In the wake of a tragic attack on one of its employees, the Napa branch of the California Department of State Hospitals was determined to try and prevent anything close to that incident from happening again. DSH-Napa engaged the services of several technology partners with the goal of swiftly implementing a cutting-edge tracking, alarm and response system to cover every square foot of the campus grounds. This Government Technology thought leadership profile, sponsored by AT&T, describes how DSH-Napa fulfilled its goal of improving staff safety with its innovative wireless system.
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.