City of Atlanta Presents at Big Data Mornings


Hans Utz is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta and supports the COO and the Mayor in assembling the city’s $1.8B budget and managing 12 operating departments, including the Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments.  Hans wears many hats on a day-to-day basis, from developing legislation that supports key policy initiatives, to engaging with constituents and communities to ensure their needs are met, to driving efficiency and scale throughout city operations.  He has ridden on the side of garbage trucks during sanitation collections, sideseat on fire trucks during emergency response, and in the backseat of police cruisers on patrol.  The latter was by choice and work-related.  He promises.

Hans has an engineering background, with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Previous to his role with the city he worked in management consulting with Bain & Co., and has experience with private equity acquisition diligence and portfolio management.  He has a particular interest in local economic development and is a tireless promoter of Atlanta as a great place for entrepreneurs.  He has spoken at Big Data Week Atlanta and serves on the board of StartupAtlanta.

In his free time Hans sits on a couch and revels in the fact that he actually has free time.  As he writes this he is trying to remember the last time that happened.  He and his wife have two children, ages 3 and 5.  He has yet to decide whether they keep him young or wear him out, and admits it is probably both.

About Big Data Mornings

Big Data Mornings is a monthly gathering designed to give Atlanta communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue about Big Data. Visit for more details.

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  • Dave J.

    Sorry I had to miss Mr. Utz's presentation. I heard this was a great meeting!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • John l.

    This morning was a great opportunity to see how our municipality is forward thinking with their thought processes around the leverage of Big Data. Kudos for Mr. Utz and team… Thanks for the great data points as well on where Atlanta sits compared to other cities. It was very positive to see our technology community measures up well on the national platform...

    2 · November 21, 2013

  • Richard P.

    Mr. Utz did a fine job of mixing facts about running a city the size of Atlanta with instances where big data can provide value to the municipal equation. His grasp of the issues related to the implementation of big data to government and crime prevention, detection and resolution was particularly effective. Well done.

    2 · November 21, 2013

  • Ram P.

    Fascinating to know big data usage in City of Atlanta. Proud to be in Atlanta as a Technologist!

    1 · November 21, 2013

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