July 12, 2006 By News Report
"As the general manager of the city of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency (ITA) for the past two years," said Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. "Thera Bradshaw has worked tirelessly to advance technology's role in our city and government. During her tenure, ITA has furthered its efforts to offer wireless service Internet access to visitors and link citizens to downtown city council meetings via live video teleconferencing technology, among other initiatives.
"The need to improve technological services and opportunities to our residents is as great as any need facing the city of Los Angeles," continued Villaraigosa, "and Ms. Bradshaw met this challenge with enthusiasm. I wish Ms. Bradshaw much success and enjoyment in her retirement and I congratulate her on a job well done."
Villaraigosa said he would name an interim general manager while a national search for a successor is conducted.
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.