September 25, 2009 By News Report
How prepared is your agency for a pandemic? The Pennsylvania Office of Administration has a Pandemic Readiness Quiz that asks: "What can your agency do ahead of time to make sure you continue serving citizens, even if you have many employees absent from the workplace?" Some of the information is specific to Pennsylvania, but certain items apply anywhere such as: Who fills in when someone is ill? How are they notified? Who should be able to work remotely and what information access do they need? The commonwealth also has tips for employees who may be asked to work remotely with information on e-mail and phone access and forwarding, IT help desk and more.
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.