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Registrations for the Conference Include:   Participating Partners, Sponsors & Exhibitors:

Director of Utilities - City of Chanute

Executive Director - Focus Springfield

Assistant Village Manager - Huntley Illinois Economic Development

Program Officer - LISC Chicago

Vice-Chairman - Partnership for a Connected Illinois

Director, Health & Technology Engagement - Northern Illinois University

Regional eTeam Leader - Partnership for a Connected Illinois

CEO - KC Digital Drive

Director - Southside Broadband Expansion Collaborative NFP

Telecom Manager - Richmond Power & Light

Student - Cardozo Law School

Senior Consultant, Broadband Development Group - Northern Illinois University

Broadband Services Coordinator - Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

Video Administrator - Crawfordsville Electric Light and Power

Executive Director - Union County Economic Development Corp

Consultant - Illinois Century Network

Vice President for University Advancement - Winona State University

Solutions Architect - Northern Illinois University - iFiber

President & Head Coach - CALOP/Housing and Community Solutions

Manager, Telecommunications - Muscatine Power and Water

Student - University of Illinois/City of Champaign

Economic Development Officer - City of Decatur

Telecom Consultant - City of Franklin PA

Director, Public Policy & Engagement - Blandin Foundation

Chief Network Architect - Northern Illinois University

Associate Professor - Clemson University

Chicagoland eTeam Leader - Partnership for a Connected Illinois

Economic Development Manager - City of Champaign

Senior Research Scholar - Northern Illinois University

Communications and Program Director - Partnership for a Connected Illinois

OPS & IT Manager - Illinois Medical District Commission

Management Analyst - USDA-Rural Development

Chief Executive Officer - Ontario County Industrial Development Agency

Managing Director - South Central Alabama Broadband Commission (SCABC)

Executive Director of Information Technology - South Suburban College

City Manager - City of Decatur

Visiting Project Coordinator - University of Illinois, Center for Digital Inclusion

City Planner - City of Oak Forest

Executive Director - Neighborhood Development Services

Network Services Manager - State of Illinois/Central Management Services

Business Recruitment Coordinator - Huntley Illinois Economic Development

Executive Director - Smart Chicago Collaborative

Executive Director - South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

Director, Network and Communications Services - Northern Illinois University

Outreach Coordinator - Blackhawk Hills Regional Council

Director of Information Technology - Millikin University

Executive Director - McLean County Regional Planning Commission

Senior Consultant, Broadband Development Group - Northern Illinois University

President - Bronzeville Community Development Partnership

President - Deaf Communication by Innovation

SkokieNet & Reference Librarian - Skokie Public Library

Chairman - Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation

Public Relations Director, Regional Development Institute - Northern Illinois University

Electrical Director - City of Rock Falls

Student - University of Michigan

Director of Community Projects - University of Illinois - UC2B

Chief Operating Officer - State of Illinois-Central Management Services

Technology Administrator - South Suburban College

Consultant - Partnership for a Connected Illinois

Senior Program Officer - Ford Foundation

State Broadband Policy Coordinator - Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

State Broadband Manager - Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

Senior Network Technician - State of Illinois/Central Management Services

Regional eTeam Leader - Partnership for a Connected Illinois

Consultant - NIU - RDI Broadband Development

Manager, Customer and Account Management - State of Illinois/Central Management Services

Economic Development Specialist - Redwood Area Development Corporation

Assistant Director - Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Director - U-reka Broadband Ventures

Executive Director - LqP EDA

Director & President - OnLight Aurora

Dean - University of Tampa

Assistant Village Administrator - Village of Gilberts

Director of Telecommunications Outreach - University of Kansas Medical Center

VP for University Advancement - Winona State University

Managing Director - KC Digital Drive

Director - Socket Telecom

Senior Fellow - Aspen Institute

Executive Director - Digital Workforce Education

Mayor - Village of Tinley Park

President - SCABC Board of Directors, South Central Alabama Broadband Commission

Executive Assistant - South Central Alabama Broadband Commission

Senior Fellow - Sagamore Institute for Policy Research

Linux Developer - VinaKom

President - Illinois Rural HealthNet

Executive Director - Chatham Technical Institute

Chairman - Chatham Technical Institute

Chief Executive - OneCommunity

National Connections Program Manager - OASIS Institute

Executive Director - Connect Michigan

Project Manager - NIU

President – State of Illinois - Frontier Communications

Communications Sales Manager - Cedar Falls Utilities

Deputy District Director - Office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush

Chief of Staff - Office of Governor

Village President - Village of Steger

Public Relations & Housing Director - Village of Steger

Community Development Director - City of Oak Forest

City Manager - Highland, IL

Village Administrator - Village of Steger

Project Manager - State of NJ Office of Information Technology

Development Director – South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

Director of Economic Development – South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

Interim Director – UC2B

Director, MPA Program – Clemson University

Director, Technology Planning and Policy – Friday Institute, NC State University

Municipal Manager – West Milton, Ohio

Policy Advisor – State of Illinois

Research Associate – Northern Illinois University Center For Governmental Studies

Member, City Council – City of Franklin, PA

City Manager – City of Princeton, IL

Chief Collaboration Officer – Incourage Community Foundation

Housing Commissioner – Sauk Village, IL

Vice President – Illinois Hospital Association

Planning Commissioner – Village of University Park, IL

Mayor – City of Aurora, IL

Assist. City Attorney – City of Centennial, CO

Office of Innovation Intern – City of Centennial, CO

Council Members – City of Centennial, CO

City Attorney – City of Centennial, CO

Chief Innovation Officer – City of Centennial, CO

City Manager – City of Centennial, CO

Senior Management Analyst – City of Centennial, CO

Commissioner – Cook County Board of Commissioners

Assist. Director, Economic Development and Planning – Village of Park Forest, IL

Mayor – Village of University Park, IL

Assistant City Manager – Kansas City, MO

Senior Vice President & CIO – OSF Healthcare System

Trustee – Village of Dolton, IL

Communications and Technology Director – Village of Lansing, IL

Mayor – Village of Monee, IL

Director of Economic Development – Village of Riverdale, IL

Senior IT Technicia
n – Village of University Park, IL


The Economic Impact of Advanced Broadband Networks

The Chicago Southland Broadband Network

"The Chicago Southland Fiber Network (CSFN) is creating jobs in the region by providing existing business and industry with links between multiple sites and high bandwidth links to the Internet and centralized data center resources."
Read more.

Midwestern Communities Take Control
of Their Broadband Destiny

Auburn, IN               Champaign, IL               Chanute, KS               Chicago Southlands Fiber Network               Gigabit Chicago               Cook County, IL               Illinois Gigabit Community Challenge               Minnesota               Southside Broadband Expansion Collaborative

Hear Why Community Leaders Are Heading to Chicago

Highlighting Successful Midwestern Broadband Fiber Projects

Topics and Themes Include

DEVELOPING broadband strategies for the
knowledge economy

WORKING with economic development agencies

DEVISING innovative financing methods

DEPLOYING broadband to help foster
vibrant communities

OBTAINING government incentives and support

BUILDING advanced broadband systems

SHAPING regional strategies and solutions

DIFFERENTIATING your community with advanced broadband

COMPETING and cooperating in a high-bandwidth world

CREATING jobs and attracting businesses with broadband