May 25, 2004 By Miriam Jones
Elgin is a suburb of Chicago in Cook and Kane County, Ill., and has a population of nearly 100,000.
Building inspectors in the field will use wireless PDAs along with PocketBP (Building Permit) software to perform building inspections, issue permits and query databases by any combination of permit types, inspection type, dates, inspectors and locations.
Code enforcement officers, running PocketCE (Code Enforcement) on their wireless devices, will have real-time access to individual case files. They will be able to create and generate new case files, enter case violations and detail case actions and narratives from the field.
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.