November 10, 2009 By News Report
A business owner who wants to build a statewide database of Maine's land records went to court to require 13 Maine counties to provide the records, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald/Sunday Telegram. John Simpson of MacImage of Maine LLC, said that he was denied access or the counties stalled on his request even though the state requires public record delivery within five days of the request, unless prohibited by law. Simpson intends to create a unified database of all the land records in Maine's 16 counties, according to the article.
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.