August 12, 2008 By News Report
The National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council (eC3) is currently accpeting nominations for the 2008 eC3 Excellence Awards Program which recognizes outstanding performance in newly implemented government programs. Nominations are due by 5pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th and the winnders will be announced at the eC3 annual conference, December 9th through the 12th in Seattle, Washington. Complete information including the nomination form is attached.
The 2008 awards will highlight programs in one of three categories. One award will be given for each category. Programs from federal, state, or local government are encouraged to submit nominations. Three award categories are:
Nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th. Once received, a panel of judges will review all the submissions and announce a list of finalists by the end of October. All finalists will be invited but not required to attend the eC3 conference. Finalists will be given the opportunity to exhibit their project and share their lessons learned as part of conference workshops.
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.