Professional Development & Continuing Education Programs

Community Forum: "Virtual Briefing: What Pennsylvania State and Local Governments should Expect from IT During a Budget Crisis

06.24.2020 @ 12PM – 1PM
Webcast| Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

State and local governments are reacting to the COVID-19 crisis by shifting spend to more urgent priorities and turning to IT to contribute. During this crucial time, government leaders should utilize CIOs and IT leaders to renegotiate contracts with vendors, drive greater efficiency of the IT organization, and examine digital technology opportunities to optimize and transform government’s mission.

This invitation-only, video virtual briefing looks at how your government entity can use applications and digital tools to drive mission efficiency, as we examine a case study that defines what the “new normal” can be in response to the pandemic. 

  • Ensure potential budget cuts achieve their intent without unexpected impact 
  • Discover a large variety of cost-cutting options
  • Explore mission functions that IT and mission leaders should consider    

John Kost spent 20 years in government in the State of Michigan. He was the first State CIO in the US – appointed to the role in 1992.  He has been with Gartner for the past 17 years, mostly as an executive, but spending a large part of his time supporting elected and c-level government officials across the world. His primary areas of expertise include applying customer-centric approaches to digital government transformation as well as governance, consolidation/shared services, and the evolving role of the public sector CIO.

He has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelors of Political Science from the University of Michigan.  Despite his long history in Michigan, John also has a Pennsylvania connection – his oldest son graduated from Penn State in 2017 and is now thriving as a robotics engineer.  We are…!

John Kost

Distinguished Vice President, Gartner