February 13, 2007 By Gina M. Scott
"Thanks for this piece and the reminder that this change could end up as not just a minor inconvenience, but could be disruptive to governments and the services they deliver. We believe there will be unintended consequences to the early DST date that governments have not planned for yet. We issued a research brief advisory [pdf] for our states last week and listed other time-sensitive technologies that may be impacted."
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.