Center for Technology in Government Celebrates
10 years of Improving Government Technology
center hosts open house in new facility Jan. 28
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 26, 2004) --The University
at Albany's Center for Technology in Government
celebrates its 10th anniversary as it expands
to new offices. An open house is scheduled for
Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the
center's new location, 187 Wolf Road. University
President Karen R. Hitchcock will speak at 4 p.m.
to attendees, including: Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings,
State Assembly members Paul Tonko, Pat Casale
and Robert Prentiss.
CTG is an applied research center working with
local, state, federal and international government
agencies to improve the way they invest in and
use information technology. The center was founded
on the early success of an experimental all-volunteer
project, a joint effort with the New York State
Department of Motor Vehicles in 1992 that lead
to reducing the vehicle title issuance process
from 100 days to 30, at a savings of $3 million.
The Center was formally established the following
CTG has recently completed a study on government
response to the World Trade Center attacks, particularly
the crucial role that IT played in those responses.
Two nationally funded research projects are looking
into ways government organizations are sharing
and integrating information across traditional
boundaries-- a problem facing most of today's
One of those projects is exploring the public
health response to the West Nile Virus outbreak
of 1999, which required an unprecedented coordination
of agencies across all levels of government, supported
by the rapid exchange of timely and accurate information.
In another of those projects, the center is studying
the information-sharing method of justice agencies
– including police, probation and the courts--
as a means to improve public safety.
The center also recently developed a prototype
state-local gateway to test methods to improve
the way state agencies and local governments work
These projects, along with other research, will
be on display at the open house.
In 1995, the Ford Foundation awarded the center
$100,000 and named it one of initiatives at federal,
state and local levels that provide creative solutions
to important public problems.
Since 1995, the center has received more than
$5.8 million in research grants and awards from
several organizations, including the National
Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Justice
and the National Historical Publications and Records
CTG's projects have included a variety of academic
and corporate partnerships with more than twenty
companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard
CTG Director Sharon Dawes, named a 1997 Public
Official of the Year by Governing Magazine for
her collaborative strategy encouraging innovation
in New York's information management community,
is also a recent inductee of the prestigious National
Academy of Public Administration for her work
in government IT and information research.
For more information about the Center for Technology
in Government, visit www.ctg.albany.edu.