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2017 ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Atlanta, GA
November 7-9, 2017

Special Programs
Keynotes/General Session Program
Track 1: Economic Development
Track 2: Economic Development
Track 3: Editor’s Choice
Exhibit Hours
Registration Hours
   
Monday, November 6
8:00 am – 5:00 pm CERTIFICATION Day One:
(Shannon II – Atrium Level)

Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP)
Hosted by The Light Brigade (additional fee required)

Tuesday, November 7
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Concourse Foyer)
8:00 am – 5:00 pm CERTIFICATION Day Two:
(Shannon II – Atrium Level)

Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP)
Hosted by The Light Brigade (additional fee required)

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move In
(Concourse Pre-Function East)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Workshop #1
(Concourse Ballroom A)
Hands-On Financial Modeling For Community Networks
Latest Economic Initiatives For Network Builders
You may think fiber is a luxury your community or local carrier can’t afford. But FTTH has become surprisingly affordable. Before you hire a consultant, do the basic calculations. This hands-on workshop tells you how. Our free, robust, easily modified models guide you. This workshop provides a general overview of all three investor models and two monthly cash flow models, with special emphasis on using the investor models to calculate costs and revenues for communities with multiple business cases over their service areas. All participants receive free copies of the easy-to-customize models, calculation details, manuals, and use cases, all on a convenient, free thumb drive.

Presenter:
Steve Ross
- Corporate Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop #2
(Concourse Ballroom A)
Planning Smart For Smart Cities
Scenario mapping, augmented reality, mobile apps, social media, wiki maps, interactive web-based tools. Join the co-chair of the American Planning Association (APA) Smart Cities and Sustainability Task Force to learn the latest and most effective ways to make your community smarter now – and in the years to come. You’ll learn about:
  • Award winning Smart City applications developed by and for city planners
  • A “playbook” to plan for the impact of self-driving cars/autonomous vehicles
  • Integrating Smart City principles into your community’s comprehensive plans
  • Promoting Smart City readiness through investment in broadband infrastructure
  • Opportunities for research on the implications of Smart City technologies

Plus, an interactive component means participants can learn from each other.

Presenter:
Kathleen McMahon
- Founder, Applied Communications

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Workshop #3
(Concourse Ballroom A)
Greenlighting Projects: How to Find Funding & Generate Political Will
In the emerging global digital economy, communities across the nation are realizing that high speed broadband is critical to remaining competitive. But modernizing a community’s digital infrastructure “takes a village” – the community and its major stakeholders – because with their support, a project is more apt to be greenlighted. The problem is, communities often don’t know where or how to begin. Nor do they understand the importance of political will and funding mechanisms. In this interactive session, the nation’s leading specialists in broadband PR and marketing, fiber demand aggregation, and broadband economic feasibility will share their best advice about generating demand and political will—and finding funding sources that may be hiding in plain sight!

Learn New Models:

  • Community Engagement
  • Demand Aggregation
  • Economic Feasibility

Presenters:
Michael Curri
- Founder and President, Strategic Networks Group, Inc.
Isak Finér - Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems
Bob Knight - EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Harrison Edwards, Inc.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free Workshops
CLIC Special Program
(Concourse Ballroom B)
An Action Plan for Local Internet Choice in 2017 and Beyond

Click here to see the entire program

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception - Exhibit Area
(Concourse Pre-Function East)
Wednesday, November 8
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open 
(Concourse Foyer)
8:00 am – 8:45 am Continental Breakfast and Program
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
8:50 am – 9:50 am Conference Welcome and Keynote Address
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
The Georgia Story
10:00 am – 10:50 am General Session
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
Broadband Champions Speak Out
Expect a lively discussion from this diverse blue-ribbon panel of longtime broadband advocates. It’s a diverse group of doers as well as thinkers and opinion leaders who will offer their views on the key overarching issues affecting broadband, economic development and the future of work – and set the stage for the rest of the conference.

Leader:
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee
- Fellow – Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution

Presenters:
Christopher Mitchell - Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Hilda Legg - Vice Chairman, Broadband Communities
Will Rhinehart - Director of Technology and Innovative Policy, American Action Forum

10:50 am – 11:15 am Networking Break
(Concourse Pre-Function East)
  Economic Development
Track 1

(Concourse Ballroom A)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Concourse Ballroom B)
Editor's Choice
Track 3

(Da Vinci Room)
11:15 am – 12:05 pm Living the Gigabit Life: Welcome to the World of Technically Advanced Communities
Work, live, thrive. Developers of residential and mixed commercial/residential communities are using advanced communications capabilities to bring their residents all the advantages of living in a futureproof fiberhood. Our experts share how they’re doing it and will suggest ways local leaders can work with them to accelerate economic development.

