Option #1: Technology Improvement Plan
Community development increasingly relies upon the Internet to bridge divisions and to forge linkages between disparate communities. From Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn, to instant messaging and e-mail, communities across the United States have turned to the Internet to not only connect communities but also to provide core government services. It is not an exaggeration to claim that the Internet has transformed the way that communities do business.
As the Planning Associate, you have been asked to submit a plan to the City Manager’s Office on strengthening your efforts in the area of technology. In an 8- to 10-page plan, reflect upon what strategies community developers could enact that would capitalize on the Internet to not only provide government services to citizens, but also to spark renewed development and interest in local communities. You may wish to focus on the following considerations:
- Do all citizens need Internet access? If so, how can communities provide greater access to broadband Internet access to their citizens? How would this enhance responsible community development?
- What government services can be transmitted to citizens via the Internet? Which should not? Why?
- Are social networking sites an effective mechanism for communities to link citizens and to encourage community development?
- What dangers, if any, confront community developers as they seek new technological means to provide linkages between citizens and between government and citizens?
You may, and indeed are encouraged to, support your arguments using strategies that you have either read about in the news or that you have seen enacted in your local communities. Use this as an opportunity to brainstorm about ways that community development can be enhanced in this, the Internet age. You also can visit the Urban Institute (Links to an external site.)for ideas or your local community development website.
The paper must be:
- 8-10 pages in length,
- A minimum of five (5) outside sources including at least three (3) peer-reviewed journal articles,
- Set to Times New Roman 12-point black font,
- Double-spaced, and
- In APA format
Make sure you include headings, per APA guidelines. Include a minimum of five (5) outside sources as well as course material. Sources should be adequately chosen to provide substance and perspectives on the issue.