November 18, 2009 By News Report
The National Governors Association (NGA) today sent a letter to Senate and House leadership urging Congress to pass S. 1261, the "Providing for Additional Security in States' Identification Act" (PASS ID), this year. The letter, signed by NGA Chair Vermont Gov. James H. Douglas and NGA Vice Chair West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III, states that "as many as 36 states will not meet the requirements of REAL ID by the end of the year." PASS ID offers a "practical solution" to REAL ID and "enjoys bipartisan support and the endorsement of the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security."
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.