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Kentucky Digital Summit scheduled for May 5

Should IT leaders clam up or use the financial crisis to create game-changing innovations? That's one of the questions Harvard's Jerry Mechling will address as keynote speaker of this year's Kentucky Digital Government Summit.
Mechling, a lecturer in public policy at Harvard's prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government, will deliver the opening address at the May 5 event at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Mechling's presentation, according to Government Technology magazine, will focus on the risk and rewards of fundamentally changing how work is conducted and governed. He will also speak about the innovations of leaders and how to find support and resources needed to make things happen.
For the ninth consecutive year, Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) will partner with Government Technology Magazine and industry sponsors to host the one-day summit.
Lori Flanery, deputy secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and acting COT commissioner, said the event provides an opportunity for state and local government technology leaders from across the commonwealth to gather and share ideas on crucial IT issues.
State and local government agencies in Kentucky are increasingly turning to technology to reduce government operating costs, Flanery said.
"This gathering of IT leaders from across the commonwealth will provide a forum for collaboration on technology solutions and fiscally sound business practices," Flanery said.
Also on the agenda, Al Collins, basketball coach at John Ehret High School in Marrero, La., and inspiration for the film "Hurricane Season." Collins will speak about overcoming adversity and turning tragedy into triumph.
Collins lost his home, money, facilities and just about everything he needed to do his job in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Collins shares his true story of leading his team of ten students from five rival schools before the storm and how they overcame their personal tragedies together to join forces and win the 2006 Louisiana State Basketball Championship.

Summit topics for the day will include:
* Working at a Distance: Tools, Technologies and Innovations
* Virtualization
* eDiscovery
* Working at a Distance: Policies and Management
* Web 2.0 and Social Networking
* Cloud Computing and Storage
* Next Generation Workforce
* Are Open Source and Freeware Suitable for Government?
* GIS Trends and Possibilities

The annual Best of Kentucky Technology Awards will be presented to recognize the most important and creative achievements in Information Technology. All levels of government are eligible for these awards.

Five awards will be presented this year in the following categories:
* Visionary
* Best App Serving the Public
* Most Innovative Use of Technology
* Best IT Collaboration
* Best Online Services

Nominations should be made by April 24. For more information on the awards, visit

For registration information, see Government Technology Magazine's Kentucky Digital Government Summit info page:


Last Updated 3/31/2009