Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group yesterday evening awarded City Director of Information Systems, Howard A. Stern, Ph.D., the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year award. The Director competed against four other finalists in the non-profit category and was chosen based on his success in carrying out key mayoral technology initiatives that improve neighborhood safety and enable employees to deliver services more efficiently and effectively.
“Over the past four years, I’ve charged our City directors with implementing an aggressive agenda that deploys 21st Century technologies to make our streets safer and government more efficient,” Ravenstahl said. “I want to thank Howard for his hard work and resolve in ensuring that Pittsburgh government is at the forefront of technology. I also must point out that it has taken a team of highly dedicated City directors and City employees who have worked tirelessly to streamline our operations and improve how we deliver services to residents.”
In awarding Director Stern, the PTC noted the implementation of the Mayor’s neighborhood camera project as a top accomplishment. In addition, PTC pointed to the City’s reduction of computer-related energy costs through innovative server virtualization technology.
Other key mayoral technology initiatives include: the implementation of the automated police reporting system (APRS), which allows officers to use in-car computers and printers to submit reports and generate tickets; and, the implementation of a new streamlined, web-based permitting system called Accela.
Co-hosted by the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group and the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the CIO of the Year program honors individual technology executives from industry, non-profit, academia, and government. Nominees, including chief information officers or those in equivalent positions, are recognized for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying their enterprise systems, future IT goals, management philosophy, and service to the industry and community.
Director Stern competed against four other finalists in the non-profit category including:
George W. Appley, Senior Vice President & CIO, Concurrent Technologies Corporation; Philip M. Komarny, Vice President for Information Technology, Seton hill University; Dr. Charles A. Mance, Vice President of University Technology Services, California University of Pennsylvania; and Dallas Smith, CIO, United Way of Allegheny County.