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Thad Rueter

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 New Orleans.

The gunshot detection tech provider faces serious controversy in Chicago. But the company keeps on growing and has big plans for the coming months, thanks in part to fresh product offerings.
During the pandemic, 311 services became more important to citizens and governments alike. Now, companies such as Zencity are crafting platforms that offer more efficiency and accountability than before.
Emergency workers and communication centers can use new technology to ensure quick and accurate responses. Connecting those agencies with more software providers would help with those efforts.
With millions at risk of eviction, the company’s tools can help public agencies better target people in need of government assistance. The key? Neighborhood-level data that is updated quickly.
The pandemic and consumer trends have fueled fresh deployments of payment technology for bills, taxes and fees. Can local and state government find new savings via online and mobile transactions?
With DemandStar and other tech providers reporting big recent growth, the future shines brightly for digital procurement services at the state and local levels. But look out for Amazon — maybe.
Even amid calls to "defund the police," agencies are buying new technology, boosting efficiency and enabling new types of reporting. Mark43 aims to be a major global player in this industry.
As cities look beyond the pandemic, a Silicon Valley startup secures funding as it helps local officials better manage scooters, deliveries and other challenges. Data modeling combined with open source technology is key.
The pandemic stretched municipal revenues even further, but tech and financing provider Quantela aims to provide backing for Wi-Fi, LED streetlights and other projects. Now the company has $40 million of fresh capital.
The gov tech software firm has bought Data Preservation Solutions in a deal that will help Kofile offer more digital documentation services to local governments. Kofile already serves 3,000 government clients.
During his career with the Virginia city, he helped connect residents and witnessed the rise of cybersecurity and AI. He talks about what’s next for gov tech, and why local leaders should look to Disney for inspiration.
The company got its start just as small businesses were struggling to stay afloat during shutdowns. Here’s how it has worked with governments on economic development in an unprecedented moment in history.