Breaking Old Habits and Leveraging New Networks in Colorado

From breaking long-held processes to capitalizing on the benefits of faster networks, Colorado Chief Information Officer Theresa Szczurek shared the challenges and opportunities facing her state.

Colorado CIO Theresa Szczurek
Theresa Szczurek, CIO, Colorado
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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — Perhaps the hardest thing for a chief information officer to modernize in state government has nothing to do with physical technology systems or software; rather, it's the people behind them that take the most effort.

As Colorado CIO Theresa Szczurek explained in an interview with Government Technology during the 2019 National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) midyear conference, breaking routines and long-standing habits is no easy task.

Szczurek also touched on Colorado's evolving plans for 5G technology, saying that she hopes the state and industry are able to leverage the improved network to their advantage.

Eyragon Eidam is the Web editor for Government Technology magazine, after previously serving as assistant news editor and covering such topics as legislation, social media and public safety. He can be reached at