My name is Kami Griffiths, and I am co-founder of Community Technology Network (CTN), which was described in an article dated Feb. 23 as a "Cali company" ("Is the City Dumping Longtime Tech Nonprofit Austin Free-Net for a Cali Company?
"). I am writing to correct an error because it's important for your readers to know that CTN is a nonprofit registered in Texas.
As Executive Director of CTN, I am a resident of the Austin area, and I employ two other full-time staff in the city. Although CTN also has a presence in California, it is an organization with a strategy to expand its programs nationally. I am a board member of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and have provided training for the nationwide Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), and with my national connections, I am committed to positioning Austin as a leader of innovative digital inclusion programming.
Therefore, when the City of Austin invited applications for its Community Technology Access Lab Management Services contract, CTN stepped up to offer a great model for providing services to adults and seniors, which has been its specialism for a decade. Bidding for contracts such as these is always a competitive process, as it should be. CTN welcomes the scrutiny of its application so that the taxpayer can be sure that the chosen contractor is providing the best service and value for the money.
We are already engaged in a range of projects in the city, and our next project will take place on March 2, when we will be giving 300 computers and 150 hotspots to families in Austin with no current internet access at home and providing digital literacy training. We are working in partnership with PCs for People, Mobile Beacon, El Buen Samaritano, Foundation Communities, HACA, and the Literacy Coalition. This event will come just a day after the City's decision about the contract referred to in your article. I look forward to restating our case on March 1 and explaining that we are in a unique position to offer the adults and seniors of Austin the digital literacy support that is currently missing from their communities. If the CTN bid is unsuccessful, CTN will continue to develop exciting new digital inclusion projects for the people of Austin because there is plenty of work still to be done and that is what CTN is here for.