Leader:
Jeff Reiman
- Principal, The Broadband Group

Presenters:
Darryl Howard - Founder, Space Logix
Max Kipfer
- Executive Vice President, Regional Manager, Hotwire Communications
Michael Voll – CEO, Frog Broadband

How Fiber Broadband Drives Education, Skill and Workforce Requirements… And How It Helps Meet Those Needs

Automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, globalization – traditional jobs are under siege. And much of the thought behind learning how to learn these new jobs is taking place outside traditional, institutional education. This session examines how broadband-enabled development tools are impacting both the requirements and practice of education. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of broadband leaders engaging educators in the discussion.

Leader:
Greg Laudeman
- Senior Consultant, Magellan Advisors

State Legislative Efforts to Solve Rural Broadband Issues
Elected officials, professional association leaders and broadband advocates tell how they’ve worked to remove impediments in state laws and regulations that hinder the deployment of high speed broadband to the hardest-to-serve areas of their state. What goals were set for the improved infrastructure? What are the lessons learned? What led to success – or failure?

Leader:
Hilda Legg
- Vice Chairman, Broadband Communities

Presenters:
Sen. Steve Gooch
– State of Georgia
Mike Knotts – Vice President of Government Affairs, Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association
Steve Vail – Board Director, NineStar Connect

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
  Economic Development
Track 1

(Concourse Ballroom A)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Concourse Ballroom B)
Editor's Choice
Track 3

(Da Vinci Room)
1:40 pm – 2:30 pm All Pros, No Cons: Learn Best Techniques for Broadband and Economic Development Professionals Working Together
Learn what’s working – and what isn’t – as broadband experts and economic development professionals have learned to work together.

Leader:
Doug Dawson
- President, CCG Consulting

Presenters:
Aaron Deacon - Managing Director, KC Digital Drive
Christa Wagner-Vinson - Principal, Wagner Vinson Consulting



Fiber vs. 5G vs. TV White Spaces: What’s the Real Answer for Rural Areas?
Hear our experts separate fact from fiction – and discuss what options can really work to close the bandwidth gap between rural and more populous communities.

Leader:
Paul Belk
- President and CEO, NGN

Presenters:
Kevin Morgan
– Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield
Larry Thompson – Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Point Solutions
William Butte – CEO, Wildfire 5G, Inc.


Electric Cooperatives: Broadband Leads the Way to Economic Development
Electric Cooperatives have long been leaders in helping their communities develop better economic conditions and opportunities for growth. Our panel features co-ops that have recognized the need for high speed broadband to create that economic growth for their membership.

Leader:
Erik Brinke
- Director of Administrative Services & External Relations – Blue Ridge Mountain EMC

Presenters:
R. Wayne Livingston – President/CEO, Diverse Power Incorporated
Steve Vail – Board Director, NineStar Connect

2:40 pm – 3:30 pm Numbers, Statistics, Research: Summing Up the Latest Figures on Broadband and Economic Development
Business success, rising home prices, economic growth… Get the latest fact-based information on broadband’s ability to drive and support economic development from this panel of research experts. And find out about new research taking place now.

Leader:
Ashley Stelfox
- Associate, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Presenters:
Michael Render - President and Leading FTTH Researcher, RVA LLC
Michael Curri - Founder and President, Strategic Networks Group, Inc.
Bento Lobo - First Tennessee Bank Distinguished Professor of Finance, The University of Tennesse at Chattanooga

You've Got It, Now Sell It: Marketing Your Broadband Community

Leader:
Michael Foor
- Vice President, Market and Member Services, NGN

Presenter:
Kyle Hollifield - Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Magellan Advisors
Brittany Smith - Marketing Director, Unified Communications Center Supervisor, Greenlight Community Broadband, City of Wilson
Frank Smith - President and CEO, Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority

Partners on the Road to Rural Broadband…Continued
Broadband Communities again highlights exciting new partnership arrangements that are bringing true broadband to hard-to-save areas. Listen to these partners and learn about their successes and their tough challenges. Also, find a brand new way to search for the partner that best matches your community's needs.

