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.
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.