February 27, 2009 By News Report
"One of the most important parts of the federal recovery plan is the emphasis on accountability and transparency." -- Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (pictured)
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire today launched an updated Web site with information about how the federal economic recovery plan is being implemented in Washington state. "One of the most important parts of the federal recovery plan is the emphasis on accountability and transparency," Gregoire said. "Our Web site will provide a place for Washingtonians to see where the recovery money is going and the results that are being produced."
Now included on the site:
According to a release from Gregoire's Office, the contact information for local governments to use to apply for money is especially important.
"Because each fund source will have unique criteria that must be met by the applicant, local projects will need to follow the application process each agency has established to be considered for funding," said Victor Moore, director of the state's Office of Financial Management (OFM). "Since the timelines for distributing funds are generally very short, I encourage organizations with projects to contact the relevant agency as soon as possible to find out what you need to do to apply. Having sent your project to the Governor's office or to OFM does not mean you have applied for any specific program or program funding," Moore added.
Several additional components will be added to the site in the coming days. The site will include:
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.