October 31, 2012 By News Report
Pinellas County, Fla. -- which placed second among counties in the 2012 Best of the Web Survey -- was acknowledged this week with an award presentation.
This was e.Republic's 17th annual Best of the Web program, which recognizes outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency.
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Kimberly Lee from award sponsor CDW-G; David A. James, deputy director of Business Technology Services; Tim Closterman, director of Communications Department; Gordon Othmer, senior information technology specialist; John Morroni, chair of the Board of County Commissioners; Terry Murphy, senior graphics designer of Communications Department; Malia Kucera, business technology services specialist; Mary Burrell, operations manager of Communications Department; Michael Roiland, Web manager, Business Technology Services.
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.