March 27, 2013 By Kristy Fifelski
Bill Schrier knows a lot about some of the trending topics I wanted to cover this week, so I asked him to be in my video. Formerly the CTO of Seattle, Bill has had a long career in government, and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Government.
In this GovGirl video, Bill told me about popular annual awards programs that are opening soon – the Digital Counties Survey, Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards. Because Bill is the former CTO of the City of Seattle, Washington, we chatted about the announcement of Erin Devoto as his successor. As a special treat, Bill shared the advice that he would tell past self if his present self had a time machine. Finally, we announced the new Web & New Media Group that we just launched for government technology types!
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.