June 19, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
"The most significant element, however," said Scott Fernqvist, special assistant to the CIO, "is the shift in information architecture. The site used to be essentially a portal to subsidiary Web sites of the various departments and offices of the county government. While still a work in progress, the new site is instead intended to provide a unified executive branch enterprise view and is organized in categories that are more meaningful to the public than our organization chart."
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.