February 19, 2007 By News Report
"I am delighted that today the first major step towards a single EU hotline number for missing children has been taken," said EU Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding. "I urge member states to act now to make this a reality, so that Europe's parents will soon know that they are able to call this number and get immediate help."
The first number to be reserved Europe-wide is 116000. All other numbers beginning with 116 are also reserved for social services in Europe and this decision is binding on member states. These free phone numbers and the services they provide will benefit citizens by helping those in difficulty, said the Commission, or by contributing to their well-being or safety.
A public consultation will be launched in March to identify social services that may benefit from 116 numbers which may then also be reserved.
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.