Today was basically an introductory meeting. Wally Lee introduced the Mayor who said a few words about downtown's priority and IBM's focus on downtown. He then introduced Emily Santos of IBM who introduced the team. The IBM team consists of:
Bisi Adedokun - an enterprise architect, heavy tech-design/IT expertise
Carrie Bendzsa - from Ottowa, Canada - leads external communication & social media for IBM Canada
Betsy Greytok - legal counsel for IBM Systems & Technology Group
Yukari Kobayaskhi - director of strategy & market development - emphasis on marketing/sales strategy
Dr. Ofer Shir - research scientist from Haifa, Israel - heavy research & applied analytics on "Multi-critereon decision making"
Renee Findley (Mayor's Executive On-Loan for Public-Private Partnerships) wrapped up the formal presentation.
Members of the IBM Team gathered with participants/stakeholders in informal, introductory round table discussions. Individual interviews with participants/stakeholders will be occurring over the next week or so (mine is Friday afternoon).
The study area was described as the Northbank - from the Convention Center through the Stadium District. According to today's program everything from the Waterfront to homelessness, to transportation, to parks/open space, to entertainment, to jobs/business, etc. is on the table for study and discussion.
The program lasted perhaps 30-40 minutes - with the round table discussions following.
They will be working for 3-weeks --- and will be presenting a final report August 24th.