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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Cap Metro CIO moves on
Joe Iannello, the chief information officer for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has announced he will retire from the agency at the end of the month. He served in the job for seven years and previously worked in the oil and gas and retail industries. It is expected his position will be posted in the near future. In an interview with Govtech.com, Iannello said his and the agency’s focus in recent years has been on “customer-facing” initiatives such as a mobile ticketing app that now accounts for up to 27 percent of Capital Metro’s ticketing revenue, with a new version expected before the end of the year. The agency also recently began an increased push in using autonomous minibus shuttles in downtown Austin, and last month the World Cities Summit in Singapore recognized Capital Metro for its participation in an app project that pushed information on bus locations to the smartphones of visually impaired riders.
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