November 2, 2009 By News Report
While in the U.S., states and localities consider banning the use of cell phones, texting and other distractions by motorists, a group of bored South Korean taxi drivers has won the right to watch television while in traffic. According to a BBC news story, Digital Media Broadcasting (DMB) beams television to more than 17 million mobile screens including those on the dashboards of taxis. A driver recently challenged a law banning TV watching while driving and won.
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.