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November 19-21, 2024
JW Marriott Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Combining two reputable, legacy events into one new national premier event!

New Format, New Location, New Content & Expanded Audience!

We are excited to announce a new chapter for the nation’s longest-running government technology conference. The Government IT Leadership Summit & Symposium, produced and hosted by the Public Technology Institute, combines two legacy events into one unique and not to be missed event for government technology leaders and their teams. Join us!

New Format!

The GOVIT Leadership Summit, taking place on November 19, will bring together hundreds of local and state government IT executives and emerging leaders from across the country for a day filled with valuable information sharing and conversations about current and future trends, challenges and opportunities. The GOVIT Symposium, taking place on November 20 and 21, will include even more government technology professionals from diverse functional areas to learn and exchange ideas and solutions on a broad set of topics.

Participating in the GOVIT Leadership Summit & Symposium extends your organization’s opportunity to build knowledge, gain insights, share solutions and create invaluable relationships with colleagues across sectors, localities and function areas.

New Location!

Taking place at the JW Marriott at the Mall of America, the GOVIT Leadership Summit & Symposium is a destination location that is easily accessible by car or air travel. In addition to being minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, the JW Marriott is attached to Mall of America, making dining, shopping and entertainment options plentiful without having to leave the building! Enjoy beautiful and intimate conference facilities, well-appointed accommodations and a variety of amenities to round out your experience.

New Content & Expanded Audience!

The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has been a national leader since 1971 offering cutting edge professional development programs, educational events, services, research, and certifications to government technology leaders and professionals. This expertise and reach combined with the deep knowledge and experience of the members of the Symposium’s planning committee will offer new insights and information on rapidly changing technologies such as A.I., machine learning, cybersecurity, digital services, leadership, workforce – and the intersection between all of them!

JW Marriott Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Join us in our new location, JW Marriott Mall of America, Bloomington, MN, on November 19-21st for the GOVIT Leadership Summit & Symposium to recharge, get inspired, and address our challenges… Together!



  • Diverse, cross-sector & cross-function attendance
  • Format & setting designed for peer learning & engagement
  • Facilitated roundtable discussions
  • Keynote speaker & mainstage panel discussions
  • Over 40 “byte-sized” learning sessions
  • 2-hour deep-dive sessions
  • Fireside Chats
  • Multiple curated networking events
  • Awards program
  • Convenient, destination location


  • CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, CBTOs
  • IT Directors and Managers
  • City/County Managers
  • Top Administrators
  • Accessibility and Equity Management
  • Data and System Analysts
  • Network Administrators
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Software/Systems Development and Engineers
  • Business Intelligence/Quality Assurance
  • Web and Applications Developers

Higher Education


Jonathan Reichental, PhD

Founder, Human Future

Dr. Jonathan Reichental is a multiple-award-winning technology and business leader whose career has spanned both the private and public sectors. He’s been a senior software engineering manager, a director of technology innovation, and has served as chief information officer at both O’Reilly Media and the City of Palo Alto, California. Reichental is currently the founder of advisory, investment, and education firm, Human Future, and also creates online education for LinkedIn Learning. He has written three books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for DummiesExploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids, and Exploring Cities Bedtime Rhymes. His latest books include Data Governance for Dummies and a Cryptocurrency QuickStart Guide.

Jonathan Reichental
More About Jonathan Reichental, PhD:

For over 30 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been successfully helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth. He has a track record of delivering a high-volume of successful, multi-million-dollar projects and initiatives in both the private and public sectors.

Reichental is recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including smart cities, the fourth industrial revolution, blockchain technology, data governance, and digital transformation. He is an in-demand board advisor, global keynote speaker, educator, and writer who has written three books on the future of cities: Smart Cities for DummiesExploring Smart Cities Activity Book for Kids, and Exploring Cities Bedtime Rhymes. His latest books include Data Governance for Dummies and a Cryptocurrency QuickStart Guide.

Reichental is currently the founder of Human Future, a global business and technology advisory, investment, and education firm.

He is formerly a multiple award-winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, focusing on modernizing the technology environment and pushing the possibilities of innovation in local government. He had oversight for over $50M in technology funds per year, and during his seven-years at the city, successfully delivered over 250 technology projects.

Under Reichental’s leadership, Palo Alto was named one of the top five digital cities in America four years in a row, including the top spot in 2013. Reichental was awarded the distinction of being one of the 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Government in America in 2013.  He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. In 2016, he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States and in 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world.

Prior to joining the City, Reichental served as CIO of O’Reilly Media, an integrated media company. During his tenure he led the successful technology effort to deploy a new global ecommerce platform, enhanced the financial system, maintained PCI-compliance, implemented an IT governance process, and made several strategic upgrades to the network infrastructure.

Before O’Reilly Media, he spent almost 15 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a variety of technology-related roles including leading technology innovation for the US firm.

Reichental holds several degrees including a Ph.D. in Information Systems. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco and instructs at several other universities.

His work has been featured on US and international television and radio, in magazines, newspapers, and online publications, that include CNN, BBC, NBC, CBS, NPR, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Irish Times, CIO magazine, InformationWeek, Government Technology, Mashable, and many others.


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2024 Steering Committee

  • Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
  • Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
  • Sue Wallace, Quantico Consulting
  • Amy Middendorf, Morrison County
  • Adam Larson, Washington County
  • John Gamades, OrangeBall Creative
  • Amy Kretsch-Ward, Fortinet
  • Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
  • Dave Andrews, Minnesota State Services for the Blind
  • Jim Hall, Hallmentum
  • Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
  • Derek Engelking, City of Saint Paul
  • Tia Kropf Beringer, State of Wisconsin
  • Tim Herman, Online Business Systems and Minnesota Infraguard
  • Chetan Ganatra, Ramsey County
  • Patty Hartwig, LOGIS
  • Rebecca Dennis, Minnesota State Colleagues and Universities
  • Matt Bailey, IBM
  • Sarah Mixdorf, Google