Welcome to the April issue of The Districts, where we chronicle the people, issues and activities impacting special districts across the U.S.
Omar Sandoval, IT Director for the Naperville Park District in Illinois, talks about how his district uses innovative technology to engage with customers in the latest episode of The Districts podcast. Among other things, Sandoval describes how connectivity is evolving across the district’s 137 parks, including a recent initiative to offer free Wi-Fi to patrons at a number of facilities.
“We do a lot of everything. We have well over 100 pieces of networking devices, not limited to voice gateways, switches, access points and all different types of connections,” he says, adding that internet access is becoming a fundamental expectation for park visitors. “Before, you’d go to the park and read a book. Well now you’re bringing your Kindle.”
Tune in to The Districts podcast to hear more about how Naperville is creating a connected park system, and why that’s important to both the Park District and the community.
Our first Special Districts Summit of 2019 is right around the corner, and we’re finalizing our lineup of expert speakers and panelists. Join us May 30 in Anaheim, Calif., for the Special Districts Summit West, a unique conference created specifically for special districts. Register now to hear:
Our entire lineup of regional Special Districts Summits is set for 2019. Make your plans now to attend the summit in your region for a full day of inspirational keynotes, leadership discussions, and insights into top management trends and emerging technologies.
Don’t keep your innovations to yourself. Share those breakthroughs and best practices with your peers through our unique awards program for special districts. The nomination period is open and we’re looking for special districts that are using technology to improve delivery of citizen services and strengthen internal operations. We also want to recognize individual special district leaders who are championing bold technology initiatives.
Government Technology magazine named two special district leaders in its annual list of top public sector innovators for 2019. Clay Campbell, Administrative Supervisor for the Downers Grove Sanitary District in Illinois, and Sree Pulapaka, Vice President and CIO for the San Antonio Water System, are among those recognized in this year’s class of Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers.
For 18 years, Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers program has honored public sector technology leaders by recognizing their commitment to excellence and shining a spotlight on their work. The full Top 25 feature appears in Government Technology’s April/May issue. Both Campbell and Pulapaka are board members for the Special Districts Program.
Here are the latest stories from special districts around the country. Share your own news with us for inclusion in the next newsletter.
Moving Toward a Data-Driven Future
May 12, 2020
Finding Innovation in Power
November 11, 2019
2019 Midwest Recap (Chicago)
September 25, 2019
Special Districts Summit Southwest: Three Takeaways
September 24, 2019
2019 Southwest Recap (Houston)
September 9, 2019
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