higher education and groups that affect economic development in general."

Cooper has been a key player in a Wi-Fi project called Digital El Paso, which started with a two-square-mile area that includes downtown El Paso and some low-income residential neighborhoods stretching to the Mexican border. The group meets monthly to exchange ideas and it has grown to include clinics, nonprofits, schools and businesses, Cooper said. The effort is also a digital inclusion project in which El Paso Community College is taking donated PCs and refurbishing them for low-income families.

Cooper also recently chaired a high-tech business expo organized by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "Rather than just vendors, we got a number of regional tech projects to showcase what they are doing," he said. "We tried to do more to promote El Paso and some of the smaller tech efforts you never get a chance to hear about."

Note: The full version of this article will appear in the February 2009 issue of Public CIO magazine

 

David Raths  |  contributing writer