January 26, 2012 By News Report
Alexandria, Va., received its Digital Cities Award in a presentation Jan. 24. Alexandria ranked third in the 125,000-249,999 population category. The city has ranked among top finishers nationally every year since 2005 and scored first place in 2006.
Asif Iqbal presented the award on behalf of AT&T a survey sponsor. Alexandria CIO Thomas G. Trobridge is center, and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille is on the right.
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.