Government Technology Magazine has named its top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in the nation for 2010 and the City of Arvada’s Information Technology (IT) Director Michele Hovet has made the list.
Hovet is among a prestigious group including governors and IT directors for such large organizations as the City of San Francisco and the State of Utah.
The magazine states, “IT Director Michele Hovet is a rising star in local government IT, thanks to her knack for promoting communication among local IT leaders and deploying leading-edge technology in small cities.”
Arvada has a long history of technology achievements, having been a top-ten finisher in the Center for Digital Government's Digital Cities Survey the past five years, including a second-place ranking in 2009.
Hovet is vice chair of the Government Shared Services Council, a subcommittee of the Colorado Government Association of Information Technology. In this capacity, she has aggressively advocated for a local government cloud through which Colorado cities and counties could share services.
Hovet and her fellow council members envision an arrangement in which one city or county hosts e-mail services for others, while another hosts financial services, and so on. She states, “I don't think the economy is going to allow us to sustain the single IT model that we've seen in local government.”
As Arvada’s IT Director, Hovet is putting the City on equal footing with bigger cities like San Francisco and New York City that are embracing the “open data” trend. She is investigating emulating a contest conducted by Washington, D.C. called Apps for Democracy, where residents earn prizes for creating innovative applications using city data. “I envision publishing that data and hopefully coming up with a way to use the data in a way we wouldn't have thought of,” she said.
Of the designation as a top 25 Doer, Dreamer, and Driver, Hovet stated, “This recognition is much more about the incredible staff of Arvada’s IT Department than it is about me.”
Since 2002, the March issue of Government Technology has been devoted to listing the 25 people who cut through the public sector's infamous barriers to innovation -- tight budgets, organizational inertia, politics as usual, etc. -- to reshape government operations for the better.
2010 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers