June 2, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu (pictured) today announced nearly $50 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to advance commercial deployment of geothermal heat pumps (GHP). "The heat from the Earth represents a significant energy resource that can be tapped to reduce emissions contributing to climate change." said Chu. "Expanded use of GHPs in the United States will create new jobs for engineers, manufacturers and technicians while at the same broadening our nation's clean and renewable energy portfolio." GHP funding joins DOE funding opportunities for biomass and other green technologies.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.