GamePolitics reports that Decatur, Georgia is looking into the development of a virtual environment
to "encourage community networking, improve civic engagement, and promote economic development in the city." They've put out a request for ideas
(PDF) on how to adapt a blending of MMOs and social networking to suit a city's civic needs. "The virtual environment should mimic, though not necessarily mirror, the layout and visual aspects of the City within the defined geographic area." They also want it to be avatar-based, friendly to businesses, and have a "fun and intuitive interface."