May 22, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
Antonio "Tony" Hylton is the new CIO of Cook County, Ill., and will replace Catherine Maras O'Leary who resigned recently. Hylton is the president of Broadband Technology Associates of Aurora, Ill., and as technology advisor to the mayor of Aurora, was part of the technical team responsible for the architecture, business plan development and budget preparation of the citywide technology infrastructure. He also participates on four subcommittees of the Governor's Illinois Broadband Development Council and co-represents the city of Aurora on the Illinois Municipal Broadband Communications Assn. In addition Hylton is also a technology advisor to the Northeastern Illinois Communications Consortium, a group of public safety officials analyzing and determining the merits of a consolidated upgrade to the regional digital IP-based infrastructure for public safety.
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.