Local decision-makers and government staff are
under growing pressures to use information efficiently. They
face new demands for accountability and effective
performance as they deal with increasingly complex issues.
Because the Internet is a rich source of up-to-date
information resources, it can help local governments and
community organizations deal with these growing pressures.
This makes an Internet information guide for local officials
a very needed resource. To help people take advantage of the
Internet, TVA Rural Studies asked Priscilla Salant and
Christy Dearien to write the Local Government Guide to
||The Local Government Guide to the Internet: Online
Resources for Communities is an Internet guidebook
developed for everyone who makes decisions that impact their
community's future. Whether you volunteer or work for pay in
a public agency, community organization, business group, or
regional development agency, the Local Government Guide will
help you find the best online information and use it wisely. It is filled with real-life examples to help you interpret what you find on the Internet and apply it to solve problems you face on a day-to-day basis. |
The Local Government Guide to the Internet is
organized by specific subject areas within six major
sections. Throughout each chapter, examples of how to
interpret online information and apply it to solve everyday
problems are provided.
The book is organized into six major sections:
- Part 1 provides the basics you'll need to take full
advantage of online information.
- Part 2 (People) shows you how to use the Internet to
answer questions about the size and characteristics of your
- Part 3 (Place) covers information on local housing
characteristics, infrastructure, the environment, and land
- Part 4 addresses questions you're likely to ask about
your local economy. It will help you use online information
to better understand your economy and to identify promising
- Part 5 (Government) describes online information about
how local government (including the local school system) is
organized and financed. It also explores how local
governments are using the Internet to provide information,
communicate with citizens, and facilitate a variety of
- Part 6 explains how to put online information to the
very best use. Read chapters in this section of the book if
you want to to start a community indicator project, produce
high-quality maps, or write more effective grant proposals.
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