The Howard Baker Center for Public Policy
Eric Ogle is research associate for the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, and has served in a community outreach and research capacity at the university since 2003. While he works on a variety of topics, he takes special interest in projects where the application of technology improves the capacity of local organizations and the quality of life for rural residents, and he often facilitates groups to find common benefit through technology applications. For example, a recent project has renewed the interest in a local museum through a digital humanities collaboration that has led to increased tourism in the community, and another is stimulating the market for renewable energy generation by improving local government and utility interaction with the public through smartphone applications.
Mr. Ogle is an advocate of advanced telecommunications and technology adoption for rural communities. Since 2005, Eric has been an officer of DiscoverET.org, East Tennessee’s nonprofit network, which works to insure every business and organization in East Tennessee is engaged in the digital economy. Eric has also been a member of the Rural Telecommunications Congress since 2003, which promotes progressive national broadband policies and highlights best practices by hosting an annual conference in a rural American community each fall, and has served as RTC Treasurer since 2007.
Eric holds a BS in Marketing, Logistics and Transportation, and a MS in Planning, each from the University of Tennessee.