December 28, 2009 By News Report
A school district in Aurora, Colo., has installed two computer kiosks in a local shopping mall so that parents can check on their child's progress and grades at school. The kiosks cost $7,500 each and are password protected. School officials said the district might place the kiosks elsewhere in Aurora if they're successful.
Source: The Denver Post
New Jersey recently adopted a system that will connect law enforcement and the media so that they can disseminate information to the public when an at-risk person, such as an Alzheimer's sufferer, goes missing. The system will be used for people of all ages who have cognitive disorders. The "Silver Alerts" can be put on highway message signs and broadcast on TV stations.
Believe it or not, four communities in Massachusetts still lack Internet service of any kind. Gov. Deval Patrick and the nonprofit OpenCape Corp. are among those pursuing grants to build broadband capacity and extend its reach. The OpenCape project, which would bring Internet service to underserved areas, is one of several projects competing for federal money.
Source: Cape Cod Times
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.