July 29, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
With so-called "sovereignty" resolutions, 28 states have begun efforts to resist federal programs that they say violate the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal today announced that state's sovereignty bill, making Wyoming the latest to raise the issue. Freudenthal, in a release, cited the Real ID Act, The Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act as unfunded mandates that usurp the functions and responsibilities of state government.
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.