April 26, 2013 By Dennis McKenna
FutureStructure is a new framework for thinking through and solving challenges faced in building economically and socially robust communities; its aim is to overcome the constraints inherent in haphazard and siloed approaches communities often take when conceiving, investing in and building their future.
This new approach to 21st century city- and community-building consists of:
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.