|Boston City Council Creates Committee on Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology
City Councillor Tito Jackson named Chair
Jan 21, 2013
On Wednesday, January 16,
City Council approved the creation of the Committee on Global
Opportunities and Innovation and Technology.
Council President Stephen J. Murphy named District 7 City
Councillor Tito Jackson the Chair of the new committee.
Councillor Jackson had proposed the Committee in recognition of Boston's
need to formally identify itself not only locally but also
globally. He sees proactively envisioning a growing and
evolving image for the city as one of the Committee's most important
According to Mr. Jackson, the Committee on Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology
will be a vehicle for:
Job growth is necessarily an important by-product of the committee
effort and as a result, "This body will enhance the quality of life for
of all ages through job growth in the innovation and technology sectors
and by promoting Boston beyond our borders."
- Harnessing the City’s existing resources
- Creating new City resources and capabilities
Promoting Technological Literacy
Sounding like a springboard for modern education, the Committee on
Global Opportunities and Innovation and Technology
will serve as a catalyst to foster technological literacy.
The Committee will also work to enhance the operation of two existing organizations:
- The Department of Innovation and Technology (aka DoIT)
- Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
Boston to become a Global Center for Technology and Innovation
Because of local public, private and
non-profit institutional investments, both Boston, and its neighbor Cambridge, have transformed into centers for
technology and innovation.
Working with these existing entities only makes sense. The new Committee will work to build
partnerships between the City of Boston and these organizations,
generating further technological advancement and next-generation
employment opportunities for the City.
Finally, this committee
will develop Boston’s standing internationally as a leader in
technology, innovation and culture by strengthening relationships with
foreign governments and overseas entities. And it
will aim to help Boston achieve stronger ties with world players in
recognition of our increasingly globalized economy.
About the Department of Innovation
With the clever and catchy nickname of "DoIT,
" the Department of
Innovation and Technology is the City of Boston’s enterprise technology
organization that provides solutions to empower business partners
across City departments and deliver services more efficiently and
effectively. DoIT is focused on connecting the City, engaging and
empowering citizens, improving business processes, working
collaboratively and continuously innovating. It was formerly the MIS
(Management of Information Services) Department.
DoIT Mission Statement
The Department of Innovation and Technology is the City of Boston’s
enterprise wide technology services organization which provides
solutions that empower our business partners across all City
departments. DoIT’s primary day-to-day responsibility is to ensure
that the networks, desktop computers, e-mail systems, and applications
that support the business of City government are continuously available
and operating effectively. DoIT embraces its responsibility to help
manage costs through difficult financial times by continuously
improving the cost structure of the City’s technology without
compromising service. Our commitment to being environmentally
responsible is often synergistic with these economic and service
DoIT FY12 Performance Strategies
- To deliver services adhering to performance standards.
- To expand eGovernment services.
- To increase workforce access, knowledge and skills in the utilization of technology.
- To provide for the public good by advancing development and access to new technologies and information.
Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
“Our job in city government is to be urban mechanics – to fix the
basics that make our neighborhoods work. But the truth is, today, our
residents, our partners, ourselves —we are all urban mechanics.” -Mayor
Thomas M. Menino
The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) pilots experiments
that offer the potential to improve radically the quality of City
services. MONUM focuses on three major issue areas: Participatory
Urbanism, Clicks & Bricks, and Education. To design, conduct and
evaluate pilot projects in these areas, MONUM builds partnerships
between constituents, academics, entrepreneurs, non-profits and City
New Urban Mechanics Website: http://www.newurbanmechanics.org/
New technology – from smart phones to GPS – and a resurgent spirit of
civic engagement have created increased opportunities for closer
connection and communication between City government and its citizens.
Partnering frequently with the Mayor’s Constituent Service Office,
MONUM is piloting projects that leverage this new technology and civic
spirit to deliver services that are more personal and citizen-driven.
Clicks & Bricks
From green building standards to smart sensor networks, there is a
revolution going on in how cities are designed & built. This new
focus on technology infrastructure and sustainable design links how a
City is built with how it is managed and experienced. Much of this
work pairs the interests and talents of both designers and
technologists outside of City Hall with leaders and staff from the
City’s Public Works and Transportation departments.
The City’s education strategy is to surround youth from dawn to dusk
and from birth through college with high quality and integrated
educational opportunities. In collaboration with the City’s schools,
community centers and libraries, MONUM is exploring the use of new
tools & technology to facilitate communication between educators,
students and parents and to deploy new programs that could improve
offerings both inside and outside schools.
About Councillor Jackson
Mr. Tito Jackson was elected to represent District 7 on Boston City
Council on March 15, 2011 when he won 82% of the vote in a Special
Election. District 7 includes all of Roxbury and sections of
Dorchester, the Fenway, Jamaica Plain and the South End.
Councillor Jackson is a life-long resident Grove Hall area of
Roxbury. Mr. Jackson is focused on job growth in District 7, the
revitalization of the neighborhoods’ economies and ensuring a
world-class and practical education for Boston Public School
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