July 8, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT), the Association of Government Accountants and the Association of Local Government Auditors will conduct an audio conference next Thursday to address ARRA administrative costs. "This monumental legislation placed many additional responsibilities on accountability professionals in state and local governments without designated funding," said NASACT in a release. However, OMB, on May 11, issued guidance which provides flexibility in recovering administrative costs, which "Should enable states to obtain the resources necessary for enhancing their administrative capacity to meet the Recovery Act responsibilities," according to the release. There is a fee for the conference, which is scheduled for Thursday July 16 at 2 p.m. EDT. Contact Pat Hackney for more information.
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.