2017 Broadband Communities Summit

Economic Development Program
Broadband Communities Summit
Dallas, Texas — May 1-4, 2017

Monday, May 1

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop
Key Legal Issues for Broadband Projects Focusing on Economic Development
Legal and regulatory issues can profoundly affect broadband initiatives, and in some cases can threaten the economic development objectives of such projects. In this workshop, drawing on their experience with dozens of broadband projects of all kinds, Sean Stokes and Casey Lide of the Baller Stokes & Lide will share their insights on how community leaders can navigate the key legal issues as productively, painlessly, and inexpensively as possible, while maximizing opportunities to turn a community network into an economic development engine.

Sean Stokes
and Casey Lide – Baller Stokes & Lide, PC



Tuesday, May 2

8:00 am -9:00 am
General Session
Game Changers: What to Expect and How to Prepare for Living and Working in the Time of Rapid Change
Future of work expert Garry Bolles kicks off the Summit speaking on new strategies to help communities and the individuals who live, work, and learn in them adapt and thrive in a world of constant change. He'll be joined by leaders in the MDU, Economic Development, and Rural Broadband fields to add their perspectives.

Sponsored by SMB Dynamics

Gary Bolles
– Co-founder, eParachute; Partner, Charrette LLC
Hilda Legg – Vice Chairman, Broadband Communities
Jim Baller – President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
Bryan Rader – President, Access Media 3

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track Session 1
Blue Ribbon Panel
We now have a new administration, a new congress, and a new FCC.  They are all focusing on new investment strategies, accelerating high-capacity wireless deployment, and addressing the digital divide.  What does all this mean for local communities?  Can public-private partnerships provide fertile common ground?

Lev Gonick
– CEO, OneCommunity

Chris Mitchell – Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self Reliance
Hilda Legg – Vice Chairman, Broadband Communities
Will Rinehart – Director of Technology and Innovation Policy, American Action Forum

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm
Track Session 2
Broadband and Economic Development: What the Numbers Tell Us
This popular session returns with new numbers that demonstrate broadband's ability to drive and support economic development.  This panel discusses how broadband is driving business success, increasing home prices, and generating economic growth in communities.  We will also hear about some of the new research taking place in this field.

Ashley Stelfox
– Associate, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Michael Curri
– Founder and President, Strategic Networks Group Inc.
Michael Render – President, RVA Market Research
Bento Lobo – First Tennessee Bank Distinguished Professor of Finance, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga



Wednesday, May 3

9:00 am – 9:50 am
Track Session 3
Working with Economic Development Professionals
There was a time when economic development and broadband professionals did not understand each other and sometimes even worked at cross-purposes.  Now, the two professions are increasingly working in harmony.  This session will examine the strengths of each and provide numerous examples of what's working well.  In particular, this session will emphasize the tools that economic development professionals can bring to broadband projects.

John Honker
– President, Magellan Advisors

Jordana Barton
– Senior Advisor in Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Aaron Deacon – Managing Director, KC Digital Drive
Bing Edwards – Partner, E+Law

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Track Session 4
How Adaptive Communities Are Creating Future Work: Effective Strategies and Case Histories
As technology infuses an increasing amount of human activity, the very definition of work is changing. What are the New Rules of Work? Are we really becoming a Gig Economy? How do the New Rules affect local communities? What are some of the proven approaches that can help communities to become continually adaptive and to continue to provide access to work opportunities for their members?

Gary Bolles
– Partner, Charrette LLC

Kristin Sharp
– Executive Director, SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Economic Development
Fiber-Based Incubators and Tech Hives
For most communities that develop or partner for high-speed broadband network, economic development and job creation is the primary motivation.  Some particularly innovative communities are taking the next step and developing incubators that cultivate and support new businesses.  These communities are leveraging their connectivity to attract new entrepreneurs and high-tech companies into their community.  Our panelists each have experience working with fiber-based incubators and will talk about some of the positive outcomes and lessons learned.  

Gene Crick – Rural Telecommunications Congress

Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD
Dennis Donohue – Lead, Center for Innovation & Technology, Western Growers; Former Mayor, Salinas, CA
Gabriel Garcia – Director & Senior Counsel, CPS Energy
Matt Schmit – Consultant & Director, Regional Competitiveness Institute, University of Minnesota; Former State Senator, District 21, Minnesota


4:00 pm -5:00 pm
Track Session 5
New Developments in Public-Private Partnerships
For many communities, public-private partnerships may be the best, and possibly the only, strategy for obtaining an advanced broadband network.  The best P3s may be able to overcome political, financial, and other barriers.  Each of our panelists has been intimately involved in some of the leading broadband P3s.  They will discuss various P3 models and some of the features communities should look for in their potential business partners. 

Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD

Mark Lemon – Chair, Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships Group, Polsinelli
Monica Webb – Government Relations, Ting Internet
Brad Moline – President, ALLO-Nelnet
John Burchett – Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, Google



Thursday, May 4

10:10 am -11:00 am
Economic Development
Federal Funding
The federal government annually spend tens of billions of dollars on E-Rate, Connect America Fund, Rural Health Care, Farm Bill Broadband Loans, Community Connect Grants, and many others programs that support broadband deployment, adoption, and use.  Under the new Administration, some of these programs will change, perhaps significantly.  Washington is now abuzz with discussion about new Infrastructure development programs and priorities.  Our expert panelists will discuss the current state of each of these programs and how they are likely to change.   We will also have an interactive discussion about the possibility of a major, national infrastructure bill and the bipartisan support to include broadband in any such bill. 

Jane Smith Patterson
– Partner, Broadband Catalysts

Doug Jarrett – Partner, Keller and Heckman
Julie Veach – Partner, Harris, Wittshire & Grannis

11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Track Session 6
Case Histories of Creative Projects That Foster Economic Development
We all instinctively believe that high-capacity broadband networks drive economic development and create new work opportunities, but does real-world experience support this belief?  In this session, our accomplished speakers, who are participating in creative new projects, will share their experiences in the field and what they learned from them.

Kyle Hollifield
– Senior VP, Magellan Advisors

Mitsuko R. Herrera
– Cable Communications Administrator, Montgomery County Office of Cable and Communication Services
Bruce Patterson – Technology Director, City of Ammon, Idaho
Stacy Cantrell – Vice President, Engineering, Huntsville Utilities
Frank Smith – President & CEO; Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority






























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