2016 SIPA User Conference Keynote

I’m going to take this opportunity earlier I talked about my bosses I have 15 bosses that I work for who are the the board for cipa and some of our board members are here so I’d like to recognize them quickly in the back of the room secretary Williams welcome Secretary up front we have director halter welcome director representative Tyler welcome the final person i’m going to introduce I kind of envision he’ll probably shoot me for saying this but Greg is the father of cipa greg was really part of a small group of legislators who really envisioned this whole thing called cipa and I’m going to we asked Greg to come and introduce our next speaker but I would like to say what a what a pleasure it’s been really be to be associated with Greg over the last 10 years of cipa greg has been the executive director for cipa on three different occasions we just can’t get rid of him but he has been a visionary in terms of this organization and I attribute much of our success to Greg rippy please welcome Greg rippy yeah it’s great to be fired three times I’m going for for not looking to take your job jack as a oh and we have our Chairman that didn’t get recognized also a Louis Lago chairman of the board with us today as a board member thank you for participating in this we’re thrilled to see this user conference continue to grow and I think you’re in for a treat here real shortly it’s my distinct pleasure to be able to introduce to you every director of policy and public sector strategies in former two-term Wyoming governor James E Jim Gehringer governor Gehringer focused on improving education through standards accountability and technology modernizing Wyoming’s economic base to extensively include technology he worked together with state federal and local governments to establish community based planning and information systems with ESRI Jim is working with senior elected and corporate officials on how to use technology more effectively he is an expert in e-government planning and is here to talk with us about technology in the public sector I’m confident that you will be entertained educated and find this very worthwhile governor Gehringer welcome and hopefully not put to sleep right Greg well it’s a good organization you put together here with your brainchild rebreather grandfather or were you just the instigator I well that’s good it’s always nice to have brains than any organization isn’t it well i’m here today I hopefully to inform perhaps irritate part of my job in any public speaking is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable you can figure out which category you’ll be in I was asked to talk a little bit about my experience in using technology and government my background I’m an engineer by education farmer by choice governor by a crap background by accident I bring a lot of technology background to my current position and even my position as governor but technology is so dramatically changed or even since I left office it’s been quite a challenge to keep up with and I’m sure many of you here are feeling that same way say wow I barely got this done I’m barely got that data updated now it’s all need to do it again so I’ll give you a little bit of a departure from my presentations it will be some narrative these will be charts that actually have bullet points on usually I’m just totally visual and I think this way powerpoints mostly ought to be but I thought it would help to set some of the context of what drove me what influenced my approach to technology in government and in how profoundly I was affected by the use of GIS before I even knew what it was to meet GIS is a governor’s information system that’s the GIS and uses geography

and play space well just as a way to kind of bring it into focus the power of a picture is a very effective way to communicate and that’s what a lot of technology can bring to bear visualization is so profoundly effective in communicating but this is just a simple illustration I’ve used Oh probably off and on for the last 20 years the power of the picture it’s North America at night you can see a it’s a composite picture the light intensity reflected in this photograph reflects population density so it’s a way to kind of visualize where the population centers are all around the country how you can pick out new york over here you can pick out chicago and detroit Yeah right there is Cheyenne hunt and right up 15 miles northwest that’s where we live I’m sure you can see that right Denver a course right there so it gives us a sense of place and how we fit into that place and if you notice the the area out here where we call it high altitudes and low multitudes and great attitudes you can see that the Society for keeping everybody east of the Mississippi has been largely successful yeah I’m a charter member of that organization so I’m going to hit this pretty fast I’m supposed to stay within a time constraint i hope i do i hope for your sake that I do so i’ll talk about technology and government and i’m going to talk specifically about connecting people places in policy and how we connect to each other and how we make things work my experience was that information in context is important we all are overwhelmed with data with information how do you put it in context so that we can all make decisions so we can make things happen that serve the people we’re here to serve well technology infrastructure can be a powerful platform to do that i use infrastructure in its whole concept the hardware the software the people all the things that make it work the the policies even behind it so you have to have the policy in there as well and i note for decision makers here as well as for everyday activities we are all decision makers a lot of what the people in this conference do in particular are either to benefit from someone who’s doing the work through technology has that type of decision maker or they’re making decisions that will affect the people that are being served so it’s both for