A successful online media entrepreneur, Ted Smith is an Open Government champion and applied researcher on innovation related to open data. Ted was appointed by Mayor Greg Fischer as the Director of the newly-formed Office of Economic Growth and Innovation in January 2012. This department seeks to grow our economy through a wide range of means including flexible loan programs, advanced planning activities as well as strategic work in globalization and sustainability.As of July, 2011, Dr Smith was the city's first Director of Innovation and was tasked with both internal government agency innovation support as well as citizen engagement. Prior to joining city government, he was appointed Senior Advisor on Innovation in Health Information Technology in the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) of Health IT in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, he led several initiatives focused on encouraging innovation in health IT and public private partnerships. Dr Smith is an Open Government champion and applied researcher on innovation related to open data and a former member of the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) Open Government Team. He is a successful online media entrepreneur. His most recent company provided news about the treatment of chronic disease.
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