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02/27/2002 - Digital Downtowns Proliferate Across America

As old-time radio comedians Bob and Ray used to say, "from approximately coast-to-coast" a wave of new alliterated digital downtowns -- each based on a downtown urban district and high bandwidth communications -- is sweeping over America. From "Bandwidth Bay" in San Diego to "Broadband Brooklyn" in New York City, the wave sweeps over Austin, Texas ("Digital Downtown") and Buffalo, New York ("Buffalo Byte Belt").

The original 'old-guard' digital downtown districts, such as New York City's "Silicon Alley" and San Francisco's "Multimedia Gulch," grew by 'spontaneous combustion' when high tech entrepreneurs gathered in somewhat random neighborhoods, then formed clusters of interacting businesses based on synergy alone -- with perhaps some deliberate stimulation by city governments and organizations later on in their history. It was on these civic developments, and additional ones in downtown Portland, Oregon and San Jose, California, that the original research for Spokane's Terabyte Triangle was based.

But unlike these progenitors, the new districts are the deliberate creations of downtown improvement associations, employing a deliberate strategy of economic development and high tech business recruiting based on advanced connectivity. Inevitably, they have an official website (unlike the old guard) which often has sponsors, maps, links, and pictures.

If all this sounds familiar, it may be because the Terabyte Triangle pioneered as -- probably -- the first of the new digital downtowns, and spread its message and methods as far and wide as possible since its foundation in the summer of 1996 and official launch in the fall of 1997. Regularly, speakers such as Terabyte Triangle founder Steve Simmons, Downtown Spokane Partnership leader Mike Edwards, Fernwell proprietor Tom Powers, and SIRTI incubator manager Hank Artis, have appeared at dozens of local, regional, national, and international meetings devoted to economic progress methodologies. The DSP's Mike Edwards, for example, has appeared in San Diego, and Austin to present the Terabyte Triangle’s methods, results, and success stories and was interviewed by the Buffalo, New York newspaper (co-incidence?).

The results are now spreading across the map of America.

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