governmental as well as everyday activities and in serving and ever increasing public expectation it’s hard to keep ahead of them but it’s it’s a good challenge to have if you don’t take anything away from this conference from my presentation it’s about information integration we should not be gathering information for our organization or our applications on our own because everything we do is affected by or effects someone else make sure that that information is in context it’s integrated it’s not an option it’s a necessity cross-boundary collaboration for better planning modeling in action and the ever increasing presence on the web now in addition to that how do we prepare for the impact of mobile the smartphone technology everybody expects a lot from this anymore it’s addictive isn’t it and how do we stay ahead of that so my journey was discovering the importance of the right technology purpose over process what does government really good at process what does government really not so good at why am I here purpose why am I doing this my director Family Services one day in the budget review I was doing with her one of the things that she was asking for what was more bit beds at the youth treatment center in Casper Wyoming and I said for what and she’s well we have more youth we need to treat him we need more beds for that and I said for what what do you want this money for she kind of looked at me and she says I don’t get it I said isn’t your goal in life to eliminate the need for beds for youth now let’s figure out how we can get there you might need more now but isn’t your goal so that’s the purpose the process was I need more beds apply to your own situation and ask yourself am I focus more on process on compliance is this what government is best at then it’s doing the wrong thing focus on purpose and then make things happen in a better way the importance of having senior executives to connect technology with policy you can implement technology in the worst of ways be aware of that especially if you have senior executives that aren’t aware of the better way to use it they might buy you something you can’t use or they make the comment like one school board member said to me one time well I don’t know why we need replace these Apple computers they’ve done really well for the last seven years yeah they were still Apple tues until it’s a time and how we have

tremendous benefit when we leverage each other’s information and knowledge that set integration aspect again collaboration and making it available to the public so strategy developing interagency and private business cooperation you will do best when you engage beyond governments circle promoting the connectivity infrastructure by services not stuff was my experience in government that the more government bought in the form of technology that behind er it got because it would not maintain or operate the infrastructure in its most current state technology sticks quicks is so quick to change so if you want to keep pace you have to balance out how much technology should I be procuring and how much should i procure services that include a technology base ask yourself that question if you’re in government stick to your confidence and competencies do what you do best and let others provide the services that can help you do that from an executive perspective technology properly implemented changes how they should think decide and act so you look at the left side of the maybe that’s left brain right brain I’m not sure measure predict analyze prepare and plan those are great things to do before you beside act and manage what too many executives do they have an anecdote they said well I remember back when they decide the Act they manage and then they discover they should have measured predicted analyzed prepared planned but the precursor to all of that is data one of the questions earlier was how do you maintain all the data sets you need to do what you do in your particular city state or local government that data is so essential if you don’t have it if it’s not current if it’s not a thora tative it doesn’t matter how good you are at preparation and planning you’re going to make a decision it isn’t necessarily the best I cannot overemphasize that know what they do you need to know what you can get and know that there are sources beyond what you need to pay for there’s a lot of data that you can use but just assure its authoritative pneus so for senior executives they probably don’t fully grasp the technology or the applications that you’re using or the digital data that goes down or how it works they just want it to work now what’s the best way to engage them if they don’t understand the technology I put everybody in in my administration at a disadvantage because I I could be my own CIO in fact my criteria for hiring a CIO is he better know more than I did and I don’t know that much but executives want it to work so let me tell you one really good thing you can do with anybody that you work with it’s going to make decisions it affects you give them a story to tell and story maps are the most powerful way give them something they can put on their iPad and go up to one of their colleagues and say let me show you this you ought to see governor Hickenlooper do that he’s just going through real quick let me show you this you have them a story to tell I’ll talk a little bit about broadband and connectivity as we approached broadband in Wyoming we said you know it’s not going to get there if we aren’t the anchor tenant in government there are so many things that we are doing in the state that are far flung we need to keep up with our regional governmental offices but look at all the local offices that need help as well in the schools and special districts same here in Colorado if the state installed a base of broadband and local government could pay an incremental cost to get on businesses could individuals could I think that’s still the best concept but state as the anchor tenant doesn’t mean the state owns