When we announced 18 months ago that Google Fiber was coming to Provo, we only began to imagine the possibilities of living in a city where virtually every home, business, and school was connected to the Internet and where everyone had access to the highest broadband speeds in the nation. Many in Provo wondered what that high speed and universal access could mean for education, health care, families and business. Well, now that Google is moving forward and other Internet providers have increased speed and lowered prices, we are now underway with an effort to figure out how to use this great asset to its maximum advantage.
Provo Accelerated is a community-based visioning and planning effort to jump start our Vision 2030 efforts with technology. The steering committee has assembled five working groups which are meeting currently to articulate a vision and some key objectives in five areas: health care, education, the social sector and digital inclusion, families and community, and entrepreneurship. Each group has between five and fifteen members, along with a mentor from Google and a facilitator from Ascent Advisor in Provo, working on envisioning the near term future in their respective areas.
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Provo Accelerated will host a Community Forum to share the results of the work so far, to engage the broader community on these topics, and to solicit volunteers to work on achieving the objectives outlined. The forum will be at the Provo Recreation Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending the Community Forum, please RSVP here »
To learn more about the effort, visit the Provo Accelerated blog at www.provoaccelerated.com or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ProvoAccelerated. They have also created an online forum where residents can weigh in on the concepts being advanced and share their vision for Provo as it relates to our strategic technology advantages.
So join in, get involved and help make Provo an even better community, given our amazing access to the Internet and all that means for our city.