Michigan’s CIO: IT Can Reinvent State’s Economy

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YPSILANTI — Can Michigan’s economy be reinvented through IT? David Behen, chief information officer for the State of Michigan thinks so.
 
Behen plays a critical role in leading development of information technology resources to meet the growing needs of Michigan’s citizens. He holds a seat on Governor Rick Snyder’s cabinet, advising the governor on technology investments and on implementing innovative IT programs to enhance and expand customer service.
 
Behen will be on Eastern Michigan University’s campus to give a speech on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Board of Regents Room, located in 20 Welch Hall, Ypsilanti. For directions and parking options, visit www.emich.edu/maps.
 
During his presentation, Behen will talk about the department’s goals and mission, the state’s key IT metrics, IT investment fund projects, Michigan’s Cyber Range and cyber security, as well as IT career opportunities within the state of Michigan. There will be a Q&A session immediately following.
 
Before joining the State of Michigan in 2011, Behen worked as CIO and deputy administrator of Washtenaw County. He also cofounded a software company and served as a vice president and CIO of its parent corporation.
 
Behen received a master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan in 1996.
 
The event is co-sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) – Detroit Metropolitan Chapter, Eastern Michigan University’s Political Science Department and the EMU Foundation.
 
For further information, please contact Laura Thomas, ASPA Detroit council member at lthomas11@emich.edu or call 734-481-2323.

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