March 19, 2009 By News Report
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who two days ago announced the state's Sunshine Spending Web site, today unveiled the Florida Office of Economic Recovery's Web site that allows the public to review state and local governments' use of federal stimulus funds. The launch of the FlaRecovery.com Web site comes during Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of Florida's dedication to making state and local government more accessible to the public.
"We will ensure that Florida is using the highest standards of fiscal integrity, transparency and accountability in putting the federal stimulus dollars to work for Florida's families and businesses," Crist said. "I invite Floridians to return to FlaRecovery.com often to check on our progress of getting this much-needed relief to our schools, workforce, transportation projects and most vulnerable residents."
The Web site will be a clearinghouse of all public records and documents related to the implementation of the federal stimulus dollars, according to a release from the Governor's Office. Visitors will be able to get information about programs such as unemployment compensation, workforce training, food stamps and cash assistance.
Florida's share of the federal stimulus package is estimated to be more than $13 billion over three budget years and Crist has proposed using $4.7 billion of the funds for the 2009-10 budget. To receive the funding, appropriate budget authority must be approved by the Florida Legislature.
According to the Governor's Office, the following amounts are planned from stimulus funds:
To date, state agencies have filed a variety of reports and applications that will potentially lead to Florida's receiving the following federal stimulus dollars:
Florida's Preparation to Receive Federal Stimulus Dollars
On February 2, in anticipation of Congress' American Recovery Act, Crist formed the Federal Stimulus Working Group to review the best use of federal stimulus dollars.
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.