Saturday, August 4, 2007

Look Out Below

There are a few pictures below this post from the roof of Hedley Park Place on Thursday afternoon. It was a scorcher to say the least.

As I've mentioned, the purpose of the press conference was to announce the expansion of wireless Internet access throughout a significant portion of the downtown. The thinking went that the better the visual, the better the coverage we would have from the media. And I have to thank all of the local TV stations and newspapers, who turned out in force on a rather busy news day to help spread the great news.

And boy were they hot...

The purpose of the carpets was so that we would not poke holes in the rubber roof on top of Park Place. Let me tell you, standing up there on a day when the temperatures soared into the 90's, it didn't matter what kind of shoes you were wearing, your feet were feeling it.

There are many people to thank for making this a reality. Perhaps most importantly are Brian Epstein from WiFiFee and Dan Yamin from Cornerstone. When we first approached these companies about bringing wireless access to Troy, they did not blink. They jumped right in, and through a great collaborative effort, we are the first community in the area to establish such a large wireless mesh network. The importance of that cannot be looked past. With all of the new technology jobs that will be moving into this area, the people seeking these jobs are going to be moving into urban settings, and the more amenities we can offer, the better off we will be.

Secondly, I want to thank some of the private business owners that allowed this equipment to be placed on the roofs of their buildings, including Kevin Bette from First Columbia, who also was the gracious host of our press conference. Kevin intends to bring major redevelopment to Troy, and he fully understands that Thursday's announcement will strengthen that effort. Below is a picture of myself, Brian and Kevin following the unveiling of the mesh network.

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend! Two great concerts to check out if you are seeking entertainment. Vehicle plays tonight at Powers Park at 6 p.m., and the Collar City Live concerts continue to tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Riverfront Park with the Lustre Kings!