September 17, 2009 By News Report
According to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Citylink is a better way for residents to keep up with what's happening in their city. "Citylink Seattle takes our city beyond traditional news releases and printed newsletters to delivering faster, more immediate information that keeps you in touch with your city in one convenient place," he said in a statement. Eleven city departments -- including the Police Department, Animal Shelter, Parks and Recreation, Fire Department, Arts and Cultural Affairs and six others -- are contributing to the initial launch. Residents can also sign up for RSS feeds and get information sent directly to their phones or mobile devices. Several departments -- including Police, Fire and Transportation -- provide Twitter feeds.
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.