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Creating Digital Trust and Transparency with CivicPlus and Optimere — ICYMI

Special guests Brian Rempe (CEO, CivicPlus) and Ray Carey (CEO, Optimere) discuss public-sector transparency and compliance and how CivicPlus’ acquisition of Optimere will create a better experience for residents and the agencies that serve them.

Americans’ trust in many aspects of government is currently low, although we consistently express more trust in our own state and local governments than in the federal government.

Gen Z — soon to be the largest cohort of eligible voters — likewise has a dim view of government overall (only 7 percent describe the U.S. as a healthy democracy, according to the fall 2021 Harvard Youth Poll). Nevertheless, their lack of faith in government and politics hasn’t eliminated their desire to enact change. Gen Z’s level of civic participation has surpassed that of older, millennials, Gen X and baby boomers at the same age.

How do we make government an attractive thing for future generations not only to participate in but to work in as well? On this episode of In Case You Missed It, Dustin and Joe speak with CEOs Brian Rempe (CivicPlus) and Ray Carey (Optimere) on how government can use technology to create positive civic experiences and help build back public trust.



Visit CivicPlus to read about how their technology can create positive civic experiences.


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

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Dustin Haisler is the president 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 President, Haisler drives exponential growth, implements new ideas and promotes a corporate culture that rewards creativity. Read his full bio.
Joseph Morris is the chief innovation officer of <i>Government Technology</i>’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.