The grant is completed as of September 30, 1997. You did it. You set a standard for the nation and then you exceeded it! Way to go!!! You have all done an incredible job for this region. (Barb: And whew! Thanks!!! Cynthia says I get to live!)
Here are the final figures for the N2R portion of N2R-LLL as of September 30th:
Total committed in-kind $477,269.00
Budgeted in-kind $461,211.00
Total in-kind collected $632,856.00
In-kind in Excess of Project Total: $171,645.00

We are mailing out copies of the N2R Final Report to N2R participants in the next two weeks. If you don't receive your copy by the second week in January, please contact us. Please call or email your feedback on the report. ************************************************************************

www.n2r.net is in its final programming phase. It will be released publicly in early January. So far, it has received over 50,000 hits since its birth in February. We have had reports from the coaches that many people are using the web site to learn how to navigate the Internet. Others are using it for its 15-county search capability and for practice in filling out job resume forms. We want to make the site as user-friendly as possible so please feel free to visit it and give us your feedback. All of the N2R-LLL Partners are listed under 'Technology and Training' and under 'About N2R'. If we have not linked your organization to the right place or you want us to change the link, please let us know. *********************************************************************

N2R received a California Department of Transportation grant through San Diego State University Foundation, the International Center for Communications at San Diego State University and the World Institute for Smart Communities. The contract is for N2R to provide technical assistance throughout California to inspire other communities to develop a community network and public access sites, and foster regional collaboration and other aspects of Smart Communities. Check out http://www.smartcommunities.org to learn about the meaning of the growing movement of California Smart Communities. Information about N2R is located under the section, 'Case Studies.' *********************************************************************

We were recently invited by California Senator Polanco's Office to attend the 4th Annual Cities of the Future Conference in Los Angeles and to provide input in meetings he was holding throughout the state to determine the proper state role in promoting California Smart Communities. (Barb: After some arm-twisting, Cynthia agreed to let me include an excerpt from a letter that she wrote to her overseas family about the event..it gives the feelings better than the facts-and-nothing-but-the-facts. You deserve to share the excitement...) (Cynthia: It wasn't the arm-twisting that worked. I can handle that physical pain. It was the bribe of m & ms. ;-)) "The 4th Annual Cities of the Future Conference went very well! Senator Polanco's office is preparing for legislation to be adopted by this summer. Some funds will be used to create an information clearinghouse, and survey and coordinate state agencies and the bulk will be pushed to local levels to do what N2R has done. We were so honored to be asked to the meeting. But it didn't really dawn on us that they thought we were central until we were given a copy of a report from the World Institute for Smart Communities. It tells the Chief of the State Department of Transportation and the State Chief Information Officer to build off N2R and two other regional initiatives for the good of the state in a global economy. *Still*...we were not prepared for the degree of compliment in Senator Polanco's announcement the following day. On Friday, (December 12) we met Senator Polanco for the first time. His legislative aide introduced us to him and he was beaming. We knew he was going to announce his proposed legislation and mention N2R. But, oh my gosh, we were not prepared for what happened. Right there in the Los Angeles Biltmore, where most major California political announcements are made, Senator Polanco talked about how important the Smart Community effort is and how he is convening meetings throughout the state to get input as to the appropriate state role. Then he started talking about N2R... N2R was started by two women,...largest grant in the NTIA history in California...importance of the use of the infrastructure to address problems as varied as homelessness and welfare-to work transition....large regional collaboration...model for the rest of the state...he raised his hands in our direction, pointing us out to the rest of the conference attendees, started clapping and asked everyone in the room to clap. We are still in shock. We both feel like we've come to our professional completion. The rest can be deeper but never better. Not about the clapping part. That kind of stuff has never motivated us and actually embarrasses. But the knowledge of having made a difference. There will never be a better Christmas present. I remember knowing that we were having a peak but bitter-sweet experience in Washington at the Federal NTIA award announcement ceremony in 1995. We felt how rare the honor was to be given an opportunity to make a difference by that agency. But the award really was only a right for a position at the starting gate. It remained for us to prove that the Federal belief in us was warranted. Two years later, we are still a long way off from implementing the N2R vision in full but Senator Polanco's announcement means that we didn't waste the Federal funds because others in our state have learned from the N2R effort and now see a direction we must head..." ************************************************************************

