August 5, 2013 By News Report
Jeffrey Honeyman (L), representing sponsor Dell Corp., presents the plaque to County CIO Terry Bledsoe amid a gathering of county officials and staff.
Catawba County, N.C., on Monday received a 2013 first place Digital Counties Award from the Center for Digital Government, Digital Communities and the National Association of Counties.
Catawba County leveraged partnerships with school systems, local governments and the private sector to procure information technology, to construct a multi-jurisdictional business park and to recycle raw materials for energy production at the Regional EcoComplex. The complex is fully supported by ICT and includes a wireless mesh network that covers 100-plus acres.In addition, the county developed enterprise-level performance dashboards providing improved transparency and citizen engagement.
Captions: From row starting with man in pink shirt (LtoR) Steve Lackey, Programmer Analyst; Randy Isenhower, County Commissioner; Lee Yount Jr., Programmer Analyst; Michelle Williams, Software Specialist; Barbara Beatty, County Commission Vice-Chair; Jeffrey Honeyman, Dell Corporation; Terry Bledsoe, Chief Information Officer, Catawba County; Kitty Barnes, Chair, Catawba County Board of Commissioners; Dan Hunsucker, Board of Commissioners.
Middle row: Penny Tate, Software Systems Engineer; Savannah Glass, PC Specialist; Renee Hart, E-911 Coordinator; Greta Bumgarner, GIS Programmer Analyst; Valerie Jones, Application Development Administrator; Peggy Eades, Network Engineer; Stephanie Pannell, Senior Network Engineer; Mickey Lail, Network Engineer; Michelle Deese, GIS Administrator; Scott Irwin, Computer Specialist; Susan Lowman, PeopleSoft Application Administrator.
Back row (LtoR): Tony Regan, IT Project Manager; Scot Rose, Network Engineer; Ray Lemmond, Programmer Analyst; Donnie Albert, Database Administrator; Jerry Boggs, Telecommunications Administrator; Norm Tipton, PC Specialist; Rich Little, Network Engineer; Matt Coffey, Network Engineer; Nha Nou Yang, Network Operation Administrator; Ralph Dell, GIS Applications Specialist; Denise Simmons, Applications Specialist.
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.