Vision 2023: Transforming Florida Through Technology

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This event qualifies for 3 CPEs

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In today’s digital world, IT modernization and cybersecurity are intertwined with delivering a vast range of state services to residents. According to the National Association of State CIOs, these were the top two concerns facing state governments in 2022. They are two reasons why the state of Florida in 2020 created the Florida Digital Service (FDS), to partner with all state agencies to deliver services.


In a state that often faces natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding, recovery depends on fast, secure IT resources to match manpower and machinery to locations most in need, while disaster victims seek fast, secure assistance. The FDS worked with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) in November to provide free public wi-fi access in affected counties following Hurricane Ian, for instance.


Join us at this three-session in-person event in Tallahassee as state and local IT officials and corporate thought leaders discuss the steps agencies are taking to improve and innovate their services, protect their customers and agencies, and outline their priorities.




Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the technology goals and challenges the state is looking to address.
  • Outline the role of the FDS and how it partners with all agencies, which are organized into six verticals, including government operations, healthcare, public safety and the law, environment, education, and economic growth.
  • Delineate the cybersecurity measures being undertaken by the FDS and partner agencies such as FDEM.
  • Review the scope of technology modernization projects and programs now under way.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Hosted by:


Claudia Hosky, Publisher, FedInsider

Claudia Hosky




Michael Kennedy, Moderator & Contributing Editor, FedInsider

Michael Kennedy

Moderator & Contributing Editor,




12:00 noon – Event Check In & Networking

1:00 PM – Leveraging Technology for Data-Driven Government
The use of emerging and innovative technologies is transforming legacy systems to better respond to citizens and facilitate digital services. Using cloud-ready architectures, agile methods, and data interoperability, Florida is tapping top technology talent to redesign aging technology systems and deliver better outcomes for Floridians.

>>> This discussion will provide insight on how agencies can enhance digital service delivery and enhance customer experience through modernizing technology.


Tim Davis, Chief Information Officer, City of Tallahassee

Tim Davis

Chief Information Officer

City of Tallahassee



Sarah Hall, Inspector General, Florida Department of Management Services

Sarah Hall

Inpector General,

Florida Department of Management Services



Michelle Taylor, Chief Information Officer, Leon County Government

Michelle Taylor

Chief Information Officer, 

Leon County Government



 Josh Pearl, Director, Sales Engineering, Public Sector Southeast US, Fortinet

Josh Pearl

Director, Sales Engineering

Public Sector




2:00 PM – The Roadmap to Emergency Response through Technology
Americans’ health, security, and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. In a state that often faces natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding, recovery depends on fast, secure IT resources to match manpower and machinery with the locations most in need, while delivering fast and secure assistance to victims.

>>> This session will take a strategic look at ways that IT such as geographic information systems, broadband, drones, and social media can enhance the state’s understanding and response to natural disasters.



Jason Laursen, Deputy Chief, Tallahassee Police Department

Jason Laursen

Deputy Chief,

Tallahasee Police Department


Kevin Peters, Emergency Management Director, Leon County Division of Emergency Management

Kevin Peters

Emergency Management Director,

Leon County Division of Emergency Management


Dewey Hudson, Florida Government Account Executive, Zoom

Dewey Hudson

Florida Government Account Executive




3:00 PM – Combating Cyber Threats in Government
Federal, state, and local agencies stand together in the fight to prevent and recover from cyberattacks, as their communities increasingly become targets of hackers and other cyber criminals. Cybersecurity risks range from data exploitation; insider threats; third-party practices as outsourcing increases; ransomware; identity theft; and fraudulent access to state government services.

>>> This panel will explore how agencies are tackling cyber threats to ensure that citizens’ personal information and critical infrastructure are adequately protected, recoverable, and secured in the event of a breach.





Matthew Bulavko, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

Matthew Bulavko

Supervisory Special Agent,



Steven Henry, Director of Auditing for the Executive Office of Governor, Office of the Chief Inspector General for the State of Florida

Steven Henry

Director of Auditing,

Executive Office of the Governor,

Office of the Chief Inspector General State of Florida


Major Brian Weiblinger, Defensive Cyber Operations Element Chief, Joint Force Headquarters, Florida Army National Guard

Major Brian Weiblinger

Defensive Cyber Operations Element Chief,

Joint Force Headquarters,

Florida Army National Guard



 Jason Ruby, Senior Solutions Engineer, Okta

Jason Ruby

Senior Solutions Engineer,



4:00 PM – Wrap-Up, Networking, and Reception



Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Thu, Feb 9, 2023, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee
101 South Adam Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
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