July 27, 2009 By Jim McKay, Editor
Heavy rains in April threatened levees and the city of Jamestown, N.D. Since then, the Army Corps of Engineers has embarked on a nationwide quest to cut down every tree within 15 feet of a levee. The rationale is that the roots of nearby trees weaken levees.
The agency wants to eliminate trees along more than 100,000 miles of levees, which has drawn the ire of environmentalists and others who say it's unnecessary and that the trees can actually help stabilize the levees.
Photo by Michael Raphael/FEMA
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.