Prince George’s County, the second largest county in Maryland, does not have the budget that Washington, D.C. has, but CTO Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor has similar security concerns. “Our airports, waterways, and bridges are targets that could be used to get to the Capitol,” she notes, adding that her jurisdiction has dealt with hurricanes and blackouts in the past year alone.
“Data is coming in from so many different avenues, but it has to translate to relevant information,” she says. “How do you share data and make sure the right people get it?” She focused on data sharing and e-government during 2003, not only for her county’s 26 municipalities but also in the broader region. She’s active in the organization that brings together local and state IT directors. “We work as a team to understand the fiscal and administrative impact [of IT] to our respective counties,” she says.