Tech 'pioneers' honored
- By Nicholas Morehead
- Apr 04, 2001
A group charged with advising municipalities on technology has recognized
three local government officials for their leadership in technology.
Public Technology Inc. has given Technology Leadership Awards to:
* Lance Hedquist, city administrator of South Sioux City, Neb.
* Steve Meisburg, city commissioner for Tallahassee, Fla.
* Sally Glora, Boston's city auditor and administrative information
systems project manager.
"PTI has spent the past 30 years emphasizing the use of technology
in local government," said Costis Toregas, PTI president. "And these three
have and continue to fall in line with this emphasis."
Since being elected Tallahassee city commissioner in 1987, Meisburg
helped develop the city's 1995 telecommunications strategic plan. Meisburg
also was instrumental in creating the city's Freenet community-based ISP
and Learnitnow.net (www.learnitnow.net) that seeks to develop the technological
skills of city workers.
Glora, Boston city auditor for 11 years, led the initiative to replace
and integrate the city's core financial and human resource administrative
applications. As project manager for the Boston administrative information
systems, Glora has worked toward improving the city's interdepartmental
connectivity with the help of a large-scale relational database.
Hedquist, city commissioner of South Sioux City since 1980, was largely
responsible for projects that resulted in the city's recognition as one
of the nation's most progressive technology communities by the National
League of Cities.
Under Hedquist's administration, South Sioux City connected local schools,
homes and businesses to a virtual library as well as billing and meter reading
services. Other accomplishments include a public/private "FreeNet" Web site
(www.sscdc.net) to improve government accessibility
and a paperless city council complete with a publicly posted agenda.
PTI (www.pti.org), the technology division of the
National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and the
International City/County Management Association, is a national organization
dedicated to furthering the use of technology in cities and counties and
among their elected officials and professional representatives.
The winners will join 11 local governments that were awarded PTI's 2001
Solutions Award for applying technology in innovative ways to serve the
public. The awards will be presented April 20 in Atlanta at PTI's annual