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Atlanta creates CIO Advisory Board to help guide innovation

Atlanta’s new advisory board includes representatives from Delta Airlines, fast food chain Chick-fil-A and credit scoring firm Equifax.

 

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The Office of Atlanta Information Management (AIM) has created a new Chief Information Officer (CIO) Advisory Board, made up public and private sector leaders and academia.

 

The Board will work with the AIM team on Atlanta’s technology strategy, based on collaborative analysis of the city’s challenges.

 

A City of Atlanta statement said: “The members of the advisory board will provide forethought, innovative practices, community buy-in and investment opportunities amongst fellow strategic partners. This board of leaders will help influence the City of Atlanta’s innovation agenda and city-wide adoption of technology development and implementation through consultation.”

 

This board of leaders will help influence the City of Atlanta’s innovation agenda and city-wide adoption of technology development and implementation through consultation.

 

Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer, City of Atlanta said the Board will play a vital role in setting the strategic direction for innovation in Atlanta.

 

Brantley commented: “We’re thrilled to partner with these senior executives within top companies, whose deep experience will fuel our agenda and help shape the future of technology in the great City of Atlanta.”

 

Atlanta Chief Information Officer Advisory Board Members include:

  • Eric Anderson, Egon Zehnder
  • David Cummings, Atlanta Tech Village
  • Cynthia Curry, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Martin Davis, Southern Company
  • Michael "Mike“ Ebrick, Chick-fil-A
  • Jay Ferro, Quikrete
  • Roy Hadley, Adams and Reese LLP
  • Bryson Koehler, Equifax
  • Danielle McPherson, Delta Airlines
  • Gregory Morrison, Cox Enterprises
  • Krishnakumar "KK“ Narayanan, Delta Air Lines
  • Phil Ventimiglia, Georgia State University
  • Tye Hayes, City of Atlanta

 

The Atlanta Chief Information Officer Advisory Board will hold its first meeting in May.

 

Narayanan Krishnakumar, Chief Technology Officer, Delta Air Lines, said: “Atlanta has quickly earned its reputation as a tech hub thanks to the ever-growing innovation ecosystem that entrepreneurs, tech-focused corporations and higher education institutions foster through collaboration.

 

"I’m looking forward to being part of the Atlanta CIO Advisory Board with diverse thought leaders, as we explore how we can use technology to solve real challenges while bolstering the city’s approach to innovation for the benefit of Atlanta residents, visitors and businesses alike."

 

The Atlanta Chief Information Officer Advisory Board will hold its first meeting in May.

 

New partnerships

 

More cities are starting to set up formal collaboration mechanisms with the private sector.

 

In August, Seattle launched its first Innovation Advisory Council (IAC). The IAC, which includes Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft, recently outlined the seven priority projects it will work on and launched a new website where citizens can track progress.

 

Shortly before Seattle’s IAC was announced, Seattle City Council voted unanimously to approve imposing a ‘head tax’ on companies that gross over $20 million a year. Funds were to be used towards tackling challenges such as the city’s homelessness crisis.

 

However, the tax faced strong opposition from many of the businesses that would have been affected and a few weeks later it was repealed. A number of companies who were vocal against the head tax – including Amazon and Flying Fish – are members of Seattle’s IAC.

 

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