DENVER – September 10, 2013 – Michele Hovet was announced the winner of Colorado’s top Woman in Tech of the Year at the 13th annual APEX Awards. The prestigious technology awards recognizeoutstanding accomplishments and leadership by Colorado’s advanced technology companies and professionals. The winner was announced live at a sold out event at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver to a crowd of more than 850 attendees.
The Technology Woman in Tech of the Year award recognizes an individual woman whose efforts are making a real and measurable impact on the advancement of Colorado's technology industry. Michele has worked at the City of Arvada twice in her career for a combined 18 years of service. Most recently she has been the Chief Information Officer (CIO) managing technology and communications. During this her time as CIO, Arvada was ranked as a “National Top 10 Digital City” eight times by the Center for Digital Government. In addition, Michele was personally named a “2010 Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver” by Government Technology Magazine and a “Champion of Change” by the White House. In September 2012, she traveled to Washington, D.C. where she presented three projects that she spearheaded at the White House which aided local government in being more transparent and brought arts back into the classroom.
In Michele’s current role as Deputy City Manager, she oversees five departments. She recently switched to this role because she wanted higher level leaders and officials more aware of the importance of technology and she wanted to combine her technology background with economic development.
Since the APEX Award’s inception in 2000, CTA’s APEX Awards have acknowledged the top technology company success stories produced in Colorado.
“Michele’s innovative approach to technology has greatly benefited the citizens of our community and now her same innovation is pushing a new level of leadership for local government management,” stated Mark Deven, City Manager of Arvada.
“There was a great group of women nominated this year and her leadership skills prove strong as she continues to grow her community,” says CTA CEO Erik Mitisek. “Michele clearly is a winner.”