Last week I had a great converstation over lunch with Dr. Norm Jacknis, Cisco IBSG. We discussed how cities and counties are leveraging technologies to address issues in local communities despite tight budgets. It was great to catchup in person, but I wanted to continue our conversation so Norm invited me to join him at the National Association of Counties (NACo) conference in Portland, Oregon.
Thanks to the cloud, I was able to attend the NACo 2011 Technology Summit remotely via WebEx.
The theme for the event was County Survival Strategies in Tough Economic Times and showcased counties that have leveraged technologies to reduce county operations costs and enhance service delivery.
See below for highlights
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Tags: Cities, cloud, collaboration, Counties, data center, local government
By Howard Baldwin, Contributing Columnist
We talk a lot about how broadband could boost a nation’s economic competitiveness, but it’s equally true that broadband can raise the future prospects of cities and towns as well.
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York City-based group “dedicated to economic growth in the broadband community for communities large and small,” has been designating seven “intelligent communities of the year” since 2002. Winners since that year have been on every settled continent except Africa, and include names you might expect (Seoul, South Korea) and names you wouldn’t (Tallinn, Estonia).
Earlier in June, it named this year’s award winners. On the list were two previous winners — Eindhoven and Issy-les-Moulineux, France — and some surprises, including Chattanooga, Tennessee and Dublin, Ohio.
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Tags: broadband, fiber network, infrastructure, intelligent community, local government, wi-fi