April 5, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
If unemployment, non-mortgage debt and foreclosure numbers are an accurate indicator of residents' happiness, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas have the happiest citizens while Oregon's are the saddest. MainStreet.com conducted a "Happiness Index," -- a national survey of economic well-being, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Hawaii, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wyoming, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin round out the top 10. At the bottom of the rankings were Florida, California, Nevada and Rhode Island. According to Mainstreet.com economic contentment is to be found in "small cities, towns and corn fields" rather than in major urban areas.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.