November 24, 2009 By News Report
Dr. David Blumenthal (pictured), HHS' national coordinator for health information technology, today announced plans to make available $80 million in ARRA grants to help develop and strengthen the health information technology workforce. The grants will include $70 million for six-month non-degree community college training programs for those experienced in health care or IT. Participating colleges will coordinate their efforts through five regional consortia. Another $10 million will help develop educational materials to support those programs. Information about grant applications will be available shortly.
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.