October 5, 2009 By News Report
Customers in 13 cities and more than 100 university campuses can now reserve a rental car, locate it, unlock it and drive away, using a new IPhone application. The application is the subject of a USA Today video. The car-sharing company, Zipcar, charges members $7 to $12/hour according to the video, which includes gas and insurance.
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.