April 29, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Corinne Charette has been appointed Canada's new federal CIO, joining the Chief Information Officer Branch (CIOB) of Canada's Treasury Board Secretariat, according to an article in ITWorld Canada. Charette had been the CIO of a government financial intelligence agency, and most recently was CIO of Transat A.T. Inc.
The CIOB provides strategic direction, leadership, management oversight and guidance to departments and agencies in information management, and leads the development and implementation of the Canadian government's information management (IM) strategy, IM policy instruments, IM community development, and more.
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.