The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:05 a.m. Mr. Barr distributed an agenda.
The minutes of the meetings of February 8, 1995 and February 16, 1995 were approved. The minutes of the meeting of February 22, 1995 were distributed by Mr. Stanger; approval was deferred until the next meeting.
Mr. Barr reported that he filed the 501(c)(3) update requested by the IRS. He said that the application to the Michigan Attorney General's office to license the HVCN to solicit charitable contributions was just about complete. Mr. Barr reported that Al Johnson, of Washtenaw County Information Services, would authorize the reinstatement of an HVCN voice mail box on the County's system. Mr. Barr said he met with Mary Udoji on Friday, February 24, 1995 and reviewed the HVCN mailing list. Ms. Udoji introduced Mr. Barr to Edna Laughry, a librarian working at the Washtenaw County Library who might be able to help establish business community contacts. Mr. Barr said he sent a response to the Morino Institute, which is compiling a directory of public access networks.
The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration is sponsoring a grant program (TIIAP--Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program) to promote the development and widespread availability of advanced telecommunications and information technologies to serve the public interest. A number of workshops have been scheduled at sites throughout the nation to assist TIIAP grant writers. No site is close to Washtenaw County. Mary Udoji called U.S. Representative Lynn Rivers to ask: 1) if she would write a letter of support for HVCN's TIIAP grant and, 2) if she could suggest to the Department of Commerce that the Detroit area would be a good site for a grant workshop, especially since Detroit was designated as a federal empowerment zone. A letter of intent to apply for a grant must be sent to the NTIA by March 23, 1995, and the application must be submitted by April 20, 1995. Ms. Head suggested that we gather letters of partnership from other organizations. Names suggested included Washtenaw County, the Learning Community Coalition, GREX, Arbornet and the Labor Council. It was agreed to ask Linda Vengroff to lead the grant preparation efforts. Ms. Head, Ms. Howard, Mr. Stanger, and Ms. Udoji volunteered to help. Mr. Ogden would also be asked to contribute to the development of the grant. A grant discussion meeting was scheduled for Friday, March 3, 1995 at 5:00 p.m. at the Washtenaw County Library. Mr. Stanger was asked to draft a notice of the meeting and to post it to the HVCN mailing list.
Ms. Howard reported that she talked to Steve Adams, organizer of the upcoming three days of Internet events at Borders Books (March 7,8,9, 1995), about the possibility of distributing HVCN flyers at Borders. Mr. Adams said we could distribute the flyers. Ms. Howard agreed to fax a copy of the HVCN membership brochure to Ms. Head, who agreed to have an associate work on producing the flyers for Borders.
Ms. Head said she would be able to attend the Ties that Bind conference in California. Mr. Barr thought that he might also be able to attend. It was agreed that Ms. Head and Mr. Barr would sign up for the conference to reserve places. If it turned out that they couldn't go, perhaps others could.
Ms. Udoji asked all Board members to become HVCN Charter Members and contribute at least $125.00 each.
The next meeting was scheduled for March 8, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 a.m.