January 21, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
"Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age." With that statement, the Obama Administration launched its Technology Agenda -- among about two dozen subjects in all -- on the Whitehouse.gov Web site. While broad in scope, it outlines administration positions on many technology-related issues from education to stem cell research. The administration, for example, will support network neutrality, protect privacy, deploy next-generation broadband, make the R&D tax credit permanent and protect American intellectual property at home and abroad. The administration, says the agenda, will lower health care costs by investing in electronic information technology systems, and modernize public safety networks.
Early in the presidential campaign, Obama also released a technology plan.
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.