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2014 Technology Forum

Ottawa County Technology Forum

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On March 27, 2014, Ottawa County hosted its first Technology Forum to give local public sector leaders an opportunity to hear from government and private sector technology leaders and visionaries. Keynote speaker, David Behen, the State's Director of the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, and Chief Information Officer, kicked off the day with a look at the State of Information Technology in Michigan. Other speakers provided their vision of the future of technology and its impact.

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The Future of IT in Michigan
Presented by Mr. David Behen, Director DTMB and CIO for the State of Michigan

Local Governments Joining the Merit Network
Presented by Mr. Elwood Downing, Vice President, Membership Engagement & Outreach

Guest Speakers

  • Mr. David Behen, Director, DTMB and CIO, State of Michigan
    David Behen

    David B. Behen

    CIO, Michigan Department
    of Technology

    Director, Management
    & Budget

    As the state’s CIO, David plays a critical role in leading development of IT resources to meet the growing needs of Michigan’s citizens. As director of DTMB, he leads efforts to provide the full range of information technology and communications, facility management, financial, procurement, fleet and retirement services, among others.

    Michigan offers a full range of technology resources - from traditional desktop computers used by the state’s workers to a law enforcement communications network that criss-crosses both peninsulas to mobile applications that allow tourists to reserve campground spots or purchase fishing licenses. Behen is leading a multiyear IT assessment and alignment process that will develop Michigan’s portfolio of high-impact, innovative, market-competitive IT services.

    Before joining the State of Michigan, Behen worked as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County. He also cofounded a software company and served as a vice president and CIO of its parent corporation.

  • Mr. Jim Carpp, Principal, Director of Consulting & CIO, Rehmann
    Jim Carpp

    James E. Carpp,

    CIO & Principal
    Director of Consulting

    Rehmann Consulting

    Jim is the director of Rehmann Consulting, as well as Rehmann’s CIO. In this capacity, Jim works with Rehmann consultants in a variety of disciplines to carry out strategic initiatives. His work with clients is primarily in the areas of Cloud, Identity Management and Mobile strategy as well as facilitating the management of risks associated with technology, development of secure systems, IT strategy planning and addressing related SOX compliance issues.

    Jim has twenty eight years of experience providing value-added solutions to industries, including high technology, financial institutions, service providers and traditional manufacturing. His scope of services provided spans from strategic plan development to implementation of practical solutions for the office and the plant floor. Jim combines his strong communication skills with a broad business background to develop comprehensive solutions for today’s competitive environment.

  • Mr. Elwood Downing, Merit, Vice President, Membership Engagement & Outreach
    Elwood Downing

    Elwood Downing

    Vice President, Membership
    Engagement & Outreach


    Elwood Downing is the Vice President of Membership Engagement and Outreach for Merit Network, Inc., Michigan's high-speed research and education network. Since joining Merit in 1995, he has provided strategic leadership, technical consulting, and service engagement to Merit's 250 and growing member organizations, which include public universities, private colleges, community colleges, K12 organizations, research organizations, government, health care, and nonprofit organizations.

    Elwood currently oversees Merit's Member Relations, Services, Communications, and Product Development Departments, ensuring that Merit's membership receive superior service through technology, outreach, and educational initiatives. Along with his staff, he assists current and potential members in the educational and research sector with network strategy and service implementation. Elwood is Merit's liaison to the Merit Advisory Council, serves on the Merit/Internet2 Collaboration Team, and a member of the Internet2 K20 Advisory Committee. Elwood has project managed and provided leadership with fiber-optic builds as well; most recent geographical fiber projects included Alpena, Hillsdale, and Iron Mountain. Elwood's team is leading the communication and outreach of the ARRA NTIA/BTOP funded REACH-3MC project, which consist of over 2,250 miles of fiber-optic network infrastructure in 52 counties in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsula.

    Elwood joined Merit Network in 1995, as a Computer Systems Consultant on the Merit/CoNDUIT project team where he provided Internet connectivity training for the project's small business partners and served on the small business advisory board. He came to Merit from the business industry, with over 15 years of IT management and customer relations experience. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Business Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University.

  • Mr. John Hwang, Founder & Chief Innovator, Lanio, LLC.
    John Hwang

    John Hwang

    President & Chief Innovator
    John Hwang is the President and founder of Lanio, a product company with the mission to bring disruptive technologies to markets. Previously, John was the co-founder and CEO of Mutually Human, an expert custom software strategy & design consultancy specializing in mobile & web-based products & services.

    John has a passion for starting companies; building and organizing systems that successfully solve real problems in the community. He specializes in innovation methodologies, design thinking and disruptive technologies and has helped numerous startups and large organizations bring new products and services to market.
  • Mr. Gerald Nordlund, Licensed Professional Land Surveyor, Holland Engineering

    Gerald Nordlund

    Land Surveyor
    Holland Engineering

    Gerald is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Michigan at Holland Engineering with 20 years of experience in Cadastral, Topographic, Bathymetric and Photogrammetric surveying and 8 years of experience working with ArcGIS. Gerald currently heads the GIS department at Holland Engineering, and is responsible for gathering, integrating and analyzing data in support of pipeline operations.

    Gerald will be presenting Engineering and Municipal applications utilizing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) with non-metric cameras. Improvements in computing power along with more powerful and cheaper off the shelf digital cameras have moved the field of Photogrammetry from an exclusive field where expensive outlays in cameras and aircraft restrict access to technology and increase cost, to a relatively inexpensive one relying on software and methodology of the surveyors. This presentation will explore some basic fundamentals of photogrammetry in relation to UAVs and non-metric cameras along with the strengths and weaknesses of both systems. In addition it will look at applications where UAV’s allow both municipalities and engineering companies to capitalize on the strengths of these systems.


8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.     Welcome, Opening Remarks & Criminal Justice Technology  
8:45 a.m.     Keynote:  Mr. David Behen: The State of IT in Michigan
9:30 a.m.  Mr. Elwood Downing: Local Governments Joining the Merit Community
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Criminal Justice Technology
10:25 a.m. Mr. Jim Carpp: Cutting Edge Technology & Implications
11:10 a.m. Criminal Justice Technology
11:15 a.m. Local Government Topics
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Criminal Justice Technology
1:15 p.m.   ISI/CISCO: Video Conferencing
2:00 p.m.   Criminal Justice Technology
2:10 p.m.  Mr. John Hwang: Adaptive Challenges & Innovation
2:40 p.m. Criminal Justice Technology
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Mr. Gerald Nordlund, UAV Technology
3:30 p.m.  Criminal Justice Technology
4:00 p.m.   Closing Comments

Thank you to JCI for providing the continental breakfast.

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