August 22, 2011 By News Report
Fulton County, Ga. -- a top-10 finisher in the 2011 Digital Counties Survey which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology -- received its award at a Board of Commissioners meeting on August 17. The award was presented by a representative of McAfee, one of this year's survey underwriters.
The survey is conducted each year by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo).
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.