August 6, 2010 By News Report
Democrats could get a boost in future battles for the New York state Legislature thanks to a little-noticed provision buried in the final budget bill, officials said yesterday. The measure requires the Legislature to count prison inmates as residents of their communities of arrest while drawing up legislative district lines. Historically, inmates have been counted as residents of towns where they're imprisoned. New York Post
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.