Leader:
Jasper Schneider
– Vice President, NISC

Panelists:
Kevin Larson – CEO/General Manager, Consolidated Telephone Co. (CTC)
Jeremy Nelms, P.E. – General Manager, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC)

3:30 pm – 3:50 pm Networking Break 
(Concourse Pre-Function East)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm General Session
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
Adaptive Communities: Effective Strategies and Case Histories for Creating Future Work
The rapid pace of change challenges communities to develop adaptive strategies to ensure their economies can thrive. Hear from innovators around the country who will talk about effective programs to help catalyze work opportunities.

Leader:
Gary Bolles
- Partner, Charrette LLC; Co-Founder, eParachute; Director, Future of Work Program, Singularity University

Presenters:
Peter Hirshberg - Co-author, Maker Cities
Matt Dunne – Founder and Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation
Joan Lynch – Chief Content & Programming Officer, WorkingNation

5:10 pm – 6:00 pm MDUs and Fiber
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
The best broadband – all fiber – is what's needed to create the necessary links to essential services, education, jobs, health, government and satisfy MDU residents’ need to be part of the local and global economy. What are the obstacles to more fiber deployment within MDUs? What are some of the solutions? This panel will explore the needs and wants of MDU dwellers and the practices designed to encourage all-fiber deployment to the dwelling.

Hosted by
Fiber Broadband Association

Leader:
Heather Burnett Gold – President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Presenter:
Ben Moncrief
– Vice President, Government Relations, C Spire
Tom LeBlanc– Director of Market Development, CommScope

Key Legal Issues Affecting Broadband and Economic Development
(Concourse Ballroom B)

Authority issues, pole attachments, regulatory requirements, funding, partnership considerations…. Our deeply experienced experts guide you through the core legal concepts that can help make – or break – your project.

Presenters:
Sean Stokes
- Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
Casey Lide - Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Digital Equity: Interventions that Work
(Concourse Ballroom A)

City leaders and national experts will discuss digital equity plans that focus on connecting the final 20% of underserved or unserved Americans. Panelists will share community-wide plans as well as local and national projects that have successfully intervened to impact the number of unconnected residents in the communities they serve.

Hosted by
Next Century Cities

Presenters:
Marilyn Morton
- City Councilor, Independence, OR
Don M. Patten - General Manager, MINET
Grace Simrall - Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology, Louisville Metro Government, Louisville, KY

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cocktail Reception
(Concourse Pre-Function East)

Co-Sponsored by Magellan Advisors, NiSC, and Vantage Point

Thursday, November 9
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
(Concourse Foyer)
7:30 am – 9:00 am  Continental Breakfast
(Concourse Pre-Function East)
8:00 am – 8:50 am Roundtable Breakfast Discussion
(Concourse Ballroom A)
The Aspirational Community: A Look at Research into Broadband Investment
Key insights and lessons learned from an in-depth study on how communities across the United States are addressing gaps, barriers and opportunities for broadband. Topics include network drivers and planning, network financing and network use and value. Lead researchers will present key findings, followed by a discussion with the study’s underwriters and a Q&A.

Leader:
Michael Curri
- Founder and President, Strategic Networks Group, Inc.

Presenters:
Doug Adams - Vice President, Communications, SNG
Lori Sherwood - Director of Broadband Development, Vantage Point Solutions
TBA - Corning
TBA - Power and Tel
TBA - Fujitsu

9:00 am – 10:00 am General Session
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
The Digital Work Economy and You
Automation and globalization are dramatically changing our economic landscape. Come hear from Gary A. Bolles, Singularity University’s Chair for the Future of Work, about strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to successfully navigate the transition to a digital work economy.

Presenter:
Gary Bolles
- Partner, Charrette LLC; Co-Founder, eParachute; Director, Future of Work Program, Singularity University

10:10 am – 11:10 am  General Session
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
Smart Cities: Savvy Solutions for Today … and Tomorrow

Leader:
Joanne Hovis
- President, CTC Technology & Energy

  Economic Development
Track 1

(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Concourse Ballroom B)
Editor's Choice
Track 3

(Concourse Ballroom A)
11:20 am – 12:10 pm Broadband Policy on the Federal Front
From the Federal Communications Commission, under Chairman Ajit Pai, moving aggressively to remove or change policies and orders to Congress and the President’s infrastructure investment plans, hear our Washington experts take stock of the most important recent developments affecting broadband.

Leader:
Jim Baller - President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Presenters:
Keith Adams - Interim Director, USDA
John Windhausen - Executive Director, Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalitions
Steve Traylor – Executive Director, NATOA

Bandwidth-Rich Applications for the Future
Come see – and hear about – the latest on next-generation applications from US Ignite, especially apps that will pack an economic development punch.

