New technology task force includes tech veterans

January 21, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 21, 2010

The day after Mayor Ava Frisinger announced the formation of the Issaquah Technology Task Force in the State of the City address, the mayor unveiled the group’s members and mission.

Frisinger delivered the annual address Monday. The mayor said the task force plans to improve quality of life and business competitiveness by discussing a community-wide fiber network.

The panel — 11 technology professionals and government officials — will examine communications and technology infrastructure, what existing technologies and services offered in the near future will be available, and what Issaquah will need in the future.

The group is tasked to deliver a business plan. The document will outline what technology infrastructure improvements can be made, and how to best implement the upgrades.

The all-volunteer task force includes:

  • Bernadette E. Anne, Issaquah resident and Microsoft alumna
  • Robert Black, Highlands Fiber Network general manager
  • Colleen Dixon, Issaquah School District executive director of educational technology
  • Tom Flavin, enterpriseSeattle president and CEO
  • Cynthia Freese, Login Conference executive director
  • Janice Newell, Swedish Medical Center chief information officer
  • Jason Robar, Gazillion/The Amazing Society vice president and studio manager
  • Bob Stephens, city Cable TV Commission alternate member
  • Randy Terashima, assistant vice president – technology
  • John Traeger, City Council president
  • Wes Wahlin, Microsoft TVM Group program manager

“The task force, which is an impressive group of local technology experts, will study multiple methods for how we can strengthen Issaquah’s overall vitality,” Frisinger said in the State of the City address.

For the first time in city history, the technology task force aims to be paperless by using digital files and electronic communications as much as possible. Meetings will be working sessions, but residents will be welcome to attend and observe.

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