IT and Economic Development
Hi! This is an entry to start a dialog on how IT (Information Technology) can help create and shape a city or region.
I’ve personally witnessed how a personal computer can turn someone’s life around in a positive direction, coming from a point in time where they felt they had nobody in their life and not much to live for. I’ve also seen a similar scenario play out with companies and organizations that went from being technology adverse or laggards to embracing technology and turning their future prospects totally around in a positive direction.
I’m interested in hearing similar stories and how you believe information and communications technology can build and shape an economic region. It would also be interesting to learn the % of folks in organizations that have computers, how they use them and how much of their business involves or even depends on the internet, including ecommerce.
I chair my City's Mayor's committee for communications and he is extremely eager to transform electronically available information. There's nothing he's not looking at. However, making sure you know what you need and understand what you are - and are not getting - is very important to him, as it should be, and when you don't have the expertise yourself, it can be daunting. Asking around is helpful but finding partners is another way to ensure that you don't buy more than you can afford or need and don't end up with something that isn't useful to your constituents.
Great topic - esp. right now with a lot of Ohio communities banding together to apply for funds through the Local Government Innovation Fund for IT sharing purposes. Thanks.
excellent points!!; so easy to get your garden watered with a fire hose of IT solutions that's for sure. I guess the anwer's somewhere in the middle... like you say, know your needs first...the "gotta haves" vs. the "wanna haves", which is why I try not to go to the grocery store hungry :)
it's great to get out and talk with people; share the issues and the operational challenges and compare notes