September 9, 2009 By News Report
Mike Untermeyer, candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney, had himself fitted with a GPS ankle bracelet. Visitors to his campaign Web site can track his location 24 hours a day. Untermeyer said the move was intended to illustrate that electronic monitoring of offenders could save the city considerable money while protecting public safety. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the city has nearly 800 people on such monitors as they await trial.
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.