September 3, 2013 By News Report
The state of Louisiana has engaged the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) to help cities, towns and parishes use broadband technology to improve economic opportunity.
ICF will conduct two-day master classes in Natchitoches on Sept. 27 and Lafayette on Oct. 11. Each ICF workshop mixes tutorials and case studies with interactive discussions centered on proven actions that will improve a community’s economic future.
The free ICF classes have been made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Division of Administration’s Office of Information Technology and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Following the workshops, seven Louisiana communities will be selected to participate in the ICF’s self-test program and will receive an analysis and individualized reports at no cost. ICF will report back to the selected communities on how well they perform.
The self-test addresses the five intelligent community indicators:
Additionally, three communities will be selected for mentoring by ICF to prepare them to submit applications to the annual Intelligent Community of the Year Awards Program, if they chose to do so.
To attend the ICF master classes or to request information, contact Diana Simek, vice-president of economic development for the Coordinating and Development Corporation at (318) 632-2022 or email@example.com.
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.