| Eric Ogle
The Howard Baker Center for Public Policy
Eric Ogle is research associate for the University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, where he works in a university outreach capacity on a variety of topics. Projects typically range from broad-focused energy and environmental policy and socio-economic research, to locally-focused historic preservation and tourism development in the broader context of sustainable asset-based development. A lifelong fan of technology, Eric’s interests are most active where technology creates social and economic benefits at the community level, and many of the projects he has special interest in are those in which the application of technology improves the capacity of local organizations and the quality of life for rural residents.
Beginning in 2003, Eric began an effort to promote local businesses and attractions through Wi-Fi-enabled tourism networks placed in downtown areas. The latest outcome of those mobile tourism efforts resulted in an iPhone and iPad app that draws upon community-generated content presented in a historical tourism context. The Beck Tour app was launched in 2010 as a walking tour that guides users between sites of historical and cultural significance in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The mobile app is unique in that it was the first of its kind to use mobile broadband to feature locally-generated content to benefit economic and community development through increased tourism and public education.
Realizing that technology plays an important role in rural sustainability, Mr. Ogle is an advocate of advanced telecommunications for rural communities in Tennessee and around the nation. Since 2005, he has been a board member and officer of DiscoverET.org, formerly KORRnet – the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Regional Network, East Tennessee’s nonprofit community network. Eric has also been a member of the Rural Telecommunications Congress since 2003, and has served as RTC Treasurer since 2007.
Eric holds a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Tennessee.