June 29, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
Newly elected British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday announced that the Queen had invited him to form a government. The announcement was carried in the media of course, and on the PM's Web site, but also on the Downing Street YouTube Channel.
The Downing Street YouTube Channel was launched last month under former PM Tony Blair, who used the direct media to congratulate Nicolas Sarkozy on his election to president of the French Republic.
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.