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Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards

Hello. I’m Rebekah Dorworth with Kyra Solutions, and welcome to the 30th anniversary of the Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards. We’re so excited to have you with us as we celebrate transformative and innovative work of our state employees. Kyra Solutions has chosen to be the title sponsor of the TaxWatch Productivity Awards because we’re committed to recognizing those employees who have worked so hard to make our state effective and efficient. Many times, these people aren’t appreciated in the spotlight, and this is a way that we can recognize everything they’re doing to dedicate their lives to public service and making our state better.

This program was started 30 years ago by the A.D. and J.E. Davis brothers and really gave us a vision that in business you get more of what you recognize, reward, and highlight, and that’s what we do with this program. So over the years, productivity award winners have served through hurricanes, through disasters (natural and others) to save the taxpayers of Florida hundreds of millions of dollars each year. We’re going to celebrate that now, and we’re going to make sure that we replicate it, recognize it, and reward this great excellence. What I really love so much about the TaxWatch Productivity Awards is how it can transform peoples’ lives. You say, “government productivity and innovation,” well here’s a perfect example – we had an honoree, Jimmy Patrick, many years ago, who unfortunately since has passed. He was a paraplegic, but what he did was he had the initiative to go to the State Attorney in Jacksonville at the time, Ed Austin, and ask him to put him to work, and so Austin put Jimmy Patrick to work, and he enabled Jimmy to make calls on behalf of the State of Florida. Jimmy helped transform his life, the office he gave purpose and meaning and improved peoples’ lives. That is the tremendous effect of when we use the efforts of this good governance, innovation, and productivity and the human spirit, we elevate the condition of all Floridians and improve the prosperity of all taxpayers. What a great way. So it’s hats-off to all of you. This is a great celebration, and we look forward to another 30 years of outstanding service to the people and taxpayers of Florida.

We want to celebrate you for improving the quality of life for every citizen and resident of the State of Florida. You enhance our social services. You are the stewards of our environment. And ultimately, you protect our taxpayer dollars, leading our state in a better position for future generations. So thank you for making Florida a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Enjoy your evening, and celebrate the hard work that you have accomplished. Thank you.

The Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards were borne through the vision of J.E. Davis and A.D. Davis, co-founders of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. and co-founders of Florida TaxWatch. Since 1989, Florida TaxWatch has held this Award Program, which recognizes state employees whose work increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and to save money for taxpayers and businesses. This year marks the 31st year of the awards and Kyra Solutions is honored to be the Anchor Sponsor! In February, we held a kickoff reception at our Tallahassee Collaboration Center with past winners, secretaries, department heads, coordinators, and chiefs of staff to celebrate the many state employees that make Florida a better place to live, work, and play.

PRESS & EVENTS

Kyra Solutions Wins Powderkeg’s 2020 National Tech Culture Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Culture

Digital community for tech companies, investors and professionals presents second annual Tech Culture Awards to recognize company cultures across the nation

Lakeland, FL: Kyra Solutions, a leading government technology service provider, has been announced as a winner of Powderkeg’s 2020 National Tech Culture Awards, recognizing the firm as one of the best tech company cultures in communities beyond Silicon Valley.

The award winners were selected after their participation in Powderkeg’s 2020 Tech Culture Awards, a survey that gathered information from technology-powered software, hardware, product, and services companies across the country about the culture within their workplace. Employees rated their companies and employers on several topics that contribute to company culture, including leadership, diversity and inclusion, career path, work-life balance, and remote work. There are also categories based on teams and regions where companies are headquartered. Awards are based on application responses and survey rankings by each company’s employees.

Kyra Solutions has won the Top-Rated for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion award. Winners were recognized for one or more of the following categories:

  • Top-Rated for Work-Life Balance
  • Top-Rated Leadership Team
  • Top-Rated Career Path
  • Top-Rated Remote Work
  • Top-Rated for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Top-Rated Overall Culture
  • Top-Rated Sales & Marketing Team
  • Top-Rated Customer Experience (CX) Team
  • Top-Rated Product Team
  • Top-Rated Engineering Team
  • Regional Best Overall Culture: Southeast, Midwest, Northeast, Central, Northwest, Southwest
  • Best Startup Culture
  • Best Scaleup Culture
  • Best Enterprise Culture

Kyra Solutions has been recognized with countless awards throughout its history. To name a few: Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies for three years in a row, Florida Trend’s Top 25 Mid-Size Companies “Best Places to Work” in Florida, Project Management Institute’s Best Project Planning & Execution Award for South Florida Water Management District’s E-Permitting system, and Tampa Bay Business Journal’s list of Fast 50 Companies for three years in a row and the State of Florida Diversity Business of the Year.

