The California County Information Services Directors Association is the official organization of the county IT directors and CIO’s throughout the state of California. CCISDA represents all 58 California counties in the area of information technology and county government.
CCISDA facilitates sharing of new computer applications and products, staff development and training, consulting services to member counties and support organizations, and systems integration work between counties, the State of California and the federal government. CCISDA members also regularly participate in many statewide and national government and technology organizations.
CCISDA meets officially in conference twice each year. The conference covers a four-day period, and includes specialized course work, workshops, seminars and information exchange in the above outlined areas, as well as a complete show of new products and services by some of America’s major corporations who specialize in local government IT.
CCISDA also has a number of workgroups—Rural/Small Counties, Information Security Forum, Criminal Justice, Property Tax—that meet quarterly.
Brief History of CCISDA
On June 7, 1957, 10 people representing nine counties within the state of California met in Riverside, California. At this initial meeting they adopted a resolution forming the California Association of County Data Processors (CACDP). In 1999, the Executive Board proposed, and the organization adopted, a new name — California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA).
Through 1961 the organization met in conjunction with the County Auditors and Tax Collectors Association at a combined state annual meeting. At CCISDA’s business meeting on 11/17/1961, they voted to hold meetings semi-annually in spring and fall. In April 1962, CACDP had its first ‘solo’ meeting.
Early in the life of CCISDA, it became evident that the frequent exchange of information and the comparison of experiences between counties is very helpful. The semi-annual meetings assisted the orderly growth of automated systems in the many varied county installations.
The Association grew and rapidly included representation by all counties in California, with the exception of some of the lesser-populated areas. All California counties are automatically a member in CCISDA and there are no membership dues. Conferences are attended by the CIO’s and their key assistants.
The Association held its first vendor equipment show in conjunction with its Spring 1979 meeting. The Emeryville Holiday Inn did not have enough electrical power in its exhibit room to run the power-hungry computers of the time, so a motor-generator was leased and parked outside the hotel to power our exhibits. Vendor exhibits have been a major feature of all our conferences since that date.