October 21, 2009 By Casey Mayville
Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009
On Wednesday, California CIO Teri Takai hosted a webinar on IT security. After describing California's IT landscape, Takai outlined the new plan for the Office of Information Security which included protecting the state's critical infrastructure and personally identifiable information, creating a 911 strategic plan and a disaster recovery plan.
Takai also talked about reaching out to areas of the state that are underserved and the need to promote new technologies and solutions for those areas.
Finally, Takai touched on what the state is doing to become more transparent. Transparency is essential for accountability and California government Web sites are putting more information online for the public to see.
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.