Individual Nominee

Terrence Heiser
Information Technology Manager, City of Roseville

As Terre Heiser retires, it is important to note his significant contribution to government IT in general, and to Minnesota in particular. Without Terre’s leadership and vision, many local Minnesota governments would have had slower deployment IT systems at a much higher cost. Without Terre, local government would struggle in managing its data and not have control over its own institutional fiber network. However, with Terre at the leadership helm, Roseville and over 40 local units of government are now perfectly positioned to deal with today’s technology needs and whatever the future may bring.

Terre joined the City of Roseville in 1987 and was instrumental in the deployment of the city’s first local area network. In 1998, Terre and the City of Roseville began providing networking and IT solutions to Mounds View and Arden Hills. Over 20 years later, under Terre’s leadership, this partnership has grown to a consortium of 46 local units of government throughout east Twin Cities metro, serving a population base of almost 400,000 residents. Terre serves as the Network Manager for Metro-INET and is responsible for the administration of IT services for the group, develops policies governing the use of the collective network, and manages all other aspects of the network including the data center, IP telephony, email, Internet access, and the wired/wireless infrastructure including city-owned communication towers. This partnership saves local governmental units hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and millions of dollars over the lifetime of the partnership.

Terre has mentored numerous IT professionals over the years and is a frequent speaker at Hamline University’s leadership seminar programs where he provides insight on the value of intergovernmental joint powers agreements for information technology.

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Steering Committee

Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Ramsey County
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, IT Futures Foundation
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Justin Kaufman, Minnesota IT Services
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
Jerine Rosato, Ramsey County
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech 

Content Committee

Tomas Alvarez, Federal Reserve
Tom Ammons, MN.IT – Central
Dave Andrews, MN State Services for the Blind
Susan Bousquet, MN.IT – DOT
Robert Granvin, Metro State
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Shawntan Howell, Ramsey County
Jenny Johnson, Metropolitan Council
Millicent Kasal, MN.IT – Central
Ping Li, MN.IT – MMB
Chibuzor Nnaji, MN.IT – DHS
Mehrdad Shabestari, MN.IT – Central