that broadband the state assures its installation and I want to make that differentiation so I operated on a basis at the underpinning to economic growth however it might occur in Wyoming however people decided not to be the next big economy economic growth in Wyoming the best thing we could do is provide an information connectivity infrastructure to help that that happen it’s all about productivity and innovation innovation isn’t always technology innovation is how you use technology for something that’s innovative so productivity and innovation applies to government egovernment as well to meet citizen expectations and especially to assure quality of service now we’re here talking about the color of the state internet portal Authority and I thought I’d see a little something about portals and portholes a porthole is very like you get a view it’s a passive experience a portal is an entry point the beginning of an active engagement is very dynamic it’s engaging and the question is when you put up your website when sepa is operating its activities is it a passive experience or is it dynamic and engaging so every one of you get say contract a CIPA or are

changing your web page or are designing an actual portal for the repository of information or negative make sure you understand the difference between portal and a porthole you don’t want to be sitting out on the outside saying I wish I could get in there I wish I could influence what’s going on in there and that influence is the number one criteria that the public will be looking at use your technology to flatten the organization every person can add value but don’t put so many of your workers in a situation where they’re doing repetitive tasks help them understand that they can be innovative help them work themselves out of their current job help them with education and training so that they’re always looking with some anticipation about what can I do next I’ve mastered this can I go on and help somebody else as I move up and you can eliminate or reduce transactions that transaction thing that becomes again very predictable repetitive can be enhanced through technology you move everyone else up to a higher level of productivity and enable the customer to take charge of the transaction I’ll talk specifically about education now because it was one of the big drivers of how we implemented technology back when I was in office and how it continues to be upgraded today I believe South Dakota was the first under governor Janklow to connect their schools to the Internet we did one up on him we connected to the internet shortly after that but we also connected our schools to each other so that they could be sharing back and forth I’ll tell you it’s pretty limited but it fascinating to see it happen this was nineteen ninety-six sub 20 years ago the very first internet browser Netscape had only occurred two years before that can you imagine that time it’s hard to understand remember when everybody walked around with sony walkman instead of one of these with mp4 well whatever it was anyway we included k12 and higher education in school finance litigation for those of you who have been legislators you’re either being sued or going to be sued over k-12 education finance well our first go-around was on equity of funding we have to have equal funding for all of our schools in their districts got that all settled and now I have to have equity of opportunity what’s that mean that means that in Cheyenne or in high school there might be 144 course offerings for the students that are there and over in Big Piney or Meeteetse or save something like Burlington or Wellington in Colorado they only have 44 course offerings where is the opportunity for them to have the same access to education that became the major driver to what we did to up the connection speed this is a snapshot in time if when I was in office and the aspirations that we had into 90s we manage the first tube our schools were connected k 12 at 56 kilobytes per second that’s pretty dismal that’s that’s a low quality telephone modem today and we are just so proud that our community colleges had t1 lines that’s pretty cool and hearing you look on down our aspiration and was to get up to what we called OC 3 155 if you’re downloading from netflix took four minutes to download it to our video that was amazing blazing speed well today here’s the aggregation of our schools around Wyoming and now this is not kilobytes per second this is per student this is the actual ax access to usable information through connectivity whether it be with other schools with each other searching on the web downloading courses that’s where it was so of our 48 school districts they were all in that lowend range today we’re migrating up and it’s getting to be better and better and the goal is equity of opportunity so the students have the opportunity both in school and at home because the broadband is being extended not just to the schools it’s also being extended to the communities and now we have the process of implementing the 100 gigabit network statewide and that that follows through on my aspiration way back when to underwrite economic growth why not have the best connectivity that anybody could have the Giga pop along the Front Range is connected with us we have the lambda network that connects all the research institutions going across southern Wyoming when we first started putting some of our network in there were a number of fiber companies wanting to lay their fiber lines across Wyoming and they would come to us because they had to cross some our state school sections of land and they wanted to pay just a nominal fee for disrupting soil as they laid the fiber and I say well we won’t give you permission to do that unless you give us some drops give us a pop we got five pops across the state we said you know if you don’t want to do this that’s fine but you can jog around every one of our school sections and you’ll pay a whole lot more than just giving us

