2018 Broadband Communities Summit

Economic Development Track

Tuesday May 01

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kick Off the Economic Development Program with Our Blue Ribbon Panel
Expect a fast and furious discussion from our well-informed and very opinionated group of broadband champions.

Lev Gonick
– CIO, Arizona State University
Christopher Mitchell – Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D. – Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation Brookings Institution
Hilda Legg – State Director of Kentucky, USDA

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm

Minnesota Busts the ‘Broadband Is Too Expensive’ Myth
The myth that broadband in rural areas is too expensive has been debunked in five communities in Minnesota and tracked in the report “Understanding the Community Impact of Investment in Rural Broadband,” commissioned by the Blandin Foundation. The report compares local public funding and return on investment in each community by looking at data and trends and interviewing local residents. Hear more about the study’s conclusions and the lessons learned from rural communities that are thriving by putting better broadband at the heart of their economic development strategies.

Bernadine Joselyn
– Director, Public Policy & Engagement Program, Blandin Foundation
Ann Treacy - Member of the Broadband Team, Blandin Foundation


Wednesday May 02

8:00 am – 8:50 am

Future of Work: Policies that Work
As the world of work rapidly changes, local and state policy-makers are intent on ensuring that workers and organizations can have a thriving work economy. But beyond policy that favors broadband deployment, what kinds of laws and regulations can encourage healthy work ecosystems? Hear answers learned from work with government decision makers from around the country by a convener of “TechTables.”

Gary Bolles
– Co-Founder, eParachute; Partner, Charette LLC

9:00 am – 9:50 am

Future of Work Continued: How to Use Your Network to Become a Hub for Remote Work
Hubs are a winner for workers who want to stay in place to maintain a high quality of life in less expensive areas – and for employers, who can get access to those skilled workers. Come hear how communities use their broadband networks to become platforms for work performed for employers in other locations.

Gary Bolles
– Co-Founder, eParachute; Partner, Charette LLC

Patrick McKenna
– Partner, High Ridge Venture Partners

10:00 am – 10:50 am

New Developments in Partnerships
When it comes to deploying broadband, not all partnerships are public-private ones any longer. Let’s all get together to learn about the latest trends in joining forces.

Joanne Hovis
– President, CTC Technology & Energy

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Creating a Tech Ecosystem
It’s not just the economic development that broadband deployment brings. There’s also the human side of the effort, and this panel explores it: supporting start-ups, a tech workforce, investors, incubators, accelerators and youth/adult tech programs. We will explore how these drivers influence local economies, government innovation, digital divide, telemedicine, IoT and community wellbeing.

Jory Wolf
– Vice President of Digital Innovation, Magellan Advisors

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Key Legal Issues Affecting Broadband/Economic Development Projects
From coping with state barriers to entry to acquiring timely pole attachments to complying with regulatory requirements to qualifying for E-Rate subsidies, critical legal issues affect every broadband/economic project. How a community addresses them can have a huge impact on the success of its project. In this session, our legal experts review and update the latest legal developments that are likely to arise in your project.

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


Thursday May 03

8:00 am – 9:00 am

A New Model for Economic Development
The old models of economic development - building industrial parks or pursuing a large employer - are no longer working for most communities. This session offers new strategies that recognize the realities of the new economy – and that includes making fiber an important component. You’ll hear real-life examples of communities that are leveraging fiber in new ways.

Doug Dawson
– President, CCG Consulting

Shawn Irvine
– Economic Development Director, Independence, OR
Will Aycock – General Manager, Greenlight Community Broadband, Wilson, NC

9:10 am – 10:00 am

ABC’s of Funding
Joint Session with the Rural Broadband Development Track

USF, RUS, CAF, FCC, E-Rate – It’s an alphabet soup of sources when you’re looking for funding for your broadband network. And that’s not even counting the municipal finance sector. Join this show me the money discussion: where to find it, how to access it, what sources are best for you, presented jointly by the Rural Broadband and Economic Development Tracks.

Tim Herwig
– District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

9:10 am – 10:00 am

Next Century Special Session
Panelists will share the struggles and successes of bringing 5G infrastructure to their communities. The perspective of both municipalities and vendors will be shared. Additionally, permitting, ordinances, and vendor agreement best practices will be discussed.

Debra Socia
– Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Mitsuko Herrera
– Cable Communications Administrator, Montgomery County, Maryland
Rebecca Hunter– External Affairs, Corporate Development & Strategy, Crown Castle

10:10 am – 11:00 am

Serving Our Most Vulnerable Populations
Joint Track with the Rural Broadband Track
Good broadband has increasingly become a necessity of modern life, but America has yet to meet the challenge of serving our most vulnerable populations well. How and where are we falling short? What more needs to be done? This session explores these questions, focusing on the needs of older adults, Native Americans, Americans with disabilities and lower-income individuals and families.

Tim Will
– Principal, Catalpa

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Power Play: Co-ops Step Up
Joint Track with the Rural Broadband Track
There’s a surge in co-ops stepping up to the plate in areas where the usual Wall Street-driven business case for broadband deployment is less than optimal. It’s both an economic and rural issue, and our Rural Broadband and Economic Development tracks have joined forces to highlight co-ops that have used broadband deployments to serve their communities.

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Get Smarter about Smart Cities
Next Century Cities Special Program
Learn how municipalities have turned themselves into Smart Cities. Panelists on this Next Century Cities session will discuss everything from the necessary prerequisites for adopting smart cities applications to their thinking about the future of Smart Cities.

Ken Lucas
– Councilmember, Centennial Colorado
Bob Bennett – Chief Innovation Officer, Kansas City Missouri

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm

Future of Work: Becoming a Maker City
The Maker Model has proven to be a successful catalyst for municipalities that are building entrepreneurial ecosystems. Come hear case studies of successful Maker-driven initiatives that have benefited from connectivity and community engagement.

Gary Bolles
– Co-Founder, eParachute; Partner, Charette LLC






















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