March 31, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs announced a list of more than 40 open solicitations for grants. The grants include funding for programs aimed at Internet crimes against children, rural law enforcement, corrections, courts, forensics and more.
Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine today announced the addition of competitive grants resources information to the commonwealth's stimulus site, and users may now sign up for economic recovery e-mail updates. According to a release from the Governor's Office, Virginia will receive about $4.8 billion through the ARRA, but only a limited amount of that money will be available for projects chosen by the state. However, additional federal stimulus funding is available through the ARRA competitive grant process.
Entities that submitted proposals to the original Stimulus.Virginia.Gov Web site in February are encouraged to stay current on the ARRA federal grants opportunities and apply for any appropriate grants as they become available. The Governor's Office recommended that those interested in researching or applying for a competitive grant register with the federal government as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing applications. More information on the federal grant application process is available through Grants.gov.
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.