Georgia’s State CIO and GTA Executive Director Calvin Rhodes is one of eight people nationwide to receive StateScoop’s GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year award. The winners were announced at a special reception held May 5 at the mid-year conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

Thousands of IT leaders across the country, primarily in state and local governments, were nominated in six categories for the 2019 StateScoop 50 Awards in January. StateScoop narrowed the nominations to 180 people, and readers cast more than 2 million votes between March and April to select the final 50 winners.

Mr. Rhodes leads the Georgia Enterprise Technology Services (GETS) program, the state’s highly successful public/private IT partnership. The program has strengthened security, modernized infrastructure and networks, improved reliability, and increased transparency in the state’s IT enterprise. He evolved GETS service offerings so state agencies could more easily benefit from changes in the technology marketplace. Mr. Rhodes also oversaw construction of the $100 million Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta. He is responsible for partner coordination at the center, which promotes modernization in cybersecurity technology and workforce development for the public sector and private industry through education, training, research, and practical applications.