State and Local IT News in Brief

Steve Edmondson becomes Cook County, Ill., CIO; Seattle applies Google ultra high-speed broadband.

by / February 15, 2010

Former Ohio CIO R. Steve Edmonson Takes Top IT Job for Cook County, Ill.

In early February, R. Steve Edmonson, a former CIO of Ohio who left the state government in 2008, took the same position with Cook County, Ill. Edmondson has managed his own consulting firm, and has private-sector experience working for Honeywell and Cardinal Health.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to bring my background in the development of IT strategic plans and their implementation in complex global environments to Cook County," Edmonson said in a statement.

Seattle to Pursue High-Speed Fiber Network Built by Google

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wasted no time in announcing Thursday that the city will respond to Google's request for information to build ultra-high-speed broadband networks to the home that are 1 gigabit per second.

"[Seattle] city government itself has many assets which could be used to partner with Google in this network, thereby reducing Google's costs and allowing the new network to reach more people. The city owns or co-owns 100,000 poles on which to construct the network," according to a news release from the Office of the Mayor.


Lowell, Mass., to Get Broadband Overhaul

The University of Massachusetts in Lowell was awarded a $783,000 grant from the stimulus for a broadband promotion program in Lowell, Mass. The money will be spent on a public Wi-Fi network for the downtown area as well as public computing centers.

Source: Computerworld

Philly City Council Proposes New CIO Powers

"Councilman Bill Green and five members of City Council have co-sponsored legislation that would create a permanent Charter position for a Chief Information Officer and would consolidate all of the city's Information Technology resources under the Division of Technology."

Source: Technically Philly


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