October 11, 2009 By News Report
This past summer, Dallas County, Texas, District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons announced on his blog that the county would soon become the first court in the county to be completely digital. According to a story yesterday in the Dallas Morning News, one court is nearing completion, and the others are targeted for conversion by July of next year. Travis County's Family Court digitization is being used as a model, and in Travis county, paper records are scanned and the paper retained for two years in the event of errors or omissions. After that the paper is shredded.
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.