Baltimore is set to implement a digital transformation plan.
Mayor Catherine Pugh says the goal is to improve technology for the city, reduce redundancy and costs, and improve the public's experience when it comes to city government.
The five-year vision is available online. The document provides a detailed description of the steps needed to "move Baltimore forward." One of its biggest goals is to grow the city's pipeline of tech talent. That would not only benefit the government, but also the communities and future employers.
“There’s 60,000 to 70,000 cyber jobs open alone between Baltimore and Washington,” said the office of information technology CIO Frank Johnson. “ We have to be very, very intentional about building our own tech talent pipeline and part of that is going to be engaging our own city's youth and giving them the opportunity to participate in 40 years of job opportunity in a very exciting career field in technology.”
The city is accepting feedback on the plan until March 16. The final version is expected to be released in the spring.