The award ceremony was held at Powderkeg’s first-ever two-day Unvalley Virtual Conference. The 100+ winning companies were recognized for being culture leaders at a national level, and 18 companies were awarded with top honors.

Learn more about the finalists at powderkeg.com/awards.

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Rebekah Hammond Dorworth Appointed as President of Kyra Solutions

Kyra Solutions’ Chief Executive Officer and Founder Piyush Patel announced the appointment of Rebekah Hammond Dorworth as the company’s next President effective January 1, 2021. Ms. Dorworth has been with Kyra since 2014 and has served in various executive positions that have contributed to the success of the company.

Piyush Patel stated, “We are excited to see Rebekah take the helm. I have been able to witness her character and leadership over the past six years and know that she is the right person to take Kyra to the next level.” Mr. Patel continues, “In her mission, she will lead the efforts to create opportunity pipelines, drive operational excellence, and set up processes and systems for project/service delivery in coordination with our Regulatory, Transportation, and GovTech practice leaders. Additionally, with the help of our practice leadership, she will assist in developing our brand and forge strategic channel partnerships. Her business skills, humble personality, and strategic focus will help all the employees at Kyra who do the heavy lifting every day.”

Rebekah earned her Master of Business Administration at University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from the Florida State University. Personally, she is committed to the education empowerment of our youth and serves on the Board of Directors for the PACE Center for Girls - Orange.

“I am extremely humbled and honored for this opportunity. Kyra is a fast-growing, successful company and I look forward to continuing the work of the great team before me,” continued Ms. Dorworth. “While there are many roles a President plays, my chief mission will be to execute our strategic vision by continuing to develop our company's credentials, market credibility, and competencies to seize opportunities created by technology innovations and demographic shifts.”

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Kyra Solutions, Inc. Partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Solution Using Edge Technologies to Reduce Traffic Fatalities

Orlando, Fla - Kyra Solutions, Inc. partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to improve traffic safety by delivering its enhanced V2X (vehicle-to-everything) data exchange platform, called IntelliExchange™, to enable edge-driven actionable insights. The solution uses the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems, which are designed to securely power intelligence on the roadway.

Through its partnership with HPE, the world-wide leader in delivering edge-to-cloud and platform as-a-service offerings, Kyra will accelerate its already successful connected vehicle program. By leveraging the HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems, Kyra enables real-time processing for IntelliExchange™ to collect and analyze vehicle data and send alerts in milliseconds. This live data management ensures instant alerts and warnings to transportation management centers (TMC), emergency responders, and drivers nearby about critical situations such as wrong way driving, disabled vehicle, sudden traffic congestion, workers’ presence in construction zone, to name a few.

“At HPE, we are committed to being a force for good by empowering innovation that improves the way we live and work. The HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems enable Kyra Solutions to harness insights from a vast amount of data in real-time to advance road and traffic safety and help save lives. We look forward to continue collaborating with Kyra with a range of HPE’s hybrid IT solutions to create meaningful outcomes,” said Gerald Kleyn, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Edge & IoT Systems at HPE.

“This strategic partnership allows us to support and accelerate our customers’ journey towards the goal of zero traffic fatalities. By leveraging HPE’s edge computing, our system analyzes and processes data instantaneously for critical applications right on the roadway. We are excited to use proven technologies like IoT, AI, edge computing in our nation’s smart infrastructure to save lives.” expressed Apurva Desai (AD), Vice President of Kyra’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center focusing on operationalizing emerging technologies for the surface transportation sector.

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In a relentless pursuit to bring roadway fatalities to zero, Kyra Solutions, Inc. is committed to saving lives by partnering with transportation agencies across the globe to provide innovative traffic management solutions. Kyra’s scalable, flexible, and open architecture based IntelliExchange™ platform allows agencies to seamlessly harness growing and diverse data sources such as connected vehicles, IOT sensors, cameras, and edge devices. IntelliExchange™’s easy to configure functions and features allow traffic management centers (TMCs) to instantaneously detect and respond to incidents, proactively avoid or reduce crashes and congestions, and develop actionable insights on traffic trends for planning purposes. This platform, which future-proofs investments by being both hardware and communication protocol agnostic, can be continuously leveraged for additional use cases to increase mobility, reduce traffic’s carbon footprint, and provide operational efficiency.

