June 11, 2010 By News Report
West Virginia's official website recently got a makeover, based off citizens' and state employees' suggestions, that allows for easier access to government services.
With the same "robust content as prior versions," the site makes finding information easier with several new features:
The redesign was completed at no expense to taxpayers, according to its press release, and is the result of a public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive. West Virginia Interactive is part of eGovernment firm NIC's family of companies.
New York City adorned Times Square with giant quick response (QR) codes last week in a multi-agency initiative called The City at Your Fingertips.
While most of the QR codes direct scanners to websites for more information, some promise a free ringtone or chance to win tickets to a Times Square viewing of the Tony Awards. NYC Media is the agency behind the effort.
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.