: What makes Montgomery County, Maryland a Tech Savvy County?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

Montgomery County, MD continues to be a nationally recognized leader in technology innovation, and was named a PTI Tech Savvy County for 2014. This presentation will examine how the county is making smarter strategic technology choices in the midst of leaner government budgets.

Presenter:
Ivan Galic, Chief, Enterprise Applications & Solutions Division, Department of Technology Services, Montgomery County, MD

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Upcoming Webinar: Passenger Wi-Fi: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

On May 29, 2013, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) started its hunt for a bidder to install the necessary equipment, software, and cellular service to provide wifi to passengers on all of our public transit vehicles.

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Upcoming Webinar: Sustainability Practices in Action: Durham, North Carolina

Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

The mission of the Durham City/County Sustainability Office is to help protect and improve Durham’s environment through wise use of natural resources by providing guidance and resources to City and County employees, businesses, and citizens.

During this webinar, attendees will hear examples of Durham’s focus on collaboration, community outreach, and energy efficiency programs.

Presenters:
Tobin L. Freid, Sustainability Manager, Durham City and County
Ronda Mosley, Deputy Executive Director for Research and Government Services, PTI

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Upcoming Webinar: PTI 2014 Solutions Award Winner – Ponca City Community Infrastructure and Disaster

Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

The City of Ponca City, Oklahoma, a PTI 2014 Solutions Award winner, wants to ensure its employees, citizens, and businesses receive reliable telecommunications options. To meet these needs over 360 miles of fiber optic cabling and over 500 wireless radios were installed to ensure connectivity everywhere.  Using this same network, the City set up real time remote site disaster recovery for Virtual servers as well as Virtual desktops, SCADA systems for City owned utilities electric and water as well as security cameras all over town.

Attend this webinar and find out about Ponca City’s unique approach and learn how they are making all this happen.

Presenters:
Craig Stephenson, City Manager, Ponca City, OK
Craige L. Baird, Technology Services Director

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New Book Helps Local Governments be Smarter!

Alexandria, VA, April 22, 2014—According to the United Nations, by the year 2100 more than 80% of the world’s population will be living in cities. To help local officials plan for what the future will bring when it comes to improving the quality of life of residents, PTI and Items International have published Smarter Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective.

This book also examines making government services more effective and efficient, making public transportation faster and safer, improving public safety, and improving public infrastructure to attract businesses and residents.

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2013-2014 Technology Solutions Awards Winners Announced

Solutions Awards

An independent panel of judges has identified the recipients of PTI’s 2013–2014 Technology Solutions Awards. This year the competition featured a wide array of interesting and innovative entries and PTI salutes and applauds all the participants and their entries!

The list below highlights the winners and other recipients of recognition. Thank you to all local governments who participated in this awards program!

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PTI Quick Poll Results: 2014 Local Government Enterprise-Wide Cyber Security Survey

Cyber-Security ranked as the number one technology priority among local government officials in three recent, national surveys conducted by PTI. This focus on cyber security coupled with several recent and serious security and data breaches led PTI to conduct a quick poll of city and county information technology officials. This quick poll examined the current state of enterprise-wide cyber security programming.

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PTI AWARDS FOUR JURISDICTIONS WITH THE 2014 TECH SAVVY DESIGNATION!



PTI’s Local Government Tech Savvy Designation Award Program recognizes PTI member local governments that meet a list of criterions where technology is used to address issues, current challenges and future opportunities across the enterprise.

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Call for Authors!

CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties – Emerging Trends and Practices (Revised, Second Edition)

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) is revising its highly successful book, CIO Leadership for Cities & Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices. This book was first published in 2009 and is used as a textbook at five colleges and universities.

While a number of books have been published that target the CIO and technology in general, this was the first book developed exclusively to meet the needs and interests of local government officials. The book is written by leading experts and practitioners from the government and private sectors.

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PTI Announces 2014 Web 2.0 Winning Jurisdictions

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

PTI proudly announces the winners of the 2014 Web 2.0 State & Local Government Awards & Recognition Program. This annual awards program identifies best practices and excellence in the field of Web 2.0 and civic/social networking and citizen engagement in local and state government.

Applications were received from cities, counties, and states from across the country. PTI’s panel of judges selected these award-winning applications based on their exceptional accomplishments in citizen engagement, innovative technology utilization, accountability, mobile application development and usage, economic development and training and education.

