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“Another Firm Feels the Pull” was the 1994 headline that sparked the idea that became the Terabyte Triangle. While waiting in the San Francisco airport, Steve Simmons, Eastern Washington University professor of computer science, saw that headline in the San Jose Sun about another computer software company moving into downtown San Jose office space. The thought was, “if San Jose can do it; so can Spokane.” Simmons presented the idea was to then Joint Center for Higher Education director, Terry Novak, and then SIRTI (Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute) director, Lyle Anderson. The three became the tri-chairs for the project. Letters went out, and the project began.

The Terabyte Triangle’s purpose, according to a 1996 white paper prepared by Simmons, was to be a “broadly based initiative to enhance the vitality and prosperity of downtown Spokane, by attracting software development companies, and their supporting companies to the downtown area. These companies are attractive because they are manufacturers producing large income streams, yet without urban space detriments such as raw material stockpiles or pollution byproducts. In other cities, such as Portland and San Jose, they have made excellent use of historic downtown space, created life and activity, and have contributed many millions to the cities downtown economy.” The Terabyte Triangle was to include the downtown core from the Riverpoint area to Browne’s Addition, and north to encompass the arena district.

An all-volunteer board was formed, Sirti-sponsored focus groups held, and the Terabyte Triangle Briefing Book was produced in 1997. According to the Briefing Book, “a ‘hot zone’ must be created using high quality Internet technology as the underlying infrastructure.” In 1998, the Spokane voters approved a multi-million dollar bond that paid for the installation of the first optical fiber Gigabit Ethernet Education Metropolitan Area Network (EMAN), and the then burgeoning telecom industry competed to lay optical fiber networks all through downtown Spokane and to all schools in District 81. High quality, high speed Internet technology became available.

Opening with a kick-off event in the fall of 1997, Tom Power and the Fernwell Building were the first to embrace the new technology as a tenant amenity, and launch the Terabyte Triangle as a project. This was soon followed by Rob Brewster and the Holley-Mason Building; then by Ron Wells of Wells and Company. Since then, many firms have “felt the pull.”

The Terabyte Triangle continues with an all-volunteer board. The first Terabyte Triangle Newsletter was produced in January 2000, and nearly seven years of news articles are posted on the Terabyte Triangle Web site, .

Since 1997, the Riverpoint campus has blossomed into the U-district. Sirti has a new name, and now specializes in economic development by incubating the small technology companies the Terabyte Triangle was created to serve. There are currently about 150 technology companies using historic downtown space. Over 300 buildings in the greater Spokane area – including all schools -- are connected to Optical Fiber. High speed connectivity is considered a must have for all commercial buildings.

The City of Spokane was named the “most Intelligent Community” in the United States for both 2003 and 2004. The Spokane Hot Zone was developed and remains a vital resource for Spokane’s police, fire, and other emergency services. Downtown Spokane achieved a renaissance with the high-speed connected Davenport Hotel, Freeman Center, Morgan Building, Lorraine Building, Commercial Building, and on and on. The Triangle is looking forward to 2008 – as the new U-district Gigapop and Internet2-equipped Fox soon join the connected community.

Billie Moreland
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