Information technology will play a bigger role in state and local government agencies as they manage new infrastructure projects and funding, an expert predicts.
“The volume of projects we’ll see will become even more massive, which means the data that’s going to have to be managed will be even more massive,” said Cyndee Hoagland, senior vice president for Trimble’s Public Sector and Enterprise Accounts. “IT departments will be critical in achieving digitization.”
Two laws in particular are driving the changes: the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which the White House calls “the largest ever investments in broadband, rail and transit, clean energy, and water,” and the American Rescue Plan Act, which “provided over $350 billion in critical resources to every state, county, city, and unit of local government to support their response to the COVID-19 public health emergency,” including broadband infrastructure.
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