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Baltimore city financial forecast predicts $745M in budget deficits over the next decade business

Feb. 7, 2013 10:00 am

Baltimore city financial forecast predicts $745M in budget deficits over the next decade

Update 2/7/13 11:05 a.m.: Don’t panic yet, people. For some context, look to the Baltimore Brew, which reports that “the city’s current 2013 budget is balanced, there is $90 million available in a ‘budget stabilization reserve,’ and next year’s projected shortfall of $30.3 million is modest compared to recent budget deficits.” Baltimore city is on track […]
Chris Tonjes: city CIO discusses VoIP phones, speed cameras and water billing at TechBreakfast [VIDEO] creative

Jan. 7, 2013 9:00 am

Chris Tonjes: city CIO discusses VoIP phones, speed cameras and water billing at TechBreakfast [VIDEO]

As city CIO Chris Tonjes said at December’s Baltimore TechBreakfast, his biggest challenge is tempering his expectations to take into account the pace of city bureaucracy. Filed also under “challenges,” perhaps, is overseeing some less exciting matters. For instance: a possible VoIP upgrade to the city’s phone system, upgrading a derelict water billing system and […]
Chris Tonjes: CIO presents city IT department’s new mission at Dec. TechBreakfast [VIDEO] creative

Jan. 3, 2013 10:00 am

Chris Tonjes: CIO presents city IT department’s new mission at Dec. TechBreakfast [VIDEO]

The biggest challenge for city CIO Chris Tonjes? Moving at the pace of city bureaucracy, where building consensus around new approaches and ideas has a tendency to take awhile. As Tonjes said last Thursday at Baltimore TechBreakfast, “I have to temper my expectations based on time.”
Baltimore Tech in 2012: Technically Baltimore’s 15 takeaways from this last year civic

Dec. 28, 2012 9:30 am

Baltimore Tech in 2012: Technically Baltimore’s 15 takeaways from this last year

Relatively speaking, Baltimore’s early-stage technology community has been busy in 2012. Call it hype. Call it cheerleading. Call it noise. But whatever the name, it’s plain that Baltimore city’s tech ecosystem is growing at a clip previously unseen. Admittedly, there’s progress yet to be made, as Baltimore searches for its identity among other tech startup cities in the […]
City Civic Apps contest: Mayor Rawlings-Blake announces $10k in prizes at gb.tc’s Tech Night [VIDEO] uncategorized

Nov. 2, 2012 11:01 am

City Civic Apps contest: Mayor Rawlings-Blake announces $10k in prizes at gb.tc’s Tech Night [VIDEO]

From left: gb.tc executive director Jason Hardebeck, gb.tc board chairman Jason Pappas and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake The Mayor’s Office of Information Technology, in partnership with gb.tc, will be sponsoring a civic apps contest with $10,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, announced Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at Thursday’s Tech Night at Lexington Market. “We are challenging […]
OpenBaltimore upgrade allows shape and KMZ files to be viewed as maps uncategorized

Oct. 24, 2012 9:30 am

OpenBaltimore upgrade allows shape and KMZ files to be viewed as maps

An upgrade to the OpenBaltimore data website now allows users to view city data sets as maps inside their Internet browsers, as city CIO Chris Tonjes announced on the Baltimore Tech Facebook group Monday:
City’s VoIP phone situation ‘a case of epic stakeholder mismanagement,’ says CIO Chris Tonjes uncategorized

Oct. 2, 2012 12:27 pm

City’s VoIP phone situation ‘a case of epic stakeholder mismanagement,’ says CIO Chris Tonjes

A new front has opened up in the battle over the city’s attempt to purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars in VoIP phones and equipment. The Baltimore Sun reports that an investigation led by city inspector general David N. McClintock “into the Rawlings-Blake administration’s purchase of nearly $675,000 in phone and computer equipment found possible conflicts of interest […]
City CIO Chris Tonjes speaks at TechBreakfast about 911, 311, other city IT initiatives uncategorized

Aug. 30, 2012 10:30 am

City CIO Chris Tonjes speaks at TechBreakfast about 911, 311, other city IT initiatives

Photo by Greg Pearson courtesy of the city’s Mayor’s Office of Information  Technology. “What I personally need is a tiny bit of patience,” said Chris Tonjes while addressing the crowd at Wednesday’s Baltimore TechBreakfast in Mt. Washington. Tonjes, who as of Wednesday had been Baltimore city’s new CIO for 37 days, said that while he’s […]
City CIO Chris Tonjes talks about open data, digital divide initiatives at GBTC’s unWIREd uncategorized

Aug. 28, 2012 10:30 am

City CIO Chris Tonjes talks about open data, digital divide initiatives at GBTC’s unWIREd

Photo credit: Greg Pearson Baltimore appears positioned to take advantage of its open data initiative this year. At least, that was the feeling communicated in the “lightning talk” given by city CIO Chris Tonjes on Friday at this weekend’s unWIREd unconference. “We haven’t stopped our commitment to open data,” Tonjes said. “We just need to […]
Redesigned BaltimoreCity.gov competing to be DotNetNuke site of the year uncategorized

Aug. 20, 2012 10:00 am

Redesigned BaltimoreCity.gov competing to be DotNetNuke site of the year

BaltimoreCity.gov has some new digs. Well, really, as early as June the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology unveiled a redesigned Baltimore city website, produced using DotNetNuke, a content management system for websites built using Microsoft ASP.NET. “The entire web communications platform, from the core strategy to the front-end coding and design, has been completely revamped […]