CITA Action Plan - August 2002

Objectives and Initiatives

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Objectives

  • To promote and support the development a regional and statewide Technology Infrastructure

  • To promote the development of the e-learning industry and the adoption of e-learning in business, education and community development (Adopted)

  • To support the effective adoption of technology in K-12 education that will enhance student learning, provide students with skills for the workplace, build communication links between the home, workplace and schools, and support professional development for administrators and teachers (Adopted).

  •  To accelerate adoption of, and advise and assist Arizona organizations and enterprises in the practical application of new collaboration and conferencing technologies to support business, education, economic and community development (Pending).

  •  To develop the CITA Web Site as an important community resource for  issues and resources related to technology infrastructure issues and the adoption of technology in business, government, education and community (Pending).

  • Provide opportunities to educate the public, discuss issues and exchange information regarding information technology technologies and public policy (Pending).

  •  Represent the interests of Tucson in state planning and policy development activities related to technology infrastructure issues and the adoption of technology in business, government, education and community (Pending).

  • Provide leadership and coordinate with regional organizations to address technology infrastructure issues and the adoption of technology in business, government, education and community (Pending).

Initiatives

State and Regional Technology Infrastructure

To promote and support the development a regional and statewide Technology Infrastructure

  •  Coordinate the development of a Regional Strategic Technology Infrastructure Plan and Summit to assess the needs of the Tucson region and provide the vision, framework, policies and strategies to meet those needs.

  • Provide leadership role in the ATIC Statewide Strategic Telecom Infrastructure Planning Committee (Steve is co-chair of Committee). The Plan will address such issues as legislative and regulatory policy, private sector incentives, the role of state and local government, coordination of initiatives, etc.

  • Provide input and guide the development of state and local public policy related to technology infrastructure issues and the adoption of technology in business, government, education and community

E-learning

To promote the development of the e-learning industry and the adoption of e-learning in business, education and community development (Adopted)

  • Facilitate E-learning initiatives to deliver education and workforce development programs for business, government and education

  • Develop strategies to use technology and e-learning to support professional and staff development for K-12 teachers and administrators

  • Support the development of the Gazel E-learning Cluster and a Southern Arizona “Chapter” of Gazel. Tucson representative and facilitator for Gazel.

K-12 Technology and Education

To support the effective adoption of technology in K-12 education that will enhance student learning, provide students with skills for the workplace, build communication links between the home, workplace and schools, and support professional development for administrators and teachers.

  • Develop strategies and business/education partnerships to enable our schools and teachers to adopt technology in the classroom that will enhance learning and provide students with skills for the workplace

  • Develop strategies to use technology to build communication links between the workplace and K-12 teachers and students

  • Develop strategies to use technology and e-learning to support professional and staff development for K-12 teachers and administrators

  • Participate in SAZTEA Education and Technology Conference

Collaborative Technology

To accelerate adoption of, and advise and assist Arizona organizations and enterprises in the practical application of new collaboration and conferencing technologies to support business, education, economic and community development.

  • Coordinate audio, data and video conferences for business and technology nonprofit organizations such as CITA, clusters, ATIC, Gazel, GSPED, etc, and develop strategies to more effectively use technologies such as Cable TV, the Internet and the telephone for business, education and community meetings and events

  • Provide forums and workshops to support Arizona organizations and enterprises in the adoption and application of collaboration and conferencing technologies

  •  Develop state-of-the-art audio, video and data conferencing centers (particularly Tucson and Phoenix)

Small Business and Technology

To help small businesses and nonprofit organizations effectively adopt and implement technology.

  • Partner with small business organizations to present forums and small business technology workshops to help small businesses learn about and effectively adopt and implement technology such as e-business, networks, buying technology, or automating business processes

  • Develop a Tucson Technology Resource and Support Center

CITA Web Site

To develop the CITA Web Site as an important community resource for  issues and resources related to technology infrastructure issues and the adoption of technology in business, government, education and community.

  • Redesign the CITA Web Site

Tucson Link Forum

Provide opportunities to educate the public, discuss issues and exchange information regarding information technology technologies and  public policy.

  • To present the Tucson Link Forum that will enable people from business, government, education and the nonprofit sector convene for lively discussions on issues such as telecom regulation and dynamic presentations on the Internet and other new technologies.  Through sponsorships we also showcase companies that provide technologies and services in Tucson. The forum provides opportunities for the Tucson Community to: showcase new technologies and to explore practical applications of these technologies for business, government and education; become informed about and provide input into the development of local, state and Federal policy; educate the public, discuss issues, exchange information, coordinate efforts, and facilitate action on information technology concerns; find new partnerships and share resources; increase community awareness and acceptance of the current and emerging roles of information and telecommunications; promote the use of information technology in Tucson.

Tucson Representative and Coordinator for Statewide Organizations

Represent the interests of Tucson in state planning and policy development activities related to technology infrastructure issues and the adoption of technology in business, government, education and community (Pending)

  • Serve as Tucson representative and facilitator for statewide organizations and initiatives such as the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC), the Arizona Strategic Partnership For Entrepreneural Development (GSPED) and Gazel Arizona.

  • Seek GSPED recognition as a regional Foundation Group

Coordination with Tucson organizations

Provide leadership and coordinate with regional organizations to address technology infrastructure issues and the adoption of technology in business, government, education and community.

  • Engage with local organizations such as: GTSPED, the Southern Arizona Technology Council and high tech industry clusters, the Chamber of Commerce/GTSPED New Economy Coalition, the Greater Tucson Business/Education Leadership Group, Small Business Providers group, the Southern Arizona Education Technology  Association, the Black and Hispanic Chambers, the Arizona Small Business Association and the Arizona Council For Economic Conversion.