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Shelf-Ready Cyber Initiatives

A variety of client-objectives can drive a cyber initiative. The objectives might involve the need to improve: air quality, parking or street congestion, vitality of malls or downtown districts, small business success rate, quality of work force, telework participation rate, transit ridership, or transit oriented development.

The following specific initiatives have been planned or prototyped by SPA to respond to some mix of those objectives, and can be replicated in interested jurisdictions. The first three involve planning and implementing a development project, usually in the form of a pilot or demonstration.

Combining project planning and implementation ensures that the planning is realistic and that the implemented project follows the plan’s vision. This practice usually results in multi-year, large-scale projects. Such an arrangement often involves a joint venture between SPA and the client in the implementation phase.

Network Station and e-Village: A mixed-function, shared use public facility that adds functions to transit oriented developments or downtown revitalization initiatives; and an electronic village that is a 21 st Century version of a compact, mixed-use pedestrian oriented community. The Blue Line TeleVillage was the prototype, and the Riverdale Network Station and e-Village has been planned with implementation expected in 2004.

The Xchange: A county or region-wide organization, similar to a ride-sharing agency that matches employees to nearby workstations for proximate telecommuting. It can also take on other cyber resource matching activities and some level of regional applications planning. The Xchange would be a component of the organizational infrastructure for implementing a Cyber Region with a system of Network Stations and e-Villages. The Telework Facilities Exchange of Southern California (one project of the Telecommunications for Clean Air Program) was the prototype.

In some cases the initiative might begin with a plan or policy.

Metropolitan Area Network Plan: A plan for a public-private collaboration to provide high-bandwidth services in the rail and other public rights-of-way throughout the region in order to support a system of Network Stations and transit oriented development. The Metro Net Plan was produced for the Los Angeles Country Transportation Authority.

Digital Centers Plan: A plan that identifies for a county or region the bricks and mortar centers for cyber development into e-Village. The Hudson County Cyber Strategy will be realized through a Digital Centers Plan.

Business Link: A video conferencing network that links teachers and other experts located at community colleges, colleges or universities with chambers of commerce or manufacturing associations for delivery of courseware to the work place or chamber/association office. Plans were developed for the South Bay Business Link and the Pasadena Community College Business Link.