a drop pretty good deal and I would never have envisioned 100 gigabit network statewide and yet that’s where we’re going today that then enables us to more effectively use technology so now let me shift to this whole notion of what GIS is what does Ezra do what it I didn’t know what Israel was when I first started using GIS I was just fascinated by the notion that you could take layers would have mounted to map layers put them on top of a map and as they build you see relationships you didn’t ever notice before that’s where visualization can be so powerful but what had helped us to do is to understand priorities so let me put another thought in your mind this is not about technology in government it’s about solutions solutions purpose purpose solution and in process being technology as part of that data that relates to one discipline can be link to other data simply by its location if you want to know how to maintain your data make sure it always has a location reference of whatever kind latitude longitude postal code street address anything that identifies location can be converted into a map that shows the interrelationship or impact on other things that’s what integration is about so for me GIS became a platform to understand how things were interconnected everything you do is somewhere and affect something else the where is the key adding value not cost through technology technology properly implemented doesn’t always save money but it can add value and that would that would be the criteria as your senior executives say well if we’re going to implement this technology how much money is it going to save me the other way to look at it is I have obligations to do this much in my office I can only do this much I can through technology elevate the value that’s added with no additional cost or minimal additional cost so you measure the value added not just the money saved typically governmental organizations are in the left side model here call them hierarchical everything funnels to the top and you hope the person at the top makes the right decision they’re independent silos oftentimes not working together and if you ever want to know if you’re aware of whether or not you’re working in a silo find out who you could have met I remember one day introducing several people who’d worked in Workforce Services who worked in the same building had never met the idea is that planning operations and management ought to be done in a collaborative way and that’s what technology today has had a significant impact on having something that we could call it the cloud we could call it through information sharing but whatever we talked about it though shared resources in collaboration provide for much better networked decision making and how we can enable that through collaboration now you remember that that picture I showed you before of all the empty spaces in the West although out of that in many ways is in the next few charts I’m going to show this is the oil and gas plays around the primarily United States it filters on up in the canada and the rest of North America the oil and gas wells a shale plays big talk here in our western region it’s also quite big in the east but there’s a dramatically different approach to how that’s that’s operated and a lot of it relates to land ownership patterns this is just a map of the federal ownership of lambs in the United States as low as less than three percent in Texas just looking at east area west of the Mississippi now I guess as high as 90 percent federal ownership in Nevada I think Colorado is roughly over thirty percent Wyoming a little over forty percent but the patterns that are there are pretty dramatic we intersperse if you look across southern Wyoming and you’ll see kind of I don’t know if how well you could see it the checkerboard pattern for the federal government allocated alternating sections 20 miles either side of the railroad track to Union Pacific you have state federal private lands all interspersed and so the responsibilities for resource development are concurrent not exclusive yet there is an assertion in many cases by the federal government they should control the entire process for how this is developed well that has an impact on economic and social issues locally any of you that ever worked in county or state government and know the impact of the NEPA review the National Environmental Policy Act that act as it’s worded is beautifully worded it calls for collaboration for economic and social societal benefits engaging local government and it’s not often done that way it’s often done through the courts it’s not the act it’s the actors that fix that and one of the most the biggest frustration I had with our federal

partners as they worked with us in wyoming was the state managers and the national managers would schedule time with my scheduler Christie would say well what he want to talk to the governor about well I want to update him i said christie tell them i don’t want to be updated that has a wrong connotation i want to be a partner i want to be involved think about that as you provide services don’t just update the people and what you’re doing engage them to where they feel involved that applies at every level so I mentioned NEPA cooperation with state and local governments maintained conditions on which we can have productive harmony societal economic and other requirements and for current and future generations the act is great usually tied up in the courts takes too long costs too much spawns unending litigation in consistently implemented this is what I told a congressional committee back in 1998 hasn’t changed a whole lot that we did I would say that we were able to get cooperating agency status you notice that cooperation with state and local governments the cooperating agencies prior to our insistence were all federal agencies cooperating we said you’re impacting us we want our counties to have a cooperating agency status to be involved with the scoping document with the presentation what brought them all together