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04/30/2008 - Terabyte Triangle to Expand Mission

Ten years ago the Terabyte Triangle (TT) was launched as an economic development initiative based in Spokane’s downtown core. The TT’s mission was “to establish downtown Spokane as a nationally known center for software, multi-media, and Internet commerce via high-speed fiber-optic-based connectivity.” In the late ‘90’s, there was already an optical fiber infrastructure available throughout the downtown area, and there was plenty of office space available for lease. The premise was to combine the two into a booming high-tech sector billeted in downtown Spokane.

To accomplish this goal, the TT chose communication and technology as its means of disseminating education and for “getting the word out.” They created a Web site and a monthly electronic newsletter. After publication, all news stories are posted on the TT Web site. The Web site was carefully engineered to be easily picked up by all of the search engines. The result is, that within days of posting, the subject of the story often can be found at the top of the list in searching on Google, or any of the other major Web search engines. In addition, if anyone searches for “wired downtowns” or various other queries based on connectivity technology, Spokane is always either at number one or in the top five on all of the major search sites.

About ten years ago, several other technology-centric organizations existed. Technet was a regional organization whose purpose was to provide a structure within which technology professionals could come together, become acquainted, and learn from each other. The Valley High-tech Council served technology professionals in that area. Sirti had been formed as SIRTI -- a research and technology institute -- especially formed to serve as an intercollegiate meeting ground and to foster technology transfer. INTEC was formed to facilitate education and training for the technology sector. Connect Northwest spun off from INTEC. A brief symposium series was held to identify regional needs and possibilities. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a national organization, had a very active chapter in Spokane.

Today, Technet, the Valley High-tech Council, and INTEC have dissolved. The symposium series is a distant memory. Out of that series, various educational forums were held, and EFGN is the sole survivor – still holding forums and workshops. Sirti has a highly focused mission as a high-tech business accelerator – and the name is no longer an acronym. Connect Northwest is rebuilding. ACM exists only as a facet of an organization of several SIG’s (special interest groups).

Earlier in 2008, the Terabyte Triangle lost a major sponsor, and the all-volunteer board addressed whether perhaps the TT had completed its role. The unanimous decision was that the Terabyte Triangle mission, vision, and role in the community are more important than ever, and the TT should definitely “stay the course”. Over the past two months, the TT has quietly reorganized, acquired new sponsors, and has built a new financial system. The TT mission is being cautiously broadened. Now most of the “organizational upgrades” are in place, so this newsletter, which has been a little shorter for a couple of months, will be back in full force in May.

Billie Moreland
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