If you would like more information about the IntelliExchange Solution or Kyra Solutions, Inc. please contact Katie Eastburn at 863-529-1106.

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Kyra’s V2X Solution, IntelliConnect®, Operational in Florida

Boca Raton, Fla. – This month, Kyra Solutions, Inc.’s V2X (vehicle-to-everything) solution, IntelliConnect, became operational on the successful completion of CV (connected vehicle) pilot phase 2 at Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE). V2X communication allows cars to communicate with other vehicles, pedestrians, infrastructure, and smart technologies. This is the beginning of a transformational journey toward acquiring vehicle data in new and unique ways to improve safety and mobility.

“IntelliConnect is a powerful and completely configurable data exchange platform. This gave our team the ability to produce an end-to-end solution in a timely and cost-effective manner,” stated John Easterling, FTE District Traffic Operations Engineer. "Our partnership with Kyra on the pilot has been a successful step towards V2X communication. Most importantly, this pilot project is the first step in using new data to improve safety and mobility on our roadways with the ultimate goal of saving lives.” FTE looks to expand the program and to add use cases.

“This marks the culmination of a successful pilot focused on improving safety, mobility, and operational efficiency through the use of cutting edge IOT and AI technology,” said Kyra Solutions, Inc. President and CEO Piyush Patel. “Kyra Solutions’ V2X data solution pilot specifically focuses on enhancing roadway safety and traffic efficiency, with the added benefit of creating energy savings.”

Kyra’s V2X solution, IntelliConnect, is a flexible and scalable set of technology components that together provide a framework for both current and future Intelligent Transportation System services. The V2X technology is the latest in the transportation industry, and the first of its kind at Florida’s Turnpike. It is a modular platform that offers end-to-end integration of systems to provide solutions from edge computing in near real-time to a centralized data hub for business case processing and data storage in both transactional and big data systems.

IntelliConnect, built upon Kyra’s big data analytics platform IntelliExchange, provides APIs for easy integration with Traffic Management Center (TMC) systems like SunGuide® or other third-party software to provide incident management, alerts, etc. The solution can receive data from any sources (including CV’s, sensors, cameras, and ATMS) and perform aggregation, processing, and dissemination of near real-time transportation information for internal and external consumption.

Florida Automated Vehicles Summit 2019

Florida Automated Vehicles Summit 2019

November 20-22, 2019
Miami, FL

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Dreamforce 2019

Dreamforce 2019

November 19-22, 2019
San Francisco, CA

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ITS New Jersey 2019

ITS New Jersey 2019

October 28, 2019
Plainsboro, NJ

ITS Maryland 2019

ITS Maryland 2019

October 16, 2019
Linthicum Heights, MD

ITS Georgia 2019

ITS Georgia 2019

October 6-8, 2019
Athens, GA

ITS Midwest 2019

ITS Midwest 2019

September 26-27, 2019
Chicago - Downers Grove, IL

IBTTA 2019

IBTTA 2019

September 15-17, 2019
Halifax, NS, Canada

ITS California 2019

ITS California 2019

September 9-11, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

2019 Florida TaxWatch Productivity Award Winners Announced

Tallahassee, Fla. — On Thursday, August 8, Florida TaxWatch held a press conference at their headquarters to announce some of the winners for the TaxWatch Productivity Awards, presented by Kyra Solutions. A group of sponsors and winners gathered together to support the winning agencies and state employees that have made an impactful difference in our state.

TaxWatch will be handing out nearly 200 awards this year, to a group of roughly 550 employees and 17 large teams. The large teams range from the Department of Environmental Protection as a unit, to the FIU Police Department, to the FSU Learning Systems Institute/CPALMS staff.

“The TaxWatch Productivity Awards recognize the commitment and innovation of our state employees who are serving Florida while working to save our taxpayer dollars,” stated Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. “Thank you to Kyra Solutions for ensuring this vital program continues to thrive for years to come, recognizing and encouraging the diligence of these dedicated public servants.”

“Kyra Solutions is proud to be the lead sponsor of the TaxWatch Productivity Awards recognizing state employees, who often go unrecognized, for their efforts in making our state more efficient and effective,” expressed Kyra Solutions, Inc. President and CEO Piyush Patel.

