March 20, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
"We must strive in 2009 to ensure that future votes are cast after a redistricting process that is based on the best methods to ensure fair and equitable representation." -- Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (pictured)
Redistricting has long been a highly political and always rancorous process that has the potential to empower one political party at the expense of another. Can opening the process to the public make it objective and fair? Ohio is about to find out.
Ohio residents are invited to participate in the Ohio Redistricting Competition, the goal of which is to demonstrate that an open process based on objective criteria can produce fair legislative districts in Ohio.
Ohio Redistricting Competition partners include Former Republican State Representative Joan Lawrence, Linda Lalley of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, State Representative Dan Stewart, Ohio Citizen Action, and Common Cause Ohio. They were joined today by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner in announcing timelines and logistics for the historic contest. The competition will begin on April 6, 2009, and the winners will be announced on May 11, 2009.
"The Ohio Redistricting Competition demonstrates our shared commitment to bipartisan solutions for Ohio's challenges. Just as we worked in 2008 to ensure that every vote was counted, we must strive in 2009 to ensure that future votes are cast after a redistricting process that is based on the best methods to ensure fair and equitable representation," Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said.
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.