Is Spokane a “High Tech Hot Spot”?

Back in the crazy days of the dot com era, the Spokane area promoted itself as a “going to be” high tech hot spot for future growth. And it was, briefly. High technology, software, electronics and electronics manufacturing were to be the centerpiece of Spokane’s future economy. (By about 2005, this phase had passed and high tech largely vanished from local planning documents.)

But some of the promotion was “over the top” including the claim prominently displayed on several local web sites that “Spokane is a high tech hotspot” – Network World, referring to an alleged statement from Network World Magazine.

The claim is in the center of the Terabyte Triangle promotional web page:

In actual fact, Network World said that Spokane is NOT a high tech hot spot.

Network World magazine is available in the Google online library, and on August 3, 1998, Network World Magazine had an article titled “Outdoor Paradise” – with the subheading tag line “The golf is great and there are lakes aplenty. It’s Spokane – not yet a high tech hot spot but warming up“.

Graphic image of the Network World statement:

The claim is false. We have no idea where the claim originated, but it was subsequently copied by others and lives on today on the web.

This error seemed to have been admitted in 2009 when locals held a rally to persuade Google to set up a high speed test network in Spokane (Google chose not to) in hopes that it would establish Spokane as a high tech hot spot …

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