Three weeks. Seven IBMers. More than 60 formal interviews, and two dozen informal ones. Three notebooks filled with notes (and that’s just for me). All leading to our three categories of findings and our five final recommendations:
- Implement quick wins
- Develop a CitiStat model
- Adopt a Fresno branding campaign
- Drive adoption of broadband, focusing on digital literacy
- Nurture the Ag Tech sector
The press has been really positive so far, and the Mayor and her team are moving with impressive speed to implement actions and get things started. I think Fresno’s been ready to accelerate for a while, and I’m glad we got to be here to be a part of it.
Before we left, there was a special treat for Govind. All the time we’ve been riding our bikes he kept asking why we didn’t get motorcycles instead. Well, Carolyn’s husband Steve has a Harley, and after the public report at City Hall, he took Govind for a ride. Just look at that smile.
Some quick review and wrap up meetings, and then we headed out to Engelmann Cellars for our final team dinner – with a band. With the recommendations done and the report handed in, we got a chance to kick back and celebrate our time in Fresno.
But all things must end, and now it’s time for us to go back to our families and our jobs and our homes. We’ll miss each other – it’ll feel weird going to a restaurant without the Red Helmet Gang. We’ll miss Fresno, too, and all of the amazing people that we’ve come to know here. It’ll take some of us a couple of days to get home, others only a couple of hours, but it’s definitely the end of a chapter – although maybe just the beginning of the story.