In 2003, we developed an interactive map showing businesses, transit, and bike information for our neighborhood, under contract with the Seattle Department of Transportation. This was before services like Google Maps made such things easy; we had to create our own design and navigation. And while we had access to the city's GIS data, bike rack locations had to be added manually, since no one had ever mapped them before.
Sharing our knowledge and skills has always been central to our mission. From 2002-2005, Charlie helped the next generation of professionals by serving on the advisory committee for the web development program at South Seattle Community College.
In 2002, CHCS became the second ISP in the Puget Sound region to implement the spam- and virus-blocking service Postini, which was later bought by Google and became the basis for its filtering systems.
In 2001, we produced a major revision to the website for the East King County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Unfortunately, it is no longer available, but it was a complex site that included a directory that could be updated by the organization's members, a web coupon system, and many other advanced features. CHCS received an award for our work on this site in 2002.
In 2000, CHCS began offering secure e-commerce services. Today, we offer several different options for our customers who wish to sell products and services online.
In the fall of 2000, Darren Coen and Martin Potter joined CHCS, thus forming the staff that we still have today.
We found Darren when he stopped by the local internet cafe, and showed the proprietor some of his website designs. Charlie met with Darren, was impressed, and offered him a job.
We were introduced to Martin by a couple of our interns who lived near him in Gig Harbor. Martin became our programmer, and the developer of many custom sites, as well as our content management system.
CHCS is very lucky to have had the same core staff for ten years now. Thanks to Darren and Martin for making it possible for us to keep up with technical advances.
In 1999, CHCS developed a website for Town Hall Seattle. With many updates, the site is still operational today, and incorporates content management, social media links, and an external calendar service. We helped produce the web component of the recent campaign that led to Town Hall's receipt of a grant from Partners in Preservation. Congratulations to Town Hall Seattle!
In November 1999, we were in the middle of the demonstrations surrounding the WTO meeting in Seattle. CHCS wanted to give our neighbors a way to post their experiences and comments. Since this was in the days before blogs, Facebook and Twitter, we decided to create a website bulletin board. The website was very popular, and was even covered by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
While the community site we created is no longer available, CHCS was pleased to be able to help out in a crisis, and we still provide support to neighborhood groups today.
In 1999 and 2000, CHCS developed more sites for businesses and nonprofit organizations, including several for UW projects. To keep up with the work, we recruited several interns (most of whom ended up on the payroll) including Ajit Jagdale, Britta Swansen, Jesse Bufkin, Jaime Austen, Sonia Telesco, Christophe Bisciglia, Bill Sehmel, Bill Spence, and Erik Svee. Thanks to all of them for bringing technical, design, and programming skills that helped move the company to the next level.
In 1998, CHCS began supporting Java Trading Company, which is still a CHCS client, and is now known as Distant Lands Coffee. We have developed several websites for their brands, in conjunction with their in-house designers.