StateTech explores technology issues that state and local government IT leaders and workers face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution. StateTech is published by CDW which is headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill.

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About the Team

Ryan Petersen
Editor in Chief | Email
About: Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 18 years, with the last 12 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.
Tara E. Buck
Executive Editor | Email
About: Tara has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 13 years. Most recently, she was the special publications editor at The Daily Record in Baltimore, which published a variety of legal- and business-focused supplements in addition to higher education and consumer guides. In her downtime, Tara enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband.
Mickey McCarter
Managing Editor | Email
About: Mickey McCarter has been an editor and reporter for magazines and websites, largely focused on defense and military tech, for roughly 20 years. Prior to joining State Tech, Mickey handled communications and public relations for the Security Industry Association (SIA). Mickey spends his spare time at rock concerts around DC being a serious music nerd.
Brad Sowell
Senior Editor | Email
About: Brad is a senior editor for StateTech magazine and works closely with media relations and other professionals to develop articles for the magazine. Brad was most recently a public relations specialist at S&S Public Relations. Before that, he handled public affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy. When not following the Cubs and Hawkeyes religiously, Brad is an avid distance runner and has been competing in races across the Midwest for more than 15 years.
Juliet Van Wagenen
Senior Web Editor | Email
About: Juliet is the senior web editor for StateTech magazine. In her seven years as a journalist she has covered everything from aerospace to indie music reviews — but she is unfailingly partial to covering technology.
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Editorial Calendar

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Themes Trending
Collaboration Disaster Prep: Hurricanes, Earthquakes and More
Networking Future-Proofing Government Technology
Managing Risk Upgrade Infrastructure to Get the Most Out of Wireless Networks
Security Unleash the Power of Real-Time Data in Smart Projects
Smart Cities 2018 State and Local Government Tech Trends


Tech to Watch Events
Breach Detection Systems Outlook in the States and Localities (date TBD)
5G Wireless Beyond the Beltway (March)
Mobile Management  
Ruggedized Devices  


Themes Trending
Changing the Way Users Work Enhancing Data Center Security Through Microsegmentation
Mobility Do-It-Yourself Server and Computer Build-Outs
Collaboration Protecting Digital Citizen Information
Networking Simplifying Single Sign-On
Security Automating to Streamline Network Management
Services Bug Bounties to Boost Security
Tech to Watch Events
Managing Endpoint Security NASCIO Midyear Conference (April)
Ransomware Tools and Tactics Smart Cities Week (May)
Network Management Control  
Identity as a Service  
The Use of Drones in Public Safety  


Themes Trending
Data Center AI and Machine Learning Bring Better Cybersecurity
IoT Legacy Modernization Done the Right Way
Managing Risk What Does Blockchain Mean for State and Local Governments?
Networking Can Beacon Technology Improve Citizen Engagement?
Security Separating Fact from Fallacy with the Internet of Things
Upgrading and Preparing for the Future Digital Security for Public Libraries
  Shared Services as a Way to Control Budgets
Tech to Watch Events
AI and Machine Learning NACo Annual Conference (July)
Hardware with Built-In Security  
IoT: Power and Cooling  
All-Flash Storage  
Autonomous Public Transit  
Mobile Applications  
Election Security  


Themes Trending
Cloud Augmented Reality’s Potential for Citizen Engagement
Collaboration Secure Storage for Body-Worn Camera Video
Digital Transformation Can Analytics Prevent Insider Threats?
Mobility 5 Ways to Boost Collaboration with Mobile Devices
Networking Getting IT Infrastructure Ready for Drone Technology
Public Safety How Legacy Technology Fits into Smart City Tech
Security 2019 Emerging Technology in Government
Smart Cities  
Tech to Watch Events
Internet of Things Security NASCIO Annual Conference (October)
Hyperconverged Infrastructure National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October)
AI and Citizen Services Midterm Elections (November)
Software-Defined Data Center 30 Must-Read State and Local IT Blogs List (October)
Seamless Collaboration Tools  
Apr 25 2014