Gregg Foster, Executive Director of Redwood Regional Economic Development Center has written a reprise of his article (this link will only work for 14 days, after which, the paper moves it to a fee based archive — a rant for another post) from last year on a technology wishlist that would help economic development in Humboldt County. While his article is consistently upbeat stating progress on every ‘wish’, it’s hard to imagine how difficult it might have been to strike this attitude. Not a single wish has been fulfilled. And while some things have moved ahead, it’s not clear that any of them will ever reach fruition. As a disclosue, I am directly involved with a few of these and I too, try to keep a positive approach. Without it, I would have given up long ago, because progress and change are so slow. And when we’re talking about change in technology, speed is everything.

I only hope Gregg’s optimism is rewarded as Humboldt County’s economic future hinges more and more on technological advances while advancement seems harder and harder to achieve.