September 20, 2009 By News Report
"We want to have world-class, high-speed networks everywhere in Illinois -- especially in our rural communities." -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (pictured)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday announced a partnership between the state of Illinois, local governments, Norlight Telecommunications, Motorola and Royell Communications to bring high-speed Internet to Macoupin and Montgomery counties. "We want to have world-class, high-speed networks everywhere in Illinois - especially in our rural communities," said Quinn in a statement. Quinn went on to say that broadband is necessary for public safety, education and healthcare, as well as business growth in the state. Quinn's "Illinois Jobs Now" public works program includes $50 million for broadband deployment, which will help Illinois leverage federal broadband grant and loan program
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.