September 30, 2009 By News Report
Roscoe, Texas is now home to the world's largest wind farm, according to E.ON, an energy company based in Dusseldorf, Germany that constructed the farm. According to an NPR feature Roscoe -- a town of 1,300 people -- was drying up. Even the Dairy Queen closed, which according to the story, is the death knell for a small Texas town. But today, 627 wind turbines capable of generating 780 MW rise above 100,000 acres of cotton fields, turning what once was a nuisance -- the wind -- into a source of energy, jobs and pride for Roscoe and its residents. "The completion of Roscoe is a major success for our team and another milestone in the development of renewables in our power generation portfolio," said Frank Mastiaux, CEO of E.ON Climate and Renewables, in an announcement today. "In just under two years we have increased our wind park capacities worldwide to 2,600 MW, with over half of that total -- 1,500 MW -- in the United States."
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.