Local Government & Community Service

Are local governments using technology to communicate with citizens, to provide information, and to provide services? Audiences may include city, county, school boards, regional goverments. This information is designed to help the community learn what is already in place and identify a list of possible activities a community may want to consider undertaking.

Factors to Assess
Local government and community services factors to assess:YesNoPotential action item
Do city and county governments collaborate on telecommunications and information networking infrastructure?   
Are computers in local government networked within buildings?   
Are local government computer systems able to network with state systems or with other local government systems?   
Are computers in local government networked between buildings?   
Do local governments use mobile wireless data networks to enhance efficiency?   
Do local governments regularly include budgeted funding for technology upgrades?   
Do local governments regularly include budgeted funding for technology training for elected officials and employees?   

Does the city government have a website?

Does the county government have a website?   
Do local governments use the Internet to post bids and buy goods or services?   
Do local officials play a role in state-level information networking policy formation?   
Have existing local ordinances been reviewed and modified to remove anti-technology bias?   
Do human service organizations have a centralized computer database of community resources?   
Do human service organizations communicate with the public and each other electronically?   
Does the community have a website for the community with links to other local home pages?   
Do community websites have information of specific interest to newcomers and visitors?   
Is there a community-maintained website for posting of community events and discussion of local issues?   
Do the city and county governments cooperate in a computerized geographic information system?   
Has there been an assessment of the overlapping data and/or mapping needs of local agencies such as the County Assessor, County Register of Deeds, city/county emergency response, city/county planning and zoning authorities, city/county public safety agencies, natural resources districts, local utilities and public works departments, economic development entities, and County Engineer/Highway Superintendent?   
Has there been an effort to determine what digital maps, geospatial data or technical assistance is available through state government agencies?   

 For the entire table and more information check out the Section 9 Workbook pages.