September 15, 2011 By Wayne Hanson from News Reports
Top 10 Metro Areas Gaining Kids
While the aging baby boom generation continues to dominate discussions of demographic changes in the United States, new population shifts are emerging with young families, in terms of where they are choosing to live and raise children. Urban Land
Wood-Burning Truck Sets Salt Flats Speed Record
In this land where computer-drawn, jet-driven vehicles with speeds approaching the sound barrier have drawn headlines for decades, Utah got a dose of good ol' Alabama boy ingenuity. Birmingham News
County Reduces Homeless and Jail Populations Simultaneously
Putting homeless people behind bars for nonviolent crimes may temporarily keep them from disturbing the public. But it fails to address the chronic issues -- like substance abuse and mental health problems -- that will likely land them back in jail again and again. Governing
NYC Residents to Decide Budget Expenditures
Four City Council members, intrigued by experiments begun in Brazil to let ordinary citizens determine how government uses tax dollars, say they plan to allow their constituents to decide how $4 million is spent next year. New York Times
C.I.A. Examining Legality of Work With Police Dept.
The C.I.A. is prohibited from gathering intelligence on American soil, but some have criticized its counterterrorism cooperation with law enforcement services as a de facto domestic spying campaign. The head of the Police Department’s intelligence unit, David Cohen, is a former C.I.A. official, and the agency has a senior clandestine officer embedded in the New York police force. New York Times
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.