March 6, 2009 By News Report
"As we begin to allocate Recovery Act funds it is important that citizens are kept informed about how their money is being used." -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (pictured)
Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced the allocation of $1.6 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to education, public safety and transportation needs in Virginia. He also announced that Chief of Staff Wayne Turnage will lead a working group that, starting today, will evaluate and appropriately route projects submitted on the Stimulus.Virginia.Gov Web site. Once work begins, Virginians will be able to track the spending of recovery funds through a Web site currently being developed by the commonwealth, and expected to launch shortly.
"As we begin to allocate Recovery Act funds it is important that citizens are kept informed about how their money is being used. That's why we launched our Web site last month and why we're making it a priority to continue to be transparent and accountable moving forward," Kaine said. "We all have a stake in our financial future and we will make sure that all Virginians will be able to track how well we're doing."
The $1.6 billion that has been allocated to Virginia so far is targeted at three main areas:
Since the launch of Stimulus.Virginia.Gov on February 10, more than 7,000 proposals have been submitted by citizens, localities and other groups. After the close of business today, suggestions will be sorted by the governor's working group and sent to the appropriate secretariat for evaluation. Secretaries will ensure compliance with applicable federal rules and make recommendations to the governor for which projects to fund. Detailed information on those projects that are chosen will be made available on a Web site that is currently under development.
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.