October 19, 2011 By News Report
Pictured are (Left to Right): Dan Gillison; Chris Zimmerman, Board Chairman, Arlington County Board; Barbara Donnellan, County Manager, Arlington, Va.; Ajit Arya, Deputy CIO, Arlington, Va.
"We are proud to have won the award and to have our staff recognized for their Herculean efforts in the Board meeting by our County Manager," said Marybeth Majka, Arlington County Strategy and Portfolio Management, Department of Technology Services.
The survey -- which recognizes outstanding examples of counties using information and communications technology -- is conducted each year by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award was presented by Dan Gillison, a representative of Sprint, one of this year's survey underwriters.
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.