SOURCE: TechAmerica Foundation

TechAmerica Foundation

January 30, 2012 11:19 ET

Leading Cloud Thinkers to Government: Cloud Is Imperative for Better Collaboration, Better Service and Better Cost

TechAmerica Foundation's State & Local Government Cloud Commission Offers Best Practices for Adopting Cloud Computing by States and Localities -- Will Announce Findings at Silicon Valley; Event on February 16, 2012 -- Featuring California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2012) - On February 16, 2012, at an event in Silicon Valley, the TechAmerica Foundation's State and Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC) will release its much-anticipated recommendations on cloud computing deployments, including business and policy issues and technologies, to U.S. states and localities. The Commission's vision for cloud computing in state and local government: better collaboration within and between government agencies; better services to governments and citizens; all delivered at a savings to taxpayers -- benefits that can be shared by all Americans.

The Commission's report is the result of a unique and powerful collaboration between representatives of 38 leading technology companies and leading government officials. The Commission's publication and online portal will deliver guidance to state and local governments to optimize the ways they evaluate, procure, and implement cloud technologies. For more information on the Commission, please go to the SLG - CC website.

The half-day event begins with a press conference unveiling the report's findings that will feature the Commission's leadership and comments from California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Several panels will feature many leading government and IT leaders along with national press and media; State of California CIO, Carlos Ramos; San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed; and Charlene Li of Altimeter Group.

All sessions are open to the media. Please RSVP to Melinda Jenkins at or 650-762-2988.


  • Tarkan Maner, President and CEO of Wyse Technology; Chairman, TechAmerica SLG-CC
  • Carlos Ramos, Secretary, California Technology Agency
  • Charlene Li, Partner and Founder, The Altimeter Group
  • Jim Peterson, Director Technology, Illinois District 87 Schools and IlliniCloud
  • Sean McSpaden, Deputy State Chief Information Officer, State of Oregon
  • Gavin Newsom, California Lt. Governor
  • Greg Wass, Chief Information Officer, Cook County, Illinois
  • Gina Tomlinson, Chief Technology Officer, City and County of San Francisco
  • David L. Cohn, Ph.D. Program Director, Smarter Cloud, IBM; Vice-Chair, TechAmerica SLG-CC
  • Daniel Kent, CTO, Public Sector, Cisco; Vice-Chair, TechAmerica SLG-CC

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Where: Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida, Building 1, Mountain View, CA

Event Schedule:

08:00 am - 09:00 am: Registration, Continental Breakfast and VIP Networking
09:00 am - 10:00 am: Press Conference with Q&A
10:15 am - 11:00 am: Welcome Panel: Review of Key Findings & Unveiling of SLG-CC Web Portal
11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Expert Panel: The Real Deal
12:30 pm - 01:15 pm: Vendor Panel
01:15 pm - 01:25 pm: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom - Lifting the Economic Clouds - Improving Government Collaboration and Efficiencies Through Cloud-Enabled Transformations
01:25 pm - 01:35 pm: Closing Remarks

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About TechAmerica Foundation
TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, which is the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. The Foundation disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. It also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the Foundation's findings. Learn more about TechAmerica Foundation at

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