June 15, 2010 By News Report
Photo: Chicago is one of four cities examined in the study.
A study commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Mayors investigated high-speed rail's economic benefits. The Economic Impacts of High-Speed Rail on Cities and Their Metropolitan Areas, looked at four U.S. Cities -- Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando and Albany, N.Y. -- and concluded that in all four cities, high-speed rail would increase jobs, wages, business sales and productivity. The economic payback, said the report, is especially good when intercity travel is under three hours.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.