July 9, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced today that the state has submitted $2 billion in ARRA pre-applications focused on a high-speed rail project between Washington, D.C., and Petersburg, Va. Virginia has invested more than $197 million in the congested I-95 corridor to-date, said Kaine in a release, and recently executed an agreement with Amtrak to initiate a new Northeast Corridor train between Richmond and Washington, D.C. "Virginia has made significant investments in rail options to help rebalance our transportation network in the commonwealth," said Kaine. "As we continue to work toward high-speed rail in Virginia, the availability of ARRA funds will help deliver more transportation choices and economic benefits to the public much more quickly than we would otherwise be able to achieve."
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.