October 11, 2011 By Wayne Hanson from News Reports
Which Cities Have Top Credit Rating?
"Areas of the country that didn't go crazy during the boom are probably still reaping the benefits in terms of their credit scores." USA Today
Tablet App Builds Braille Keyboard (Video)
The lack of tactile feedback makes typing on a touchscreen difficult at the best of times, but the problem is even worse for blind and visually impaired users. That's set to change thanks to Adam Duran, a student on a summer course at Stanford University who has come up with a Braille keyboard for tablets. New Scientists
Video Contest Winner Illustrates the Value of Local Government
ICMA’s fourth annual video contest has come to a close and winners have been selected! This year, contestants were asked to create a short videos that answered one of the following questions: ICMA
Fast-Thinking Teachers, School Defibrillator Save Girl
Seventh-grader Kylee Shea collapsed in the hall of her Dallas-area school and could be dead or brain-damaged today if not for two quick-thinking teachers who revived her with CPR and a defibrillator. Happy News
Rand Reconsiders Pot-Shop Study After L.A. City Attorney Complains
Rand Corp. has removed a controversial study on crime and medical marijuana dispensaries from its website while it reviews the conclusions, a decision that came almost three weeks after the Los Angeles city attorney's office criticized the report and demanded that it be retracted immediately. Los Angeles Times
Community Policing Award Winners Announced
Winners and finalists demonstrate the meaningful change that can occur when law enforcement officials and their communities are empowered to utilize all available resources for crime prevention and improvement of quality of life. IACP
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.