December 11, 2012 By News Report
Photo: (L to R) Commissioner Richard Strickland, chairman of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners; Michelle Fields of AT&T, who presented the award; and John Catron, IT director, Glynn County Board of Commissioners.
The Center for Digital Government presented Glynn County, Ga., a 2012 Best of the Web award for the county's official website. The website redesign, completed this year, was judged a finalist based on visual appeal, integration of social media icons and consistent navigation. Online services, including "My Connections," offer quick access in plain language. Attention to security, and the GIS catalog of services and open data were judged very impressive. In addition, Quick Response Codes in parks link to websites with more information about those parks.
In its 17th year, the Best of the Web (BOW) awards recognize outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency. Entries were reviewed and judged by a panel of national experts.
The Center for Digital Government, based in Folsom, Calif., is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event and research company. Governing, Government Technology and Public CIO are three of their best-known publications.
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.