Presenter:
Nishal Mohan, Ph.D - National Community Leader, US Ignite

Small Cells/Successful City-Vendor Partnerships

What are small cells? Why are they important to municipalities and their leaders? How can local officials partner with vendors to help speed deployment, yet preserve the aesthetics and safety of the community? National experts, city officials, and vendors who have engaged in successful partnerships will share best practices.

Hosted by
Next Century Cities

Leader:
Deb Socia
- Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Presenters:
Gary Resnick
- Mayor, Wilton Manors, FL
Rebecca Hunter - Government Relations Manager, Crown Castle
David P. Young - Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager, City of Lincoln

12:20 pm – 1:20 pm
Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)

Do Not Pass Go: The Battle For Broadband
Do not Pass Go (23 min) is a short documentary that focuses on a rural community in North Carolina that faces the potential shutdown of their new gigabit broadband network. What ensues is a riveting investigation into how this town managed to get fiber, why it might be taken away, and what to expect for the future of municipal broadband in America. Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback (Terms and Conditions May Apply, 2013).

Film by:
Cullen Hoback
- Investigative Filmmaker

Presenters:
Catharine Rice
- Project Director, CLIC; Consultant, Broadband–Matters
Suzanne Coker-Craig - Town Council Commissioner, City of Pinetops, NC; Owner, CuriosiTees of Pinetops, LLC

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm Broadband Public-Private Partnerships: Parsing the Possibilities
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are frequently the best, or even only, viable option for a community seeking advanced communications capabilities. But they can take many forms – each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Our experts will focus on the leading models in the Southeast and elsewhere.

Presenters:
Stacy Cantrell
- Vice President, Engineering, Huntsville Utilities
Monica Webb - Government Relations, Ting Internet/Tucows

Lessons From the Best: Successful Projects #1
The Southeast has many successful community broadband and public-private partnership projects. Leaders share their first-hand experiences and the key lessons they’ve learned.

Presenters:
Don Atkinson - Chief Executive Officer, South Georgia Governmental Services Authority
Will Aycock - General Manager, Greenlight Community Broadband, City of Wilson
Jody Wigington, P.E - General Manager, CEO Morristown Utility Systems, Morristown, TN
Gary Fuller - Mayor, City of Opelika, Alabama

1:30 pm – 3:20 pm
How Cool to Be Connected
Learn about Smart Growth America’s Cool and Connected Program and how it’s guided the revitalization and economic development of rural American towns and communities through broadband planning. Come prepared to interact with leaders of this successful program, including questions about entering a competitive grant process as well as working in a citizen-directed community program.

Leader of Multi-Panel Session:
Jane Smith Patterson – Partner, Broadband Catalysts

Part 1: Federal partners EPA, USDA and ARC discuss what motivated them to design the program.

Presenters:
Keith Adams - Interim Director, USDA
Ed Fendley - Program Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency
Mark DeFalco - Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission

Part 2: Three cool towns will discuss how they got connected with Smart Growth America and Broadband Catalysts: their motivations, the process and their recommendations.

Presenters:
Lee H. Brown – General Manager of Erwin Utilities, Erwin, Tenn.
Keith Harless – Mayor, Pennington Gap, Va.
Ken Sunseri – Mayor, Haleyville, Ala.
John Robert Smith – Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Growth America
Brian Rathbone – Principal, Broadband Catalysts
Deborah Watts – Partner, Broadband Catalysts

Part 3: A promising approach from the Federal Reserve to fund community broadband efforts.

Presenter:
Jordana Brewster - Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Part 4: The three panels field questions among themselves and from attendees. A funding checklist on broadband will be distributed at the end of the program to those present in the audience.

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Spawning an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Robust economic development takes more than just building a fiber network. That goal frequently requires an ecosystem that spawns and supports entrepreneurship and innovation. Check out communities that have done just that in this session.

Leader:
Christopher Mitchell – Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Presenters:
Alan Fitzpatrick
- CEO, Open Broadband, LLC
Ken Hays - President & CEO, The Enterprise Center
Vince Jordan - President & CEO, Lobaki
Tricia Steele - CEO, SAI Digital; Co-Founder, Makervillage, Rome, GA

More Lessons From the Best: Successful Projects #2
Hear more stories – and get more inspiration -- from additional successful broadband projects.

Leader:
Joe Starks – Founder and President, ECC Technologies Inc.

Presenters:
Lewis Foster
- Broadband Manager, Columbia County, Georgia
Terry Huval – Utility Director, Lafayette Utilities System, Lafayette, LA
Mark Johnson – Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Data Architecture, MCNC

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move Out

 

 

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