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Gore: Why UC Davis Is Betting on Technology and Agriculture Convergence

Farmers want tech prototypes now, says UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Helene Dillard, as there's a regulatory-driven urgency.
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Gore: AgTech Roundtable to Tackle Issues Around State Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory regimes are a boon to ag tech developers and a burden to growers and food processors. This unprecedented onslaught of new regulations looms in 2017-18. Agribusiness leaders and state regulatory agency executives will gather Feb. 28 at a special convening of the pro bono AgTech Roundtable in downtown Sacramento to find common ground and collaboration, writes TechWire agricultural and food technology blogger Bob Gore.
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Gore: Governor’s Healthy Soils Initiative Should Drive Tech Solutions

A summit in Sacramento on Wednesday was a prelude to a new program that puts “soils back into the forefront of agriculture,” writes Bob Gore, TechWire’s agricultural and food technology blogger.
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These Californians Are Improving Public Health with Data

The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Data Commons project seeks to meet the needs of health data consumers. To bring this project to life, CivicMakers has been conducting user research to understand the needs and opportunities for data stakeholders. Through nearly 40 interviews and one “co-design” brainstorming session, the organization synthesized its findings into personas, or written descriptions, of potential users.
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What Government Workers and Managers Should Be Paying Attention to in 2017

Pensions, compensation and retiree health care are some of the issues to watch, according to union officials and HR executives around the country.
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Benedetto: What Leaders Taught Me About Building Relationships

Paul Benedetto explains why relationships, in 2016 and every other year, are the main ingredient for success.
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Uber Hits Pothole in Experiment with Self-Driving Cars (Opinion)

Uber’s experiment self-driving cars on the streets of San Francisco ended last Wednesday after just one week, when the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registrations of the ride-hailing company’s 16 Volvo XC90s.
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Culp: Looking at 2016 in the Rear-View Mirror

The year gone by suggests the impetus for new ways in government appears to be growing, writes TechWire contributor Shell Culp.
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2017 Predictions: Amy Tong and Chris Cruz, California Department of Technology

What will happen in the New Year? We asked California state CIO Amy Tong and deputy state CIO Chris Cruz for their perspective.
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Editor's Message: Looking Toward the Future of TechWire

As we move into 2017, the future is as bright as ever for TechWire, now in its sixth year chronicling the projects and people working to modernize California’s technology infrastructure. We have some exciting changes and enhancements in store.
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2017 Predictions: Jennifer Saha, National Director, Public Sector Councils, CompTIA

What will happen next year? We asked the experts.
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2017 Predictions: Jay Song, CTO, California Highway Patrol

What will happen next year? We asked the experts.
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7 Likely Technology Breakthroughs in 2017

We've just begun to tap the potential. What does 2017 have in store?
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Gore: Finding Tech Opportunities in Food Waste

Agricultural and food technology and food waste reduction are two peas in a pod. Ag tech expertise is essential to feeding hungry people, dramatically reducing the 40 percent food waste rate and conserving precious natural resources, writes ag and food tech blogger Bob Gore.
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Successfully Staffing the Cloud

Innovation starts with revolutionizing the skill set of the IT office, writes Stephen Goldsmith.
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Gore: Regulatory Compliance Is a Hot Ag Tech Niche for 2017

Growers, packers, food processors and ag-related businesses need ag tech solutions quickly. They need online interactive permit applications, monitoring and reports for water, fertilizers and pesticides, explains TechWire food and ag tech blogger Bob Gore.
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Foreman: Examining the ‘Startup J Curve’

In his book, The Startup J Curve, noted entrepreneur and angel investor Howard Love essentially states that there is no straight line from startup to sustainable success. Rather, it follows a J curve, where the company initially dips after it starts, explains TechWire contributing writer Rich Foreman.
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Foreman: Startup Lessons from Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures

Silicon Valley icon Bill Reichert from Garage Technology Ventures recently spoke at Startup Grind Sacramento and offered some invaluable insight. With more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and two public companies, Bill’s resume is impressive, writes TechWire contributor Rich Foreman.
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Gore: Finding the Next Generation of AgTech Leaders

Recent college graduates hold the key to the future of ag and food technology, writes TechWire blogger Bob Gore.
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Foreman: Reflecting on Leadership Principles for Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Sacramento-area app developer and TechWire contributor Rich Foreman remembers the Navy’s Leadership Principles and how they still apply to good leaders today.
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Gore: Top State Executives Urge Faster Ag Tech Innovation

California farmers are shouldering what many believe to be a fatal regulatory burden of new and stringent rules on water, inputs (fertilizer and pesticides), energy and labor. Ag tech could emerge as a critical path out of the maze, writes TechWire food and ag tech blogger Bob Gore.
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Foreman: Augmented Reality Use Cases (That Aren’t Games)

Augmented Reality is altering the world as we know it — or at least changing the way people experience the world. Developers are taking advantage of this innovative technology for applications in health and education, commerce, sports and business, explains TechWire contributing writer Rich Foreman.
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Goldsmith: The Need for Governing Intelligence

A focus on making data accessible across the enterprise is the basis for organizational wisdom.
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The Customer-Service Prescription for Government

America's most successful companies have learned a lot about keeping their customers happy. The public sector can join that revolution.
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How Companies Can Help Cities Close the Data Gap

Data-rich businesses are positioned to help their communities. It's an opportunity for data philanthropy.
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