July 1, 2011 By News Report
Walker County, Ala.
While life expectancies increased for men in all but a half-dozen U.S. counties, life expectancy for women declined in hundreds of counties. Women in Walker County, Ala., have seen the worst decline in life expectancy in the United States over 20 years, dropping by nearly two years. The study's authors theorized that an increase in female obesity and smoking, as well as related chronic diseases such as heart problems, may have hindered women's life expectancy. Birmingham News
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.