November 5, 2012 By News Report
Photo: Chris Clay (R) of Motorola Solutions Inc. -- a Digital Counties program sponsor -- presented the award on Oct 31 to Napa County CIO Jon Gjestvang (L) who was outfitted for Halloween.
Napa County, Calif., a top Digital Counties finisher every year since 2004, extended its run with yet another award in the 2012 survey. The Digital Counties Survey awards recognize counties leading in the use of information and communications technology to work effectively in providing service to the public, and is conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities program — divisions of parent company e.Republic — in partnership with the National Association of Counties.
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.