December 13, 2010 By Wayne Hanson
Last year, Chesterfield County, Va. -- population 306,000 -- leveraged environmental initiatives to lower the county's energy requirements while reducing costs. Here are some highlights among the county's many improvements and innovations which garnered a first-place finish in the 2010 Digital Counties Survey:
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.