Middle Tenn. cities look to use more technology

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cities throughout Middle Tennessee are looking to use more technology, but cost is a barrier for many.

The Tennessean reports spending on technology varies widely from community to community, depending on many factors including the expectations and demographics of residents.

In Franklin, the seat of the state's richest county, city officials began investing heavily in technology more than a decade ago. It has an information technology department with more than 12 workers, fiber-optic cables that connect city buildings and virtual servers.

Meanwhile, the city of Spring Hill in southern Williamson County, has yet to hire a full-time IT worker.

City Administrator Victor Lay says the city spends about $85,000 on IT functions, but he thinks that number will have to be adjusted to keep up with technological demands.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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