In 2012, Digital Arizona Council (DAC) consisting of stake holders interested in broadband came together and after several meeting drafted digitalImproving Arizona’s digital capacity is critical to the future well-being of Arizonans.
This is the first ever Arizona citizens’ report on digital capacity. Five citizen task groups drafted initial recommendations that were further developed by the Strategic Planning Task Group. Chair of this task group was Michele Norin, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Arizona. Ms. Norin was the winner of the CIO of the Year Award in 2011, given by the Arizona Technology Council.
The Strategic Planning Task Group reported out a draft to the Digital Arizona Council (DAC). The Counsel was chaired by Aaron Sandeen, State CIO and Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) Deputy Director. Twenty Arizona citizens from diverse backgrounds served on the DAC, ultimately amended and voted to approve this report.
The Digital Arizona Council members recommend that this strategic plan be a living document. As such, it should be reviewed, changed and used over time.
Providing staff support for this effort is the ADOA’s Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET) office, under the direction of State CIO Aaron Sandeen.
Daily coordination was provided by ASET’s Director of Digital Planning Michael Golden, industry technologist and thought leader in the area of advanced connectivity architecture; Galen Updike, former Arizona State Representative, who serves as Arizona’s Broadband Development Manager, with Jeffrey Crane, serving as Project Manager.