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Thad Rueter

Thad Rueter writes about the business of government technology. He covered local and state governments for newspapers in the Chicago area and Florida, as well as e-commerce, digital payments and related topics for various publications. He lives in Wisconsin.

Grovetown, located near Augusta, has found quick success with digital civic payments after launching a Tyler Technologies app. What lessons does that provide for other cities, and what comes next?
A new push from startup gov tech firm Polimorphic seeks to offer more efficient and precise searches of government websites. If successful, it could lead to reduced calls to public agencies and happier citizens.
The pandemic sparked growth in free digital tools for students and teachers. As that trend continues, student privacy protections are gaining more focus — and, it seems, more enforcement.
The nonprofit has accepted eight new companies into its gov tech accelerator program. Those startups work on AI-powered lawmaking, food waste reduction, court access, citizen engagement and other areas.
The gov tech company has announced a strategic investment from Francisco Partners, which manages some $45 billion. Accela sells software for such jobs as code enforcement and disaster management.
The acquisition, the first by FieldWare, promises to improve communication in the court system and even keep people from spending too much time in jail before trial, executives said. More such deals could follow.
As global heat waves continue, focus increases on ways to ease the pain of all those extremely high temperatures. But will cities and states actually spend more money on climate — and how can tech sellers respond?
The state, along with Tyler Technologies, has launched a clearinghouse designed to make title transfers quicker and less costly. Retailers, insurers, salvagers and fleet managers could benefit from the system.
New Mexico’s largest city is deploying technology from Tyler Technologies designed to automate planning, health inspection, permitting, wildlife management and other tasks. A city planning official explains why the city needs the new tools.
Citibot has launched its Amazon Translate tool in two California cities. This comes as local officials often struggle to communicate with the growing number of residents who don’t speak English.