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The annual Central Texas Regional CIO Conference brings local government IT leaders together to discuss timely topics of interest for their organizations. The educational and interactive format provides a forum for collaboration and mutual support among regional CIOs and their staffs to more effectively meet the IT needs of their agencies and stakeholders.

A message from our Keynote Speaker

The Central Texas Regional CIO Conference is a high point of the year for me to meet with my peers, share our challenges, learn what works, strengthen our regional collaborations and hear from leading service providers in an intimate setting.

– Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin


Stacey Wright - Keynote

Stacey Wright - Keynote

Director of Partnerships at MS-ISAC/EI-ISAC, former Director of Cyber Intelligence

Stacey A. Wright, CISSP, is the Director of Partnerships at the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®) and Elections Infrastructure ISAC® (EI-ISAC®), which are part of the non-profit CIS®. Her focus is on bringing new cybersecurity information and resources to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. Previously, Stacey was the Director of Cyber Intelligence, where she built the Intel Team. Under her guidance, the team published more than 300 reports per year, providing timely, actionable, unbiased SLTT government and elections-focused insight. In addition to her work at CIS, Stacey teaches two graduate cybersecurity and threat intelligence classes at the State University of New York. Prior to her employment at CIS, Stacey was the Cyber Intelligence Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Albany Division, where she was responsible for coordinating the local cyber intelligence program and served as the FBI's liaison to the MS-ISAC. Stacey began her career as an Information Systems Specialist for the Cambridge, MA, Public Safety departments. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a formally trained Intelligence Analyst and a national speaker on cybercrime.

Dave Fletcher

Dave Fletcher

Chief Technology Officer, State of Utah

David Fletcher is currently the Chief Technology Officer of the State of Utah where he oversees the State’s digital government initiatives and coordinates the introduction of new innovation, as well as the state’s technical architecture program. David has a long history of involvement with technology initiatives, having previously served as director of the state’s Division of Information Technology, Deputy CIO over egovernment, and Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Administrative Services. During his tenure with the State of Utah, he has promoted the use of technology to improve citizen and business interaction with state government. Utah now offers over 1400 interactive online citizen and business services through its award-winning portal, Utah.gov. Many of these services have become the primary channel for service delivery. David has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.


Chuck Brotherton

County Executive, Emergency Services, Travis County

Chuck Brotherton is the County Executive, Emergency Services for Travis County, Texas. As the fifth most populous county in the state, home to the state capital of Austin, with major technology and healthcare industry employers, Travis County offers a multitude of opportunities for successful public and private partnerships.
In addition to the challenges presented by its large areas of rural and urban space, Travis County sits at the heart of central Texas’ “flash flood alley,” in a region that’s also prone to significant wildfires. Travis County Emergency Services comprises the County’s offices of Emergency Management, the Fire Marshal, and the Medical Examiner, as well as a Clinical Performance and Education team that oversees medical direction for County first responders, and STAR Flight, a one-of-a-kind, publicly-operated HEMS (for helicopter emergency medical services) program that also serves the region with search-and-rescue, hoist-rescue, and fire-fighting capabilities. The Emergency Services executive represents the County on the governing boards of two large intergovernmental public safety projects that include Travis County as a major partner: The Combined Transportation, Emergency, and Communications Center, and the Greater Austin-Travis County Regional Radio System.
With eighteen years of high-level management experience in emergency services and public safety technology, Chuck has dedicated his career to working with elected and appointed officials, public safety chiefs, emergency managers, first responders, telecommunicators, technicians, and equipment manufacturers and vendors to improve public safety for residents and visitors as well as the safety and effectiveness of first responders. Prior to his current role with Travis County, Chuck has acted as deputy chief information officer with City of Austin, managed two shared, regional public safety radio systems, chaired various regional planning committees, and overseen a variety of complex technology projects and multimillion dollar capital and operating budgets in positions with Travis County, City of Austin, and Maricopa County (Arizona).
Chuck Brotherton is a graduate of the University of Idaho and holds a Master of Mass Communications degree from the Cronkite School at Arizona State University.

Jerry Driessen

Jerry Driessen

Assistant Chief Information Officer, City of San Jose

Jerry Driessen is the Assistant CIO for the City of San Jose, Ca., having started in this role in March 2019. Jerry oversees the Business Solutions and Products-Projects Divisions for the City and plays various roles on several of the City’s innovation efforts.
Jerry has 25 years of public service experience. He moved to San Jose from Minnesota, where he was CIO for Hennepin County, the state’s largest local government. As CIO, Jerry was responsible for leading the county’s technology strategy and operations, as well as overseeing IT efforts with lines of business and their internal tech community.
Throughout his career, Jerry has demonstrated a commitment to public service and an ability to complete initiatives successfully. He has a strong background in maturing service delivery; promoting online and self-service capabilities; and leading transformation efforts through customer-focused IT.
Before his role as a CIO, he was the Director of Business Information for Hennepin County Public Safety; IT Division Manager in charge of strategic information technology initiatives (eGovernment, community fiber, and GIS); and was an Area Director of Juvenile Services in the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he was responsible for divisions providing residential treatment centers, a juvenile detention center, and juvenile probation.
Jerry’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Public Administration. He loves cooking and the outdoors, including horseback riding, fishing (especially ice fishing), and gardening.

