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Washington, D.C.--The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) today announced that Xavier Hughes will become the organization’s first Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO).
Hughes joins ICMA from Stae, a venture-backed Smart Cities, operational intelligence platform. As Head of Global Growth, Hughes brought on numerous funding and operational partners, while working to design new features. Prior, he served as the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) at the U.S. Department of Labor—the first in the U.S. Government—and simultaneously as Senior Advisor to the President, where he led the development of innovative business practices and technology applications to improve outcomes and simplify operations.
In creating the CTIO role, ICMA looks to expand its capabilities as an organization inside and out, bringing a forward-oriented approach to smart cities and modern e-government, as well as the latest technological developments in member services and operations.
“We’re excited to welcome Xavier to the team,” said Marc Ott, executive director of ICMA. “Xavier unites political savvy and a personal passion for the Smart City ethos. Communities around the world are challenged to keep up and more importantly keep ahead of the dramatic changes and opportunities technology presents. Xavier will help to expand the tools and services ICMA offers and elevate the organization and its goals.”
“Local Governments are undergoing a significant transformation, fueled by technology, data, and new age urban planning” said Hughes. “This city as a service model is what ICMA is all about, and I am thrilled to be part of it”
Hughes’ appointment is ICMA’s latest high-profile step toward facilitating the global adoption of technological best practices and Smart Community services at the local level. In just the last year, the Association has published a number of groundbreaking resources, including Smart Communities: Rethinking Infrastructure Report (with Siemens); Smart Communities and Data Analytics Report (with SAS); Cybersecurity: Protecting Local Government Digital Resources Report (with Microsoft) and Smart Solutions: Technology Serving Communities E-Book (with IBTS). In addition, longstanding Strategic Partner relationships with Esri and Hyland and more recently Smart Cities software developer TownCloud help drive ICMA’s mission in the Smart Communities space.
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to more than 12,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas. ICMA has gathered more data on local government than any organization except the federal government, spanning a broad spectrum from economic development to local government innovation.