was GIS mapping I never knew at the time just how powerful that was going to be and as we went through that process and of course whether it be energy development or anything else that’s going on in our state’s we need to understand what’s going on in the environment around us and so I’m going to shift now to talking about some of the issues that are impacted that can be understood in context such as the environment water challenges pollution ecologically significant areas the threatened and endangered species that have to be accounted for managing land information if we’re doing partial analysis and we know there’s going to be energy development who owns the parcels well it goes beyond just that an energy if we’re going to manage our jurisdictions well we have to understand the impact on taxing we need a tax parcel viewer the previous presentation and panel that was in here talked about the assessor’s office maintaining data in that regard also Urban and Regional Planning so what I’m just giving you a quick review of it or all the ways that you can use technology with visualizations so that you can understand not just these individual applications such as land use and zoning but as you do those and you can pull any others what the impact on the environment what’s the impact on other activities such as transportation can we go ahead and put all the utilities in before we pave the road the answer should be yes right you’re supposed to laugh at that I know it’s pretty weak where was I hell yes I threw the one in here for real time snowplows we’re going to be doing that come tonight it sounds like up in Wyoming health is another big issue that a lot of us deal with either directly or indirectly this is a map again it’s a visualization of people who are uninsured in the counties in our country the dark blue are the the greatest number of uninsured population wise in those situations the reason for putting this up is not only to talk about health but to say all of a sudden you say whoa there is a lot of difference in how those come about now what’s happening in areas where you have the highest uninsured rate as well as the lowest right adjacent to each other some of those things start to pop out I’ve done the same thing with education and schools that are high performing or low performing then you have to understand human health patterns that could lead to that so it’s not just the availability of health care it’s the economic situation that might put people in that situation of being uninsured or the elderly or chronic disease there’s also public safety and security all the way from political conventions to fire response fraud online fishing fraud that goes on with telephone oh those robo calls are driving me nuts anymore aren’t they for you to Rancho Cucamonga has done a lot with Public Safety with their Public Works dashboard their executive dashboard for fire and police and the call type from their public access points you introduced this thought because the dashboard is a way that you can effectively maintain and monitor what’s going on in a particular jurisdiction or category but then all of a sudden pull somebody else someone else’s dashboard up and say how am I affecting you and one of the ways you’ll discover how you should have planned for working together is in responding to disaster I’m sure any of you that have gone through like the color of the floods in 2013 or snow storms are any major event fires forest fires that collaboration is so important and it cos a stir can take any kind of a form severe weather included

how can we work together it can all start with the source materials that can be published to a web map you can incorporate apps and mobile devices gathering field information so that the users needs are met the operational awareness on the right is usually the joint operation center but you also want to allow for those people who are out in the field both gathering as well as receiving information and have it all consistent and integrated and then having a public-facing activity so really what you ought to do when you plan for disaster response is start on the right side of this and work backwards who are we trying to serve what are they expecting to be able to use how can we best communicate visualization what are the source materials I need now how do i maintain that and the worst time to take your disaster response plan off the shelf is when the disaster happens it better be taken off the shelf and used before you even have one community inclusion in Colorado is a disaster response I’d call it a briefing book that can be used to help identify the vulnerable populations in Colorado and what could be done to mitigate the impact on them of any type of disaster so I introduced that thought is first of all identifying the vulnerable populations but second of all using a briefing book so that the people who are engaged in the disaster response know what’s going on real time at all the time on an electronic device so it’s not just a paper map I won’t spend much time on water by water in the West whiskeys for drinkin waters for fighting the code of the West is you can steal the man’s horse you can steal a man’s wife you still is water you pay with his with your life I will throw some of these up each one of these has a web link to a story map or some other thing you can have access to those lengths Jeremiah we hold up your hand if they have questions that I can’t answer talk to Jeremiah he’s got the answer and he had some a great panel with Aurora city of Thornton and Weld County some great examples in the previous panel here too so I’ll talk a little bit more about story maps in addition to the ones that they put up in the services they’re providing the Gillette water supply project that was put online both the managers as well as the public could see what the progress was it came in under cost in less time than projected everybody was happy and they could not only operate the electric power generation station but they could drink