October 6, 2009 By News Report
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today announced the allocation of $40 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help implement the Virginia State Energy Plan (SEP), a blueprint for funding energy-related initiatives throughout Virginia.
The ARRA funding will be allocated as follows:
Kaine also announced $9.7 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG). These grants will be distributed to small local governments for a number of eligible purposes, including:
Kaine continues to advance his "Renew Virginia" initiative to promote renewable energy, create green jobs and encourage preservation of the environment.
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.