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The Most Important News, Trends and Insights in 2021 — ICYMI

The “In Case You Missed It” crew and a special guest discuss some of 2021’s biggest government tech news, from Tyler Technologies’ blockbuster buyout of NIC to the increasingly essential nature of broadband.

Following the rollercoaster year that was 2020, 2021 became the year that we built upon our pandemic experiences. And in this week’s episode of “In Case You Missed It,” the crew brought on special guest Noelle Knell, editor of Government Technology, to discuss what that looked like in the world of state and local government.

That included the massive, market-shaping acquisition of NIC by Tyler Technologies, itself part of a larger streak of merger and acquisition activity across the market that’s seeing gov tech companies pursue both horizontal and vertical expansion. The pandemic also made many truly realize the essential nature of broadband Internet — but even with more funding for infrastructure coming, obstacles remain in deploying it effectively and efficiently. Finally, with new technologies such as AI and drones proliferating rapidly, this year saw increased discussion of the ethical considerations government must undertake as they explore their uses.


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Check out the December 2021 edition of Government Technology magazine to read our entire 2021 Year in Review.


“In Case You Missed It” returns on Jan. 4 to help kick off Government Technology’s GovTech 100. Stay tuned!

“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic* Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris and Gov Tech Assistant News Editor Jed Pressgrove as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

Follow along live each week at 12 p.m. PST on LinkedIn and YouTube.

*e.Republic is the parent company of Government Technology.
Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.
Joseph Morris is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.
Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.
Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.