Jerry Mechling
The transition to a global, knowledge-based economy creates huge challenges for federal, state and local jurisdictions as well as for other governments around the world. Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government has issued a new, Web-based case highlighting this problem. The case invites readers to submit ideas as part of a contest.

The case explores how Michigan -- led by Governor Jennifer Granholm and CIO Teri Takai -- is tackling economic development where solutions rely heavily on information technology. It asks readers to assess what Michigan has done so far, and then recommend priorities for the future.

Responses should take the form of a 1,000-word-or-less memo, submitted by January 15, 2006. The winning response by a non-student will earn a scholarship to an upcoming E-Government Executive Education workshop at Harvard (in March or May). The winning student response will earn a cash prize of $1,000. Read the contest rules online, or contact the Kennedy School for more information.

Jerry Mechling  |  Contributing Writer