February 14, 2003 By Government Technology
The International County/City Management Association (ICMA) has partnered with the DOT to help facilitate the dialogue between local governments and the ITS Public Safety Program. To support the activities of the PSAG, ICMA is creating three Public Safety Liaison Groups made up of representatives from fire and rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical services, transportation, towing and recovery, HAZMAT, and local elected and appointed officials. Each Liason Group will convene in one of three regions across the country (members will represent the region where the meeting is held) offering a broader perspective on operational and policy issues. As a supplement to the PSAG, Liason Groups will identify barriers related to PSAG recommendations for implementation at the local level and offer strategies to overcome those barriers. Outcomes of Liason Group meetings will help PSAG make formal recommendations to DOT that effectively convey the perspective of public safety and transportation officials at the local level.
Liason Group members will discuss issues and provide input focused on the following three questions:
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.