(Background: On www.n2r.net, we have programmed access to 'N2R Regional Conferencing' as a privilege for those who join N2R at the Gold Sponsorship Level. We hope to be able to offer this idea after testing to other communities as a successful method for community networking sustainability.) This past week, we donated use of N2R Regional conferencing to Senator Polanco for a resource for his team of Smart California experts convening throughout the state. We demonstrated the tool to Senator Polancos's office and they were thrilled! To our knowledge this is the first time, state legislation is being developed *using* Internet conferencing. *And* the subject discussed via the tools of the Internet is how to promote use of such tools and technology (i.e. Smart California communities) throughout the state. Does it get any better??? If you know of any other state's experience in using Internet conferencing to develop legislation, please advise. If Senator Polanco is the first, we want to tell him so. Thank you N2R participants! You made the N2R dream of information infrastructure for regional benefit a reality. Your hard work and dedication paid off!!!

We received a 10 computer donation from MCI and all the networking equipment and expertise donated from Anixter. We are currently looking for a T1 line to be donated so that we can have a badly needed Internet lab here in the office. We have calls on a daily basis for training and are unable to get those interested individuals in quickly enough to train them. ************************************************************************

We greatly appreciate Bill Budge and CSUS for donating their newest 15 computer lab to us while we wait for ours to be finished. ************************************************************************

The next Basic Internet Class will be taught by Diana Hunt from the MacNexus User Group as soon as the N2R Lab is finished. Times to be announced shortly. If you are interested in helping or attending, please email or call the office ASAP so we can sign you up. We are always looking for certified coaches to be in-class rovers to share their experiences with the other prospective coaches. ***********************************************************************

N2R has just been notified that it is a Semi-Finalist in the *highly* competitive Global Information Infrastructure Award program, in two categories: Community and Public Access. CONGRATULATIONS to Board, Public Sites, Coaches, Trainers, Supporters and Web Site Development Team!!! Given the level of competition, you should consider that your participation in N2R and subsequent award of Semi-Finalist status is an honor and a prize for you!!! (FYI, so you understand the magnitude of your acheivement, I've included the entire listing of the Semi-Finalists below.) For example, our competition in the Community Category includes Apple Computer, Benton Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Habitat for Humanity, Action Without Borders, LIberty Net and Senior Net! Our competition in the Public Access Category includes the State of South Dakota, The national organization of which we are a member: Community Technology Centers, University of Massachusetts, and University of Oregon. We are *really* glad we didn't enter in the Government section..competition there includes the Air Force, NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Department of Energy. ;) Microsoft, SAIC, NBC, ABC are among the other entries. Well, all we can say once again, is ...CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU!!! Also, FYI, following the post from the GII website, I've also included our submission to the GII. CM and BE **********************************************************************

The following came through our favorite community networking listserv. We really like it and pass it along in warm, best wishes for you and your family in the coming New Year! (Interesting note. The email was sent by Valentine McKay-Riddell, Orenda Healing International. We believe Valerie was an N2R-LLL participant through the SEDD group and Nevada County Community Network.) .

end a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten
friend. Dismiss suspicion,
and replace it with trust....
Write a love letter. Share some
treasure. Give a soft answer. En-
courage youth. Manifest your loyalty in
word and deed. Keep a promise. Find the
time. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen.
Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand.
Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think
first of someone else. Appreciate. Be kind; be gentle
Laugh a little. Laugh a little more. Deserve confidence.
Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your
gratitude. Go to church. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart
of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Speak your love.
Speak it again.
Speak it yet
once again.