water we have an ever-increasing mobile workforce for incident reporting work order management updating things in the field be prepared to handle that and be prepared to take citizen input in addition to all the other so all citizens now become part of your workforce if they’re willing and able to respond through your portal so citizen engagement the use of open data you don’t have to do everything all the analytics in your particular department enable the citizen with apps that they are either going to use and teach you how to use or vice versa so that you can gain public comment enhance your crime reporting understand what can be going on in your community one of my best examples of citizen engagement are these young people up in waterville elementary school in a state of Washington waterville is a small town kind of like some of our small towns here in Colorado I mentioned Burlington and Wellington earlier I’d say it’s probably Birmingham is a typical example of what water bill is these are second and fourth grade students who partnered up with farmers who were being in a sense threatened by the Fish and Wildlife Service to threat depth shut down their farming operations because of the horny toad which is a threatened and endangered specie up there and a couple of other things to boot the kids with her teachers motivation went out and documented the habitat the population count and a migration and gathered information it was profoundly different from what the Fish and Wildlife Service had and it was authenticated they briefed the town council they briefed the county commissioners and they briefed the fish and wildlife service and they developed a plan where the farmers could go on farming and look what the students learned they understood science math technology reading writing presentation social studies that’s the whole thing right there he learned through doing it was just a wonderful thing to think about third grade students doing the same thing there a third grade students sharing her documentation of the life cycle of a migration of salmon so if you think you’re smarter than a 5th grader how about a third grader well I’m going to talk a little bit about open data sets that are out there right now Wyoming has its state wide open data set as I mentioned the three presentations earlier from her aura Thornton and Weld County here’s a few more is anybody here from Rob County I’m going to probably out there and that in the video land I

suppose Douglas County first check yeah Jack’s favorite County right now Cheyenne received a excellence in GIS award if you want to go to their website for their story map it’s a really neat story map presentation if you want an example but one of the coolest ones today is the boulder valley comprehensive plan and if you want to talk about citizen engagement and updating things to authenticate and provide a very effective approach go to that particular story map there is a link on this presentation but I don’t have time to go through it or checking on what the cidade is doing with their projects and of all things Congress has caught on thanks a lot to governor Trish of Idaho who said I ought to be able to tell what’s going on with fires real time in my state that was his entry point he was governor before that and he really drove this whole concept he was briefing his fellow senators and representatives and they said oh I want to do that well don’t let Congress embarrass you and get something better than what you’ve got just stay one step ahead of your people in Congress jack has made some reference to cloud computing and I’m going to say yes it’s probably one of the best choices you can make if you do it right with that qualifier I’m a proponent of cloud computing there’s so much going on out there with mobile technology with apps the rate of change hardware software personnel big data the Internet of Things being able to use traffic sensors video for traffic control and easing congestion ‘he’s think of all the different ways that we’re getting these new technology enabled devices and how much data that’s going to overwhelm us how are we going to deal with that you’ve got to have capacity to do that beyond what you currently have and if you’re doing it through a local server you’re probably going to get behind really fast and you’re probably going to have a lot of frustrations so take a look at it think what you can do about it to assure not only that you can get things done but assure its secure cyber security is a key element there i would say again by services not stuff but make sure you do it right so how can you how can you approach it I would ask these questions here you are you’re going to entrust your most important asset your data your information to a third party but you’re only untrusting it to them to maintain and to provide an environment where you can run applications so you can ask them is my data going to be secure will it be more secure than my own in-house system get them to demonstrate that for you if I surrender control of my information now remember it’s not information you’re surrendering you’re surrendering it to a repository you still have full control over it and how it’s used so you might ask not only where you’re going to be securing these cloud services if it’s okay you have to ask yourself now am i hesitating because it’s a psychological hurdle or is it actually a definable risk what is my wrist do your risk assessment now is the last step just that I if I let go of it and somebody else uses it if it’s open data to the public and they can use it all of a sudden I’ve lost my reason for being here ooh control government is so hesitant to turn loose because somebody might modify their data but I think moreso government is hesitant because if you don’t need me anymore now what that’s why I made the comment earlier if you found a way for somebody else to do your task you have to be moving up and adding more value use that criteria do you still have complete control of an access to and use