June 14, 2010 By News Report
A severe tropical storm would be doubly catastrophic in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster in the gulf, said the Center for American Progress. Such a storm could carry oil from the sea to the land, contaminating homes, businesses, farms, and even drinking water. Preparations for such an event must begin now so that every step to safeguard people and their communities can be undertaken. This includes preparing for food or water contamination, disrupted commerce or agriculture, and other impacts of gallons of oil raining from the sky. This effort must not wait until a tropical storm is days away from landfall because it will be too late.
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.