Morning Fizz: City IT Guru Leaving for Kirkland
Caffeinated news and gossip featuring IT, Olympia, and income.
1. Fizz has confirmed that Erin Devoto, the city's Chief Technology Officer (officially for a year now and acting Director since the previous IT czar Bill Schrier left in 2012), is leaving the city to become Kirkland's Public Works Superintendent.
Devoto is starting her new gig on April 16, according to an apparent internal City of Kirkland memo.
One of Devoto's biggest projects was overseeing the city's efforts to build a citywide fiber optic network, an effort that ran into trouble when Gigabit Squared, the company the city was working with under former mayor Mike McGinn to develop the network, turned out to be unreliable, running into financial trouble.
In January, Mayor Ed Murray announced that the deal had fallen through because Gigabit lacked funding for its proposal.
2. One thing we left out of the post yesterday about the anonymous Elway Poll of Olympia lobbyists was that 43 percent of those polled (the biggest percentage) thought the Majority Coalition Caucus would still control the senate—and 37 percent actually thought the Republican party proper would take control of the senate—next session.
On that note: Moderate Democrat state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) picked up a challenger yesterday, Jim Kellett, a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments.
3. File this one under On Other Blogs Today: Creative Class guru Richard Florida has an article in the Atlantic Cities this week documenting the metro areas that are most segregated by income levels.
Seattle scored well on this metric—meaning the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro region is one of the nation's top metro areas where the poor are the least segregated.
The large metros where the poor are the least segregated are mainly found in the Sunbelt and the West. Four of the ten least segregated large metros in terms of poverty are located in Florida—Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville. Many of these metros have lower wage service economies, but several are centers of high tech industry and knowledge work, including San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, as well as Portland, Oregon; Seattle, and Salt Lake City.
The metros where the poor are least segregated are all smaller metros. In fact, there are about 80 smaller and medium-sized metros where the poor are less segregated than the least-segregated large metro. Jacksonville, North Carolina, has the lowest level of poverty segregation in the country, followed by Medford, Oregon; Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Georgia; and Prescott, Arizona.