Kyra Solutions, Inc. is the title sponsor of the Awards program for the next decade. The firm exclusively serves the public sector; it has been recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Florida and won one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America. The TaxWatch Productivity Awards Program publicly recognizes and rewards state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. Since the inception of the program 30 years ago, over 16,000 nominations have been submitted to recognize state employees who have produced over $10 billion of added value to Florida’s taxpayers.

The TaxWatch Productivity Awards will kick off its award ceremonies on September 11, 2019 in Tallahassee and continue to travel around central and south Florida to present awards to the state employees in other regions. A list of winners is available on the Florida TaxWatch website.

Florida Cabinet Recognizes Kyra Solutions Resolution Designating July as Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards Recognition Month

Tallahassee, Fla. - On Tuesday, June 4, the Florida Cabinet unanimously passed a resolution declaring July 2019 as Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards Recognition Month. Kyra Solutions, Inc. who has served the Florida’s public sector since 2002, is the title sponsor of the Awards program for the next decade and was recognized by the Cabinet for this generous sponsorship. The TaxWatch Productivity Awards publicly recognizes and rewards state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. Since the inception of the program 30 years ago, over 16,000 nominations have been submitted to recognize state employees who have produced over $10 billion of added value to Florida’s taxpayers.

“The TaxWatch Productivity Awards recognize the commitment and innovation of our state employees who are serving Florida while working to save our taxpayer dollars,” stated Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who sponsored the resolution. “Thank you to Kyra Solutions for ensuring this vital program continues to thrive for years to come, recognizing and encouraging the diligence of these dedicated public servants.”
Kyra Solutions held a kickoff reception on March 25 at its Tallahassee Collaboration Center with past winners, agency secretaries, department heads, coordinators, and chiefs of staff in attendance. Judging for this year’s awards is currently taking place. Winners will be announced on September 11, 2019 at the Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards Ceremony in Tallahassee, FL.

“Kyra Solutions is excited and proud to be the lead sponsor of TaxWatch Productivity Awards recognizing state employees who go above and beyond their call of duty to make our state more efficient and effective,” said Piyush Patel, Kyra Solutions, Inc. President & CEO.

Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Award

Principal Leadership Awards

May 23, 2019
Orlando, FL

Building on nearly four decades of serving Florida’s taxpayers by improving government efficiency and taxpayer value in all areas of public policy, Florida TaxWatch established the Principal Leadership Awards program in 2014 to identify Florida’s most effective principals in high-risk K-12 public schools, recognize and reward their work, and promote their transformational practices throughout the state. The goal of the program is to improve student achievement in high-risk schools, thereby closing the achievement gap.

2019 AASG Annual Meeting

 

AASG 2019

June 9-13, 2019
Fairmont, MT

The 111th Association of American State Geologists Annual Meeting will be held in Montana at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort from June 9-13th. AASG represents the chief executives of the geological survey agencies from the 50 states and Puerto Rico. The four-day meeting includes technical sessions, field trips, and keynote addresses by invited speakers from across the realm of science, energy, environment, and policy.

2019 Sunshine State Scholars program

Sunshine State Scholars

June 13-14, 2019
Orlando, FL

The 2019 Sunshine State Scholars program will be held June 13-14, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Each of Florida’s school districts selects their top 11th grade students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). Each of the scholars, along with their parents, will travel to Orlando for an extraordinary two-day program. This year’s program will bring 100 high school STEM scholars together to conduct a “think tank” on tough Florida challenges.

2019 Florida Digital Government Summit

Digital Government Summit

May 16-17, 2019
Tallahassee, FL

Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. The Florida Digital Government Summit is designed to do just that. The summit has an advisory board that gathers public sector and private sector leaders to create an agenda that is relevant and actionable to the state and local government organizations attending the summit. Participants can take advantage of inspirational keynotes, leadership discussions, networking breaks, and timely topics discussed in the numerous breakout sessions to help advance the goals of their organizations and their own career paths.

2019 FAMIS Conference

2019 FAMIS Conference

June 24-26, 2019
Orlando, FL

The 2019 FAMIS Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida at the Marriott World Center. Over 400 CIO’s, IT Staff, Instructional Technologists, and Florida Department of Education staff representing 60+ counties in Florida were in attendance last year, and this year will be even bigger!