November 19, 2012 By Colin Wood
Denver, Colo., is looking for a new CIO.
Chuck Fredrick, who served as Denver's CIO and interim CIO for nearly two years, left public service to accept a job at a Denver-based company, according to the city. Fredrick, whose official last day with the city was Nov. 9, also served the city and county of Denver as deputy CIO and director of enterprise applications. Prior to his service in Denver, Fredrick served Douglas County, Colo., as deputy CIO and chief technology officer, and worked in several IT management positions at Nextel Communications.
“We greatly appreciate Chuck’s service to the city and county of Denver over the years,” said Press Secretary Amber Miller. “In his time with the city, he led Denver forward by defining a world-class technology department and the steps that we should take to reach that goal.”
Fredrick will be replaced by Michael Wright from the IT department as interim CIO until the mayor and senior staff identify the best candidate to fill the CIO position.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.