December 21, 2005 By Wayne Hanson
In the May 2005 issue of Public CIO, Blake Harris of Government Technology spent a day tailing Menchini. "While 311 has been a centerpiece of Bloomberg's pledge to make government less confusing and more responsive," says the article, "it still is only one small piece of Menchini's responsibilities. These include not only IT, but also telecommunications and managing five cable television channels, as well as a regular broadcast channel and a radio station. 'I am actually a media mogul,' Menchini joked. 'I now have to go through an FCC review. They wanted to know if I own major stakes in any other broadcast companies because I was about to get a license for a noncommercial broadcast television station.'"
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.