October 19, 2009 By News Report
Debra Dansby (pictured) receiving one of two leadership awards from state CIO Ken Theis.
The Michigan Digital Government Summit honored the following organizations and individuals at an event last week in Lansing:
Visionary Awards: Deborah Obrecht, Bruce Township; and Eric Swanson, Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships
Best Applications Serving a Public Organization: Cost Reduction/Investment Blog, Oakland County; and Sex Offender Registration Scan System
Best Applications Serving the Public: Video Center, Oakland County; and Certificate of Need e-Serv System
Most Innovative Use of Technology: Petitions Under Review, City of Ann Arbor
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.