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Apr. 12, 2018 12:59 pm

Interim CIO Mark Wheeler to City Council: ‘IT is infrastructure, like water and streets’

At the department's first budget hearing since the ouster of former CIO Charlie Brennan, interim tech chief Wheeler stumped for his department's $101 million budget proposal for 2019.

Apr. 13, 2017 11:20 am

The city’s Office of IT is still struggling with talent retention and says it’s a salary issue

CIO Charlie Brennan took the mic before City Council to answer questions about his budget.

Jun. 23, 2016 7:31 am

City Council takes a stab at fixing procurement

It's different than the Nutter administration's FastFWD approach, but a new Bobby Henon proposal is meant to smooth over some of the same issues.

Apr. 13, 2016 11:15 am

What City Council asked CIO Charlie Brennan at OIT’s budget hearing

At his first city budget hearing leading the Office of Innovation and Technology, Brennan faced questions about online bill pay, Comcast's digital inclusion alliance fund and civic innovation and engagement.

Jul. 3, 2012 11:03 am

City Council increases its own budget, partly for “Internet-technology upgrades,” Councilman says desktop speeds are stuck in the 60s

City Council approved the mayor’s $3.6 billion budget last Thursday, the Philadelphia Daily News reported, but Council also chose to delay Mayor Michael Nutter’s tax-overhaul plan one year (we previously wrote about a tool that allowed you to visualize the possible effect of the tax overhaul). In that relatively timely budget agreement were a handful […]

Dec. 10, 2010 10:00 am

Links: Wharton professor has two exits in a single month, ‘Cyber-Terrorist’ of Wikileaks and More

DEFINITE READS eBay Buys Into College Entrepreneur’s Shopping Concept [Entrepreneurs’ Adventures:] from Jack Abraham, on leave from Wharton, whose father built and sold comScore. Wharton Professor’s Winning Streak [Scaling Up: Forbes] — 67-year-old Leonard Lodish recently earned exits on two e-commerce sites, and, as noted above,, for a total of some […]

Feb. 8, 2010 10:38 am

City Council bill would make IT permanent part of city government

Councilman Bill Green and five members of City Council have co-sponsored legisilation that would create a permanent Charter position for a Chief Information Officer and would consolidate all of the city’s Information Technology resources under the Division of Technology. The legislation would require the CIO to report directly to the Mayor and to create an […]

Sep. 11, 2009 1:40 pm

Friday Q&A: Kelly Lee, Innovation Philadelphia President & CEO

Updated 9/11/09, 2:15 p.m.: Clarified summit tracks, noted “no frills” package clarification, and updated Philly panelists. If it wasn’t for the first Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit in June 2006, Innovation Philadelphia may not have found it’s niche in the creative industries. President and CEO Kelly Lee says that it was the attendees of the […]

Sep. 9, 2009 12:49 pm

City CTO and community to publicly discuss broadband policy at One Web Day kick-off

Nothing says civic duty like a town hall meeting. Now it’s Philly tech’s turn. City Chief Technology Officer Allan Frank and a handful of influential members of Philadelphia’s technology community will hold a public panel this month to discuss broadband policy, Digital Philadelphia and the city’s technology future. Event Details: Broadband Policy PanelWhen: 9/22, 7:00 […]

Apr. 28, 2009 8:30 am

City Council cell phone ban attacked elsewhere in state, could cost city $90M

All of that ended quickly. Last week, we reported City Council created quite a buzz by unanimously passing legislation that would have made illegal the use of mobile devices while driving — unless using hands-free technology. That has some fuming. PennDOT has called the billĀ  a violation of the state Motor Vehicle Code, saying cell-phone […]

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