Orange County Seeks Innovation and Emerging Technology Officer
After his election as our new Orange County Mayor, then Mayor-elect Jerry Demings assembled a transition team to assist him in building a new organizational structure for Orange County. I was honored to serve on the team as a member of the Technology and Innovation Task Force chaired by UCF Senior Associate VP Fred Kittinger. One of our recommendations was to create a new C-suite position of Chief Technology Officer. As we stated: "The person that fills this position should be knowledgeable in the latest technology trends and must have the ability to craft a strategic vision for how Orange County can be innovative through the use of technology. The CTO should primarily focus on being the ambassador with the local tech community, driving strategies to grow, attract and retain tech talent. The CTO will be a high-level, highly visible person who will be the Mayor’s ambassador representing Orange County at events, conferences and delegations. The CTO should work with partners to create jobs in the digital economy by targeting scalable, higher-wage companies and technologies. The CTO will work to promote collaboration with regional governments and agencies to support Smart Cities initiatives and promote the development of tech-enabled cities."
I am happy to report that the County is now seeking to fill this new position, now called Innovation and Emerging Technology Officer. The posting on the County's website states: "The Mayor’s vision of Orange County is to become the experimental prototype community of tomorrow by creating a culture of innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness. The Innovation and Emerging Technology Officer will be the principal lead in all efforts relating to the development, deployment, demonstration and commercialization of emerging technology both internally and externally.
This position is responsible for driving and managing innovation initiatives throughout the organization creating public/private partnerships to leverage technology and position Orange County as a leader in the innovation economy."
This is an exciting time in Orange County's history with a new Mayor committed to growing the regions' innovation economy.