Allan Martin

Allan Martin

Director Information Technology Services, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Allan Martin is the Director of the Information Technology Services Division of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). In his 17 plus years at DIR, Allan has managed or contributed to many of the major initiatives that DIR has undertaken with other agencies, including the Official Website of the State of Texas, the Texas Data Center Consolidation Project, and the pilot implementation of the Comptroller of Public Accounts PeopleSoft Financial and Human Capital Management Systems initiatives. Allan also provides outreach support for DIR’s Customer base as requested. Prior to his employment with the state, Allan's experience included over 20 years in IT consulting, software development, project management of major IT projects, and as an IT Director for a national firm.

Cory Wilburn

Cory Wilburn

Chief Information Officer, Texas General Land Office

Cory serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Information Resource Manager for the Texas General Land Office (GLO). The GLO has a diverse mission that includes managing a multibillion-dollar real estate trust that helps fund education, providing benefits to Texas veterans, protecting natural resources on the Texas coast, administering federal grant programs for disaster recovery, and managing historic treasures like the Alamo. As CIO, Cory and his team are responsible for all aspects of information technology for the agency’s different lines of business, from daily operations, to the delivery of innovative business solutions that drive the agency forward.
Cory has 20 years of experience in information technology, covering a wide range of roles that includes software development, project management, strategic planning, and enterprise architecture. He is passionate about aligning technology resources to an organization’s mission, and is focused on building a culture of continuous improvement. Cory has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

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Thursday, August 15

8:30 am Central

Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00 am Central

Opening Remarks

Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin

9:10 am Central

Keynote – Cyber Threat Landscape

Stacey Wright, Director of Partnerships at MS-ISAC/EI-ISAC, former Director of Cyber Intelligence

As technology touches every aspect of our lives and work, cybersecurity has become as critical as physical security. From malware to scams to targeted attacks, this presentation by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) will provide a detailed discussion of the current and emerging cyber threats to governments, with a focus on the impacts and what you can do about them.

9:50 am Central

AI and Government

Artificial intelligence is one of the most talked about technologies both inside and outside of government. From chatbots to predictive analytics, AI is rapidly embedding itself into governments across the globe. As with any new technology, there are more questions than answers, especially when we consider AI’s ultimate impact on government agencies and their workforces. This session dives into the latest advances in AI and what they might mean to your organization now and in the future.

Dave Fletcher, Chief Technology Officer, State of Utah

10:30 am Central

Networking Break

10:45 am Central

Follow-up Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence


Dave Fletcher, Chief Technology Officer, State of Utah


Stephen Elkins, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin

Allan Martin, Director Information Technology Services, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Charles Purma, IT Project Manager, City of Austin

Cory Wilburn, Chief Information Officer, General Land Office, State of Texas

11:30 am Central

Name Your Technology

Here’s where the sponsors get to strut! They each get two minutes to talk passionately about what they do and why it matters to you. These aren’t product pitches; they’re expressions of pride and brief glimpses into the future.

12:00 pm Central


12:45 pm Central

How to Do More – and Be More Competitive – with Less

As a former county CIO and current Assistant CIO with the City of San Jose, our featured speaker knows a thing or two about managing different-sized organizations and resources. There are a lot of similarities between Austin and San Jose – both are major tech hubs for starters. This session explores how to deal with a lean workforce, get more done with limited resources, and compete with local tech giants such as Apple and Google.

Jerry Driessen, Assistant Chief Information Officer, City of San Jose

1:30 pm Central

Follow-up Interactive Discussion

Facilitated by: Jerry Driessen, Assistant Chief Information Officer, City of San Jose

2:00 pm Central

Networking Break

2:15 pm Central

Public-Private Partnerships – Help Me Help You!

When the goal is to accelerate the pace of innovation and drive new services, it’s okay to admit you need a little help. You don’t have to do it alone! Many organizations have had success through strategic alliances with private industry. This session discusses how to invest in creative partnerships and get something big in return.

Chuck Brotherton, County Executive, Emergency Services, Travis County

Jason JonMichael, Assistant Director, Smart Mobility, Department of Transportation, City of Austin

2:50 pm Central

The Answer Is in the Room

All participants are invited to engage in an open discussion of opportunities to collaborate and improve effectiveness and efficiencies. The emphasis is on preparing for and leveraging topics discussed in previous sessions.

3:30 pm Central


Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.

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110 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

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110 E 2nd St
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