ThirdWave President/CEO invited to speak at Southern California Latino Policy Center Conference on E-Government
June 9, 2015
Southern California Latino elected officials and policy makers gathered at Cal State LA under the banner of “21st Century Cities and Schools.” Hosted by the Southern California Latino Policy Center, the event explored a number of timely topics related to leveraging technology. Key issues were addressed by elected officials, policy makers, and industry leaders from the private sector. Overriding themes addressed in a series of presentations and workshops included deploying emerging technologies into cities, school districts and low-income communities.
ThirdWave President/CEO Roy Hernandez, a visionary in the area of E-Government, lent his 28 years of experience and 123 Information Technology Strategic Planning projects for local government to a panel labeled “Wired Cities.” Panelist included Norma Fernandez from EveryoneOne, who stressed the importance of bridging the digital divide especially in working-class Latino communities, Santa Ana City Councilmember Michele Martinez who emphasized the “need to engage constituents by being innovative and using technology” and South Gate City Manager Michael Flad.
Hernandez reviewed best practice methodologies for strategic planning leading to transformational change in local government. He underscored the importance of developing a technology roadmap allowing cities to eliminate technology silos and make the best use of limited financial and human resources. He underscored the critical importance of leveraging online services to engage the public and improve customer services, because as Hernandez stated, "the overriding objective of local government is to ensure that emerging technologies are truly responsive to the needs of California communities."