What I Am with Dan Bourdeau, City of Westland, MI

Posted on July 22, 2015

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“Cross between The Atlantic magazine and Buzzfeed”
AAEAAQAAAAAAAANIAAAAJGUyOTFiNDExLWJkNDUtNGNlOS04MzdkLTNiY2NlMGRlYjMwZADan Bourdeau (LinkedIn, Twitter, and World Wide Web) has, since 2009, been the Chief Information Officer of the City of Westland, the 10th largest City in the State of Michigan with just over 84,000 highly diverse residents. Under Daniel’s leadership, the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) has worked tirelessly to deploy solutions that are both nimble and provide uniform access outside of the traditional confines of the municipal offices.  This methodology has allowed the City’s employees to work aggressively in the field with a full complement of technology to provide immediate service, educate the public, document work, and remediate matters to ensure the highest level of safety and quality of life are maintained in the City.
What I Am Doing This Summer:  Enjoying my family before the hectic school season starts anew.
What I Am Motivated By:  Making a difference someway each day
What I Am Reading:  I consume my info in Twitter-sized bits not novels
What I Am Watching:
Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black
What I Am Thinking About the Apple Watch:  It’s just the beginning of the next round of human/technology integration.  Next up – implant-ables.
What I Want From ELGL:  Connection to innovative professionals to learn from and share with.
What I Wish Local Government Did Better: Collaborated more effectively
What I Am Afraid Of: Disloyalty
What I Wish I Was Doing (Instead of Completing This Questionnaire): Transforming someone’s technology frustration into positive progress
What I Consider As My Career Accomplishments: Designing our new city hall’s technology from scratch, seamlessly relocating the entire operation, and seeing the building work as designed.
What I Am Listening To:

Cheerleader by OMI
What Song/Movie Makes Me Cry:  Not a song or movie – but Undercover Boss when the boss starts giving back to his/her employees at the end to make their lives better.
What I Wish People Knew About Me: Under my analytical, results driven exterior I’m caring and HYSTERICAL.
What I Am Wishing Would Go Away:  Vicious negative and misleading campaign cycles.
What I Think of Professional Associations: If the association is organized, active, and cultivating new members they are a great source for inspiration, innovation, and support.

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