The 2009 IBM Global Public Sector Innovation Excellence Leadership Award
The IBM Global Public Sector Innovation Excellence Award honors exemplary organizations that take their place at the forefront of public sector innovation. They are making not just small improvements, but transformational, game-changing ones that will help change the world. They represent the value of collaboration, the significance of culture and are role models for all leaders. May they inspire us all to continue on and deepen our own innovation journeys.
James G. Argiropoulos
First Deputy Chief of Staff, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
“Innovators are people who are very open minded to change. You have to be very customer focused. I think innovation is about the passion and desire to do the right thing. Here, it’s all about protecting our first responder and the citizens of Chicago. You have to be striving, effective, motivated, and you cannot under any circumstances, stop pushing forward. The moment that you do that, you’re going to fail.” - James G. Argiropoulos, 2009 Oral History
Jim Argiropoulos was appointed First Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) on September 16, 2007. Shortly after his appointment, he was named Communications Co-Chair for the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.
The Nominating Committee for the 2009 IBM Global Public Sector Innovation Excellence Leadership Award:
Partnership for Public Service
Global Executive Director
IBM Public Sector Innovation
Principal, Emerging Technologies
IBM Global Services
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