Rick Dietz serves the communities of the City of Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana in multiple ways. Primarily, Rick Dietz works as the IT Director for the City of Bloomington. Under his leadership, Bloomington has become a leading community in the use and production of open source software to streamline government operations, reduce costs, and provide high quality constituent services. Rick is an advocate for increasing the use of open source systems in government, in particular enterprise-scale systems and for community-source software collaboration among governments. Coding efforts have focused on Bloomington’s opens source GeoReporter Open311 Toolkit, but other projects are available via GitHub. Through Rick’s initiative, the City has received support from Google's Summer of Code program for its open source tools.
Rick also serves on the Monroe County Council, which oversees tax rates and levies, budgets, miscellaneous appropriations and staffing for Monroe County, Indiana. In this capacity Rick established Monroe County’s conservation non-reverting fund – which captures energy savings and solar tax credits for reinvestment in new conservation measures. Monroe County is deploying the open source GeoReporter Open Toolkit in early 2014 using an open citizen engagement process. Rick also serves on a number of citizen boards and commissions.
Outside of City Hall, Rick is the founder, former President, and continues as an active board member of Humanetrix (HFI), a technology and entrepreneurship not-for-profit organization based in Bloomington. Under Rick’s leadership, HFI organized The Combine technology and entrepreneurship conference, multiple Ignite Bloomington events, and the first TEDxBloomington conference. In his spare time Rick is a partner in a certified organic farm and a startup distillery in Bloomington.