STATE PROFILES | Georgia
Calvin RhodesExecutive Director and State Chief Information Officer
Georgia Technology Authority
Year Appointed: 2011
BiographyCalvin Rhodes is Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority and State Chief Information Officer.
Mr. Rhodes came to GTA in January 2011 from Paladin Investments, a private investment company he established and served as managing partner since 2009. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked for Fulton Paper Company for 27 years, serving most recently as executive vice president. Previously, Mr. Rhodes was chief information officer/vice president for information technology, focusing on IT infrastructure development, application development and change management.
Mr. Rhodes is a graduate of Darton College and Georgia Southwestern University and holds a degree in computer information systems. He also earned a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix.
CIO Statute: S.B. 495 (Passed in 2000)
IT Office Authority: GTA’s mission is to deliver secure, reliable technology services and solutions, and provide guidance and oversight that lead to sound decisions for Georgia government. Responsibilities include:
• Establishing policies, standards for technology and security
• Approving technology purchases
• IT portfolio management (Requiring agency project request for projects $100,000+, overseeing IT projects costing $1 million or more and requiring a business case for projects $5 million or more
• Overseeing the state’s telecom network and data center
• Managing the state’s Web portal for online information and services
• Promoting information sharing among agencies
• Reporting on state IT expenditures
IT Procurement Responsibility: Department of Administrative Services in collaboration with GTA
Special Projects: GTA has completed two landmark initiatives to modernize the state’s IT infrastructure: a new data center and wide area network for the state. The state-of-the-art infrastructure is making Georgia government more efficient, more secure and more reliable.
GTA relocated the state data center in late 2005 to a modern facility that meets the highest standards in the industry. The new facility provides the secure environment the state needs for its critical computer systems.
Georgia is among states leading the way in implementing wide area networks using multi-protocol label switching (MPLS). Georgia’s network is helping many state agencies enjoy greater productivity through increased bandwidth—in many cases, at no additional cost. The network has prepared the state for other technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and wireless connectivity.
A new program GTA is managing helps Georgia cities and counties establish their own wireless broadband networks. Wireless Communities Georgia, an initiative of Gov. Sonny Perdue, is assisting six local communities in developing high speed networks to promote economic development, improve government services and expand educational opportunities.