Pacific Northwest Digital Government Summit 2012 Overview

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Keynote Speakers

Bill Bott uses a team approach to tackle organizational challenges, such as strategic planning, process improvement, project management, customer satisfaction, and problem solving. He uses the same tools developed by leading private sector companies to facilitate change from within the organization. Bill's specialty is in helping to make elements of square pegs fit into the round holes that make up the work we do.

Bill is best known for his role in consolidating the IT functions and staff in the state of Missouri, which saved the state over half a billion dollars in real costs in less than 10 years. For this, Bill was named a GOVERNING Public Official of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 he was recognized as one of Government Technology's Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. He also received accolades from the American Business Awards for his innovative approach to IT management and was chosen to represent the United States as a young leader by the American Council on Germany.

Bill joined the Change and Innovation Agency in 2009 and now works with public servants across the country. A regular speaker on Project Management, his message of true process improvement before automation is a frequent theme in his writings and in his workshops.

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Tim Gard is an internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution. A highly sought-after speaker, Tim's travels have ranged from Bangkok to Boston, from Singapore to Sioux City, and Texas to Tasmania. He has won numerous awards, including his recent induction into the Speakers Hall of Fame - a prestigious honor that has been awarded to less than two hundred people worldwide. Tim's life experiences are both extensive and varied. He was raised in an Air Force family and "rebelled" by serving as a Navy man. Following his wartime service, Tim was employed in various capacities in County, State and Federal government. He became an expert fraud investigator and this work led him to extensively study human behavior, the art of persuasion, and various methods for resolving difficult situations. He quickly learned that humor is an indispensable tool in human relations. He now devotes himself to teaching these skills to others so that their interactions and life experiences can be expanded, maximized, and, most important of all, fun!

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Bill Schrier is Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Government responsible for helping to drive the strategic direction and development of the Center's programs and for providing thought leadership, strategic direction and hands-on expertise in expanding the Center's services to both government and industry. He is also Director of Digital Communities, the e.Republic local government program.
Schrier was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the City of Seattle from October 2003 to June 2012. As CTO, he was the senior official, reporting to the Mayor, responsible for information technology policy and management of IT resources serving the 11,000 employees and 600,000 people of Seattle. Schrier was named one of Government Technology magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in public-sector IT for 2008, Computerworld's Premier 100 CIOs, and was named a fellow of the Public Technology Institute and the Public Safety Foundation of America. He has served in several leadership capacities to develop the Nationwide Public Safety wireless Broadband Network, which was authorized by Congress in February, 2012, and funded with $7 billion. Schrier is also a retired officer of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

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