July 8, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
According to an article in the Japanese Mainichi Daily News, employees of Keihin Electric Railway Co. will have their smiles photographed and rated by smile-measuring software each morning. Those with low scores -- based on eye movement, lip curvature and wrinkles -- will be advised to "lift mouth corners" etc., and will carry a photo of their best smile to emulate.
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.