September 10, 2009 By News Report
Texas Gov. Rick Perry named Charles Bacarisse presiding officer of the Texas Department of Information Resources and also appointed Richard Moore to the department. Bacarisse is vice president for advancement at Houston Baptist University and past chair of the Texas Online Authority. Moore is retired vice president of business and administration for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is also a past member of the University of Texas System Information Technology Strategic Leadership Council.
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.