July 10, 2009 By News Report
Photo: Solar energy installation in Texas
Hawaii, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Texas will receive $141 million in Recovery Act funding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. "This funding will provide an important boost for state economies," said Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a statement, "help to put Americans back to work, and move us toward energy independence. It reflects our commitment to support innovative state and local strategies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy while insisting that taxpayer dollars be spent responsibly." Hawaii will receive $10.4 million, Maine $10.9 million, Nebraska $12.4 million, New Mexico $12.7 million, the Northern Mariana Islands $7.5 million, and Texas $87.5 million.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.