Connecting state and local government leaders
Starting Thursday, Los Angeles County plays host to the National Association of Counties annual gathering. On Friday, Executive Editor Michael Grass will moderate panel discussions at NACo’s Technology Innovation Summit. Watch it live.
This week, the nation’s county government community will be gathering for the National Association of Counties 81st Annual Conference and Exposition in Long Beach, California, which starts Thursday and wraps up on Monday.
Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous county jurisdiction with around 10 million residents, is playing host to this year’s conference of county government officials, employees and stakeholders.
On Friday morning, Route Fifty Executive Editor Michael Grass (Twitter: @mgrass) will be moderating the second day of NACo’s Technology Innovation Summit starting at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT, which will be livestreamed. (The first part starts Thursday at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT, moderated by Stephen Goldsmith, the director of Innovations in American Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and former Indianapolis mayor and New York City deputy mayor.)
On Friday’s summit stage, Grass is scheduled to speak with a variety of thought leaders, including Maury Blackman, president and CEO of Accela, who will be delivering the breakfast keynote. Following that, he’ll host a panel discussion on cognitive government featuring Jeff Rogers, director of cognitive government solutions at IBM North America, and Carmen Suárez, director of the Enterprise Architecture Services Division for Miami-Dade County; another panel discussion on the future of data sharing and health with Rebecca Little, senior vice president for business development and innovation with Aetna.
Also on Friday morning, Grass will also moderate two town hall sessions on cybersecurity, featuring Ricardo Lafosse, chief information security officer, Cook County, Illinois; Steven Hurst, director of state, security services and technology, AT&T; Tim Hastings, director of state, local government and education consulting services, Mandiant; Kevin Haley, director of security response at Symantec; Dave Stern of the Department of Homeland Security’s state and local cybersecurity engagement program; Hannes Zacharias, county administrator, Johnson County, Kansas; Erin Dayton, senior program specialist, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center; and Steve Reneker, chief information officer, Riverside County, California.