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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.

While the likes of ChatGPT and its competitors may give pause to leaders in both the private and public sectors, it would be hard to find a state or local CIO dismissive of the potential and influence of generative AI.
As deputy executive director for the state’s Office of Information Technology, Richman focused on tech debt and other issues. She becomes senior vice chancellor at the University of Denver, a job that includes tech.
The software firm now serves federal clients, but CEO Tyler Sweatt says the company soon will start selling its services to state and local public agencies. NEA led the latest funding round.
PayIt sells payments, licensing and outdoor permitting tech, and recently raised $90 million. Nieto talks about how the company intends to grow in 2024, and what his experience helping to lead Accela taught him.
Greater Sum Ventures, whose history includes the gov tech company now called Catalis, aims to provide "end-to-end" tools for public safety professionals. The field is already crowded with Axon, Motorola and others.
The company, known for Tasers and body cameras, says detailed analysis of officer-involved fatal shootings could lead to better training and non-lethal technology. The database goes into minute detail about fatalities.
As more states approve school choice programs — commonly through education savings accounts — there is demand for platforms that can handle the administrative tasks. Odyssey’s experience in Iowa illustrates the situation.
The constituent management software provider plans to hire more people and boost customer service as it grows. Polimorphic recently launched a natural language search tool for local governments.
This growing form of getting more from data is helping officials analyze spending that took place without top-level oversight. The tool could find its way into the hands of other public agencies for a variety of tasks.
The latest funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and included Google’s AI investment arm. The money will go toward expanding Prepared’s workforce in engineering and other areas as it grows its paid offerings.