December 3, 2008 By Wayne Hanson
Twitter, a social networking site that allows users to exchange short messages -- called 'tweets" -- on their activities, has been joined by a state and local government listing called GovTwit. Sponsored by BearingPoint, the site carries tweets from government entities such as the city of NapervilleIL reminding residents to clean sidewalks after winter weather, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's tweet linking to a fact sheet on his meeting yesterday in Philadelphia with President-Elect Barack Obama.
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.