Eight named to the High Technology Task Force

By David F. Rooney
The City has named the eight local citizens who will sit on its High Technology Task Force.
They are Chris Tipper, Dennis Grey, Kevin Dorrius, Tracey Buckley, Uri Naprstek, John Simms, Jean-Marc La Flamme and James Bacon.
Community Economic Development Director Alan Mason will be the staff liaison for the Task Force and a City Councillor is expected to be named at Council’s March 24 meeting.
According to the task force’s terms reference, which were approved at the Tuesday, March 11 Council meeting, these individuals are to “provide advice and suggestions to City Council with respect to promoting the development of the High Tech sector in the community.”
The Task Force is expected to craft a five-year strategy Revelstoke can use to attract and build a high-technology sector. That strategy is due by March 31, 2016. It may also be called upon to provide Council with advice on specific technology issues.
News of the appointments came just one week after TELUS announced that it would bring high-speed Internet service to Revelstoke. Lack of a high-speed connection has long been identified as a major impediment to the development of a high-technology sector in our community. It should also facilitate the expansion of Web-based commerce.
Please click here to view the terms of reference for the task force.