Gates was one of the judges who awarded the city council a 2006 Computer World Laureate for developments that have linked over 16,000 computers within the authority.
The council has been beavering away at setting up a new contact centre and new payment services - including online payment which took £500,000 in the first three months of operation. It has also developed home-working and working in the community systems.
It was jolly sporting of Gates to back the City given the fact that it used Sieble ebusiness systems software with is an Oracle partner.
The medieval market town has been at the cutting edge of innovation before. It was the first place to run a commercial railway in the world, transported coal into the centre of Leeds. Some of the coal is still there. µ
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