An important initiative of the Western Information Technology Council involves establishing working relationships between government entities and mother of pearl necklace private industry and facilitating the exchange of information.With the assistance of our strategic partners, WITC hosts a number of events to create networking opportunities and improve the lines of communication between these groups.

From our quarterly meetings to our annual high-profile events, WITC provides a forum for all levels of government and industry to come together to troubleshoot, discuss best practices and ultimately solve common issues.

Upcoming WITC Events

8/5/2007 thru 8/7/2007 – 2007 Western CIO Forum

2007 Western CIO Forum
8/5/2007 thru 8/7/2007

The Western CIO Forum returns to Colorado in 2007!

2007 Western CIO Forum

Entrepreneurial Government

Managing Government like a Business…

… Managing Government like a Government

Many successful business practices from private industry can translate into smarter and more efficient government.  However, government also has special responsibilities that distinguish it from industry.

Sunday, August 5 – Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202

Public Sector $595.00
Non-Profit $695.00
Private Sector $1,195

Sponsorship Opportunities are available! Please contact Ted Piper at 303-579-6358



Subject to change, please check back frequently!
Last updated 6/29/07

Sunday, August 5

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception

Monday, August 6

8:00 am
  Host CIO: Mike Locatis, State of Colorado
8:15 am
  Colorado Governor Bill Ritter
  Introduction: Pam Inman, Executive Director Western Governors Association
8:30 am Guest Speaker
  Thomas Zachaim, Associate Director for Computer Science Oakridge National Laboratory
9:15 am Break
9:45 am
State Panel – Business Needs, Direction & Modernization Efforts
  Moderator: Ann Tiernan, Executive Director Seattle Federal Executive Board
  Dick Clark, CIO Montana
Paul Wix, Deputy CIO Arizona
Alberta, Canada
Continual Operations/COOP
John C. Johnson, Assistant Commissioner GSA Federal Acquisition Service
  Introduction: Peter Stamison, GSA Pacific Region
1:30 pm
Panel – Best Practices of IT Service Delivery (ITIL)
  Moderators: Al Vincent, Department of Commerce NTIA; Elizabeth Schlier, Gefion Inc.
  Lisa Feldner, CIO North Dakota
Bob Howard, CIO Virginia
3:00 pm
5:30 pm
  Host CIO Mike Locatis, State of Colorado
6:30 pm
  Point/Counterpoint Discussion: e-Discovery
  Paul Schwartz & Jim Nesland of Cooley Godward PC


Tuesday, August 7


8:00 am
Opening Remarks
  Larry Grandison, Executive Director Denver Federal Executive Board
  John Oeschle, Chairman Colorado Software and Internet Association (CSIA)
8:30 am
Keynote Speaker
  Karen Evans, Office of Management and Budget (invited)
9:15 am
9:30 am
Panel – Content & Document Management
  Moderator: Barbara Voss, Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator, National Archives and Records Administration
Tom Hughes, CIO Social Security Administration
  Ralph Johnson, Department of Interior Minerals Management Service
National Business Center
12:00 pm
  John Hickenlooper, Mayor City of Denver
Introduction: Larry Grandison, Executive Director, Denver Federal Executive Board
1:00 pm
Technology Updates, Expectations, Recommendations
Moderator: Paul Sherbo, Veteran’s Administration
  Stephen Haag, Deputy Dean Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
Russ Quirici, National Defense University
Sharon Fratta-Hill, USDA Graduate School
  Jim Murday, University of Southern California
4:00 pm