April 4, 2003 By Shane Peterson
A Hawaii state representative introduced a bill in late January that would ban unsolicited telemarketing calls, text, and graphic or picture messages sent by solicitors to mobile devices. -- The Honolulu Star Bulletin
This year, the Kansas Department of Revenue will implement electronic titles for certain vehicles. If a vehicle has a lien against it, the department will hold the title electronically until either the debt is paid in full or the vehicle is sold. -- The Wichita Eagle
Superior Court Judge Timothy Hillman said the MassCourts project -- a system that will electronically tie together records in all seven Massachusetts court departments -- will be completed early next year, almost a year ahead of the 2005 deadline set by the Legislature. -- The Boston Globe
North Carolina and Charlotte, N.C., announced plans to share each other's traffic cameras. Work is slated to start this summer to join the two camera systems. Charlotte will be able to use state cameras along two interstate highways, while the state will have access to Charlotte cameras on two city streets. -- The Charlotte Observer
Pennsylvania completed work on its Keystone Communications network -- 5,000 miles of fiber-optic cable that government agencies, the state's system of higher education and businesses in rural and underserved areas can use for voice, video, Internet and data services.
Harris County, Texas, is developing new flood-plain maps that should help county and city officials better target flood-prone areas in southwest Houston. The new maps will more accurately assess an area's risk of flooding by using light detection and ranging, or LIDAR, similar to radar used in airplanes.
Two bills in Virginia Legislature would affect how the state disposes of electronic waste. One would ban the disposal of old computers, TVs and other electronic equipment in landfills; the other would require the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to create an electronics-recycling program by July 2004. -- The Virginian Pilot
Washington, D.C.,'s portal hit 100,000 pages of information in early January. Officials said recent statistics demonstrate that usage of the dc.gov site increased from about a million and a half hits in 2001 to almost 100 million in 2002. The average hits per day jumped 60-fold -- from 4,300 hits to 256,000 hits.
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.