of the data if the answer is yes I’d say you’re on your way to being a supporter of cloud computing with all of that there’s a lot of solution templates that are out there I I say go for it because you don’t have to be a programmer anymore you can just adapt someone else’s great idea to your own has governors we used to steal each other’s good ideas improve on them and act like what you were the originator of the whole thing you know it’s sleep ready to use best practices that’s that that’s a great part let somebody else make the mistakes and then you go ahead and use for your own benefit a lot of different solution products that are out there so that’s where I would leave you with this final thought as you use technology in government make sure you have standards use an enterprise approach and that’s a different way of saying collaboration and integration make sure all the pieces fit together that you’re working across boundaries use a lot of commercial off-the-shelf software if you’re modifying or customizing or even starting technology from the grassroots if you’re the only one that understands it you have a legacy of a mess that you’re passing on to somebody else I bought too many systems like that or inherited that more than I bought them i don’t think i

bought actually any of them try to do something that’s already commercially available and just modify it to add taylor it I’d say Taylor is the best term interoperable open make sure you have security systems in place what your policies are for guiding the procurement and operation of the technology then provide for the criteria and the protocols for what data should have public access and which require protection and if you’re in doubt err on the side of public access so the whole idea of technology and in this case what my route my experience was the use of GIS as a part of that whole technology platform it creates the connection across organizations so it at the heart of it is that cloud with all kinds of information sharing for business startups for academics the education side NGOs on governmental organizations certainly citizens utilities businesses governments if we all work together we have one heck of a community we have a sense of community spirit and when we see mutual benefit in the process of doing that we fully understand what collaboration and innovation are about with that that’s my story and I’m sticking to it thank you I’m not that good yes sir that’s a good question what were some of my strategies to get different governmental organizations to work in the same direction and it wasn’t just state government I actually had better cooperation from the state because that was the first governor to use a cabinet form where we got everybody together and said we’re gonna how we’re going to do this but it wasn’t that easy i convened what I called the governor’s kitchen table and I invited federal agencies like the regional managers I invited County Commissioners I invited our state agencies the game and fish department of health environment and I use the concept of a kitchen table because in the West you know we’re all kind of the same way if you’re driving past somebody’s house and you have it something you need to discuss with him more often than not in my experience you pulled in the yard hooked your heels over the bumper and you kind of talk things through or went in for coffee yeah when you go to a friend’s house and you have quite a gathering there where do people always end up in the kitchen what is it about the kitchen I said there must be a secret their number one be a convener that was what was the result what led to the result be a convener pull the people in have them have a have them share what they’re working on and all of a sudden somebody says well I could help you with that that was our situation when I asked how come each of these agencies are all gathering sets of data that seemed overlap they say well you don’t know what I need I said well did you ever ask all of a sudden they discovered we could combine our data gathering we could share it I’m not losing control I’m gaining more benefit so in that convening you quickly discover I have the ability to affect you and you affect me and we both add value when you finally get to that point then you then they’re willing to work together they have to see mutual benefit before they’re willing to do it but you start with a convening it could be a commissioner could be a mayor head of a department there’s any number of ways legislators can be convenors so that’s that would be my cue that’s how we approached it anyone else okay jack governor I want to thank you so much i love the whole concept of is it a portal or is it a porthole sometimes we we view life technology and we have to ask ourselves are we looking through a portal or a porthole that’s that’s a great concept governor we wanted to give you a quick little thank you for your presentation today a memory of Colorado that’d be a great one it’s not get out of jail free use it no no thank you thank you so a couple of things that that I I want to cover quickly first box lunches if you have a box lunch and you’re finished with it if you will just either put it in the trash or stack it next to the trash as as you depart that would be appreciative the cleaning crew is off today so if you can help us with that that would that would be great in

addition to that I want to say that you know Greg you have been our executive director for three different occasions I failed to recognize my own chair of the board lui la go so I would get that resume dusted off again I also want to thank our sponsors if you look in your agenda our sponsors are are listed we certainly couldn’t provide today without our sponsors they’ve helped us with lunches and breaks and will help us with our evening festivities so again thank you I especially want to thank our three gold level sponsors so that would be Colorado interactive Genesis and iced honest thanks to the three of them we we certainly appreciate