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AI Workshops
for Local Government

A webinar series for state and municipal government officials to learn how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can assist in the provision of government services

Series Sponsors

Supported by

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AI is coming, and the breathless news would have us believe it’s either the greatest thing to come or our worst nightmare. In a world where municipal and state government services are ever more digitally delivered or communicated, you have to make sense of AI so you can do your work.

Whatever form Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes, innovative public servants want to know what’s real, what to be wary of, and how to build trust with their stakeholders in and out of government. This series helps state and local public sector servants keep up with the expectations that private sector AI innovations create, while helping them build trust with and provide services to their constituents that match or exceed their expectations.

Join your peers and invited experts in this no-travel-needed, no-budgetary-approval-required series as we explore how we can keep a level head about AI and effectively work with it in municipal and state government.



  • Cities/Towns/Municipalities

  • Counties/Parishes

  • States

  • Public/Private Partnerships


  • Analysts, Managers, Department Heads and Division Directors

  • State and local CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and their staffs

  • Elected Officials


  • Revenue and Tax

  • Land Administration

  • Transportation Planning & Management

  • Utilities Planning & Management

  • Law Enforcement/Fire/Public Safety

  • Public Administration

  • Economic Development

  • Urban Planning

  • Parks and Recreation

  • Public Information Services

  • Public Works

  • Purchasing

  • Sustainability

  • Welfare and Human Services

  • Environmental Planning, Management, and Services

  • Risk Management

  • and more …


Interested in Sponsoring or Speaking at a session?



Each event in the series will address an area of AI opportunity/challenge:

  • The evolving mission

    • Trends driving the need for adaptation and innovation in an area of local/state government 

  • What’s Hot, What’s Not, and What Might Stand the Test of Time:

    • How the AI of today and tomorrow is changing the game for public sector services. An innovative public servant and an innovative technology expert each deliver a lightning talk to frame the discussion.

    • Ask Me Anything (AMA) session led by a moderator savvy in municipal/state technology systems allows everyone to learn at whatever level they’re at.

  • Takeaways for State and Municipal Innovators

    • Ready-to-use ways for those managing and delivering local and state government services to make sense of the hype and fear around AI in this area

  • Peer networking

    • Meet other AI in local/state government explorers from across the US

Abhi Nemani
Founder & Managing Director


Dan Reus 
Founder & Chief Instigator
Openly Distruptive

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Jon Barilone
Tripepi Smith

Simon Huang
Chief Technology Officer
City of St Louis & SLDC

Abhi Nemani
Founder & Managing Director

Tara Pham

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Dan Reus

Founder & Chief Instigator, Openly Distruptive

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Dan Reus has over 20 years experience helping Fortune 100 firms and startups practice open innovation to connect with new and existing customers, partners, opportunities, technology and ways to operate. Dan has worked with over a thousand startups, strategics, non-profit leaders, and investors. He provides innovation program development and management, coaching and advising, ecosystem mapping and engagement, public speaking and workshops on how to disruptively innovate as part of a larger wave of disruption. He works with clients from ag/food, consumer products and services, deep tech, healthtech, professional services, biotech, entertainment, publishing industries.

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Abhi Nemani 

Founder / Managing Director,

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Abhi Nemani is a government technology advisor, educator, and community builder who has helped found and lead Code for America, Los Angeles' Office of Data & Analytics, and Sacramento's Office of Innovation. Now, his consultancy,, helps entrepreneurs and investors in government technology ("GovTech") get to scale through growth strategies, unparalleled access to decision-makers, and years of research and best practices. 


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Jeff Wissing is Vegetation Management Supervisor at Holy Cross Energy. Jeff has been with Holy Cross since 1993, working initially as a tree trimmer and line clearing foreman, through to supervisory roles in line clearance and vegetation management. His on-the-ground experience has given Jeff a unique perspective into the challenges faced by utilities in the rural and Wildland Urban Interface. 

Conference Format

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event features a virtual auditorium, plus intuitive one-on-one private meetings by video.  Meet and network with speakers, attendees and sponsors in custom video lounges.

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This event may qualify for GIS Certification Institute continuing education credits.

To submit for GISP Points, visit to self-submit the event curriculum for approval



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It’s hard to keep your eyes open to the forest and the trees and stay focused while trying to build something no one’s ever seen before. Innovation Advising is for you if you’re working on something never seen before and need an innovation ally to help you navigate the opportunities and challenges arising, especially if you don’t want a big firm’s fees for helping you. Innovation Advising includes regular conversations with Openly Disruptive’s Dan Reus, talking through your opportunities and challenges and helping you understand how you want to act on them, connecting the dots to emerging leaders, tech, and ideas adjacent to your strengths, and holding you accountable so you can fully focus on building something amazing.

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Led by Abhi Nemani, EthosLabs — a GovTech consulting and investment firm — connects entrepreneurs in public, private, and non-profit sectors to help our governments serve us all better through new approaches and new technologies, relying on over a decade of leadership at some of the most influential GovTech institutions.

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