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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
Community Toolkit Program
Exhibit Hours
Registration Hours
   
Tuesday, November 7
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Concourse Foyer)
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

Workshops are
complimentary for all registered conference attendees.
Workshop #2
(Da Vinci Room)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Workshop #3
(Concourse Ballroom A)
Workshop #4
(Da Vinci Room)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Workshop #5
(Concourse Ballroom A)
Workshop #6
(Da Vinci Room)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm CLIC Special Program
(Concourse Ballroom B)
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 blue-ribbon panel of longtime broadband advocates.  It’s a diverse group of doers as well as thinkers who are more than happy to advocate for their positions on fiber for the new economy.

Leader:
Lev Gonick
- CEO, DigitalC
Presenters:
Christopher Mitchell - Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee - Fellow – Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
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)
Editor's Choice
Track 3

(Da Vinci Room)
11:15 am – 12:05 pm
Adaptive Communities:
Effective Strategies and Case Histories for Creating Future Work

Presenter:
Gary Bolles
- Partner, Charrette LLC; Co-Founder, eParachute

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

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 Go Figure: Summing Up the Latest Numbers on Broadband and Economic Development

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.

Fiber vs. 5G:
What's the Real Answer for Rural Areas

Presenters:
Kevin Morgan
– Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield
Larry D. Thompson – Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Point Solutions


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.
2:40 pm – 3:30 pm All Pros, No Cons: Learn Best Techniques for Broadband and Economic Development Professionals Working Together

Presenter:
Aaron Deacon - Managing Director, KC Digital Drive

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

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

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 communities needs.

Leader:
Jasper Schneider
– Vice President, NISC

3:30 pm – 3:50 pm Networking Break 
(Concourse Pre-Function East)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

General Session
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
Working It: Fiber Development Stars Show How It's Done

Leader:
Jeff Reiman
- Principal, The Broadband Group

Presenter:
Darryl Howard
- Founder, Space Logix

5:10 pm – 6:10 pm MDUs and Fiber

Hosted by
the Fiber Broadband Association

 

Key Legal Issues for Economic Development

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

Digital Equity: Interventions that Work

Hosted by
Next Century Cities

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception
(Concourse Pre-Function East)

Co-Sponsored by Magellan Advisors

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)
  Economic Development
Track 1

(Concourse Ballroom A)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Concourse Ballroom B)
Editor's Choice
Track 3

(Da Vinci Room)
8:30 am – 9:20 am Finding the Funding

Presenter:
Marc DeFalco
- Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission
Jane Smith Patterson – Partner, Broadband Catalysts

Bandwidth-Rich Applications for the Future Broadband Policy on the Federal Front
9:30 am – 10:30 am General Session
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
10:40 am – 11:50 am  General Session
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
Smart Cities: Savvy Solutions for Today … and Tomorrow

Leader:
Joanne Hovis
- President, CTC Technology & Energy

12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Concourse Ballroom C-D)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Partnerships: Parsing the Possibilities Lessons From the Best: Successful Projects #1

Presenter:
Jody Wigington, P.E
- General Manager, CEO Morristown Utility Systems, Morristown, TN

Small Cells/Successful City-Vendor Partnerships
2:40 pm – 3:40 pm Spawning an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem More Lessons From the Best: Successful Projects #2

Presenter:
Lewis Foster
- Broadband Manager, Columbia County, Georgia

 
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move Out

 

 

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