July 22, 2009 By News Report
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (pictured) has been an outspoken advocate for accountable and transparent election systems, and in 2007, she commissioned the Evaluation & Validation of Election-Related Equipment, Standards & Testing report, (EVEREST) which identified some significant security loopholes in voting equipment. Yesterday, Brunner announced that one of the election systems in question in the EVEREST review -- Elections Systems & Software's Unity 220.127.116.11 voting system -- has now been certified for use in Ohio. This marks the first time in almost three years that new voting equipment has been available for purchase and use by Ohio's 88 county boards of elections, according to a release from Brunner's office.
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.