September 24, 2013 By News Report
Lacakwanna County, Pa., received a national award recently for placing among the top counties in 2013's Digital Counties Survey -- its third consecutive year as a top-five finisher.
The annual survey -- which recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology -- chose winners that improved government services and efficiency in spite of tough fiscal barriers. The Digital Counties survey is a product of The Center for Digital Government, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and e.Republic’s Digital Communities Program.
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Photo Caption: Lackawanna County Department of Information Services accepts 2013 national IT award. Back row left to right, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Richard Byron, Senior Programmer/Analyst; Fred Buttner, Project Manager; Sherry Nicolais, Secretary; Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Jeffrey Mando, Chief Information Officer; Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; JoAnn Eltringham, Office Service Clerk; Joan Neville, Office Services Clerk; Anthony Walters, Webmaster; Eric Jordan, Officer Services Clerk; Matt Evans, Systems Support Specialist. Front row left to right, Robert Walsh, Systems Support Specialist; John Gable, Communications Technician; Mark Coleman, Network Cable Specialist; Colin Doherty, Network Administrator; Sandy Seymour, Systems Support Specialist; Leeann Yurkanin, Systems Support Specialist. Absent from photo are Ted Karampilas, System Administrator; Darryl Bickauskas, Network Administrator; Paul Wentovich, Network Cable Specialist; and Walter Youshock, Systems Support 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.