March 11, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Grants.gov subject to a "significant risk of failure," says OBM Director Peter Orszag (pictured)
Grants.gov -- the federal government's grants Web site for information on billions of dollars in federal grant programs -- has slowed causing frustration according to the Grants.gov blog A post yesterday by the site's Project Management Office said the high user volume continues: "We have over 2,500 users logged-on and 1,200 users conducting searches." A related story by the Washington Post quotes OBM Director Peter Orszag as saying a 60 percent increase in stimulus-bill-related site traffic poses a "significant risk of failure."
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.