August 19, 2009 By News Report
Maine and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) signed a memorandum of understanding for a review of tidal energy projects off the coast of Maine. "Maine is committed to developing our abundant renewable energy resources," said Maine Governor John Baldacci in a release. "Our state has been aggressive in its pursuit of clean energy to help end our country's dependence on fossil fuels, and this agreement will help establish a coordinated and responsible partnership between Maine and FERC."
"Today's agreement is an important step to pursuing hydrokinetic technologies on the East Coast," FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said. "This commitment by Maine to develop renewable energy sources puts us well on our way to move these new technologies forward and bring benefits to consumers."
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.