Chief Business Technology Officer (CBTO)
James Close is the Chief Business Technology Officer (CBTO) for MNIT at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). He received his BA at the University of Wisconsin Stout in Applied Mathematics, concentrating in applications programming and business management. After over ten years as an application programmer of business systems and working at IBM on the AS/400 System, he came to the State of Minnesota to Direct the Year 2000 Program Office, working with all branches of government, local government, citizens and the private sector, for which he received a commendation from Governor Arne Carlson. James worked in the MnDOT Program Management Office and implemented IT Strategic Planning, IT Service Management, and Enterprise Architecture and has been the CBTO at MnDOT for over four years.