Executive Director's Report
as delivered at the October Staff Meeting on October 3, 1997
[Also see October 15, 1997 Addendum]
Community Outreach and Development:
- Submitted to the Board of Directors, two options for increase in user
fees. The Board is assessing the options and will be approving a new
schedule before the new year.
- A budget of $312,000 is required to maintain an infrastructure of la
Plaza for a nonprofit status - personnel, technology and connectivity,
office space and lab space. The increase in user fees must provide an
income of $312,000. La Plaza cannot depend on grant dollars (soft money)
to provide income, it is time for La Plaza to become self sustaining and
then provide special projects to the community funded by outside sources
of revenue; ie foundations, federal and state grants, corporations.
- The McCune Foundation approved the request to fund the community
meeting expenses and board training for the board elected in November,
Grants and future projects:
- Daniel and I met with Laura Parks-Sierra, Taos Day School teacher, to
discuss their Technology Plan and options for their connectivity.
- I met with Arnold Lopez and Gladyis Martinez, Penasco High School,
and discussed specail projects for the students. I introduced them to
Olivia Frost from the University of Michigan, who is developing class
activities for Chicano students in Ann Arbor Michigan. Nancy Montano will
teach several beginning HTML classes to the students in January 1998.
- Daniel and I met with Damen Benson, Business Manager for Holy Cross
Hospital, and discussed connectivity for the staff and doctors. The
Hospital will begin with one computer being connected for Internet access.
Loretta will teach several classes for basic Internet access.
- Met with Los Alamos National Lab staff, Rick Ulibarri - Director's
Office and liaison to State Government for economic development; and
Teresa Trujillo, Community Outreach Office. We discussed the
sustainabiltiy issues and will continue dialogue.
- Attended an orientation meeting in Albuquerque with the W.K. Kellogg
foundation to learn about the Managing Information in Rural Amercia
initiative (MIRA). The initiative is a 3 part series, with 3 RFP's
the first RFP requires a community effort in developing clusters of
community teams for leadeship training. La Plaza could participate as a
team member but not do the developing of the teams and RFP. I discussed
the teams with Bill Swan, Chamber of Commerce Board member and chairman of
the Business committee. This may not be a project for La PLaza, more
later as the teams have to be developed and operating before the other two
RFP's can be submitted.
- Met with Rick Ulibarri, LANL, and staff at UNM Taos, Dr. Augustine
Martinez, Jim Tucker, and Rudy Baca. We discussed and cussed the
beginnings of La Plaza and the opportunities to partner. UNMTaos does not
have a T-1 line, it has a 56Kbps line and would benefit from having a
T-1 line installed. I will be working with UNM to develop connectivity
from La PLaza and find funding, donation etc for a T-1 line.
- Daniel and I met with Warren Gaspar, Network Security Manager for
USWest. Warren has recently moved to Taos and will telecommuting to
Denver with his job. He had suggestions regarding the hacker incident and
will also be a source for reference, etc with USWest.
- Forouz Jowkar developed and we submitted a request to the MCI
foundation for $150,000 to fund public access in Penasco and Questa at
100% the current costs, and 50% costs for the TLC. The funding dates are
June 98 to May 99. This would continue the free public access for the
schools and the 3 health clinics (TIAP) and 5 community outreach trainers.
- Forouz Jowkar is developing a $67,000 request to W.K.Kellogg to extend
the current grant and provide training for public school teachers to put
lessons on line.
- The Microsoft request, Mike Bearden developed, for 10 PCs was denied.
We are going to redesign the request and continue to submit for Pcs to
replace some of the Macs in the TLC.
- The printer request submitted to LANL in August is still being
- Mike Bearden and I will submit a bid to La Jacarita Enterprises in
Mora to conduct a feasibility study for a Telecommuniations and Internet
service and a Multi-media business in designated areas in Mora,
Taos, and Rio Arriba counties.
- The meeting will be held on October 13, 1997 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at
the Taos School Auditorium. We will discuss that meeting and the roles
and responsibilities for the staff on that day.
- Ads have been in the Taos News and articles will be published in both
Taos News and Albuquerque Journal.
I will let Dan give the report on this incident.
Submitted on October 3, 1997