New technology group includes tech veterans

January 26, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

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 all-volunteer task force includes tech veterans.

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.

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.

“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.

Task force members
-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, costco.com assistant vice president – technology
-John Traeger, City Council president
-Wes Wahlin, Microsoft TVM Group program manager

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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2 Responses to “New technology group includes tech veterans”

  1. thehousedog on January 27th, 2010 11:47 am

    how about free internet and a computer for all residents as a starting point. seriously – who is this all going to benefit? businesses, the government, or people – that’s right, probably us people way down the line after we pay for it all. another pie in the sky dream that improves our quality of life. browsing the internet does not improve quality of life. come on – we can’t even get a grocery store in the highlands! working in a city where you have employers who allow employees to work from home 3 days a week improves quality of life. thank that will happen in our little old town?

  2. Juliet on March 25th, 2010 11:06 am

    As an Issaquah Highlands resident, I absolutely hate the Highlands Fiber Network (HFN). By living here, we are forced to use it and even if we don’t use it we have to pay for it. It is an oppressive service run by an oppressive staff, including Robert from which this article mentions. HFN changes the rules on IH residents all the day, jacks up prices, charges more than other competitors on the open market and cuts service without warning and demands an extortionist $50 fee to re-activate. Do not move to the Issaquah Highlands if you want to put up with bad service, high rates and insane fees.

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