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State of City and County IT 2014: The IT Organization and Operations National Survey Results

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

PTI presents this executive summary that outlines the results of the State of City and County IT 2014: The IT Organization and Operations national survey.

This is the seventh year that PTI and Deltek, a PTI research partner, have conducted this survey. In July and August, 2014 local government technology executives representing cities and counties of all sizes were asked to respond to the survey. Three hundred and forty-five executives completed all, or part of the survey.

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Webinar: Local Government Tools, Practices and Policies to Protect Their Cyber Environment

PTI Presented this Webinar tuesday, October 14, 2014

PTI Staff Contact:  Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456.

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, PTI encourages all local governments to review their cyber security and critical infrastructure protection strategies/plans.

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PTI Corporate Partner IBM Offers Resources for Local Governments

A Joint Solution for the Government Industry - Intelligent Permitting

In cities around the world, job creation and economic development have never been more vital. Cities with an “open for business” climate have a key competitive edge in attracting new businesses and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses within their boundaries. Being seen as “event friendly” is also advantageous to local governments; cities that host special events such as marathons and festivals can produce millions in revenues - that’s a tremendous boon to local economies.

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GIS Council: Collaboration and Innovation for Your Government

Using data for advanced decision-making, enhanced citizen engagement, mobile apps to deliver services, these are just some of the myriad of initiatives that are creating a buzz within the government sector. One of the common threads that link these initiatives is the utilization of geospatial information systems (GIS).

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Did You Know? The Local Government IT Executive: 2014 National Survey Results

Keeping abreast of technology advancement ranks number one among the challenges facing today’s local government information technology executive, according to the results of a national survey conducted by the Public Technology Institute (PTI).

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Local Government Energy/Environment Technology Priorities: 2014 National Survey Results

Energy efficiency and keeping up with budget challenges and technology advancements are the top priorities for local government energy and environment officials, according to a recent survey conducted by PTI.

This survey included responses from energy, environment, public works, sustainability and facilities officials from cities and counties, large, medium and small across the U.S. representing over 60 million people.

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Earn Special Recognition for your Building or Plant with EPA’s Certification Nation 2014

PTI is a partner of ENERGY STAR, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that helps us all save energy and money with tested and proven energy-efficient products and practices.

To celebrate 15 years of ENERGY STAR certification for buildings, EPA launches Certification Nation 2014, awarding special recognition for multiple-building certifications. If your buildings have an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or better, there has never been a better year to certify. Join today! EPA is offering special one-time recognition to all partners who certify 5, 15, 50, or 150 buildings this year!

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PTI Executive Director Alan Shark Testifies Before Congress

Leveraging Technology to Prevent Fraud in the Social Security Administration Focus of Testimony before Congressional Committee

Alexandria, VA, February 26, 2014—Speaking before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security, Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director of the Public Technology Institute laid-out a six-step process that can assist the Social Security Administration in preventing and detecting conspiracy fraud in the disability insurance program.

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Presenting the 2013-2015 Citizen Engaged Communities

Public Technology Institute (PTI) is pleased to announce the city and county governments designated as Citizen-Engaged Communities for 2013–2015.

PTI created this annual designation program to recognize excellence in multi-channel contact centers and best practices for the use of Citizen Relationship/Records Management (CRM) systems, 311 services, web portal technology, telephony systems and mobile communications infrastructure.

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U.S. Department of Energy State & Local Technical Assistance Program Alerts

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) provides state, local, and tribal officials with resources to advance successful, high-impact, and long-lasting clean energy policies, programs, and projects.

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Upcoming Webinars from EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program for Commercial Buildings

Register to learn about a wide range of topics including financing, green building rating systems, energy competitions, benchmarking water use, and using the new Portfolio Manager tool. See the full list of upcoming trainings and register for the below webinars at esbuildings.webex.com.

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2014 Rankings: Top cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings

EPA announces the top 25 cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings

With 443 ENERGY STAR certified buildings and 102.7 million square feet of floor space Los Angeles, CA tops the EPA’s list of cities with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. This saved the city $132.2 million dollars each year while preventing 45,100 emissions.

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Updates to How to Apply for ENERGY STAR Design Certification

The streamlined process to apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR certification makes it easier than ever to receive national recognition for your design projects. An overview and project eligibility requirements are posted on the Apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR page, and in the step-by-step companion guide, How to Apply, on the Tools and Resources page.

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