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January 4, 2002
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Mark Bowen, Mayor’s Office, 441-7511

Mayor's Technology Council Completes Phase I Report
Workshop set for January 8

Mayor Don Wesely and Bill Johnston, co-chair of the Mayor's Technology Council, today announced that the Technology Council has completed Phase I of a Technology Report and is holding a Technology Audit Workshop Tuesday, January 8.

The workshop is one of a series of projects the Technology Council has conducted since being organized by the Mayor. The Council prepared a series of detailed reports which examined seven sectors looking at the opportunities for growth, future needs and potential obstacles to growth in each industry. The reports were used as a basis for the "Mayor's Technology Report, Phase I."

The Mayor's Technology Report, Phase I is scheduled to be released next Tuesday in conjunction with the workshop. The seven team reports looked at the areas of biotechnology, electronics technology, health care, insurance industry support, metal products industry, software development and quality of life.

"Lincoln offers a great quality of life and an overall stable economy, but we need to be vigilant and innovative about attracting new job and technology opportunities," Wesely said. "The Technology Council has been diligently working examining technology needs within the community."

A technology audit is being conducted by HDR The workshop scheduled for next week is part of the technology audit. It will assist in gathering opinions from a cross section of the community to help create possible actions the community should consider to address the growing demands of business, education, residential customers, nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the new economy.

The results of the Technology Audit Report is expected to be completed in February. In addition, the Gallup Organization is conducting an employer technology infrastructure study concerning telecommunications service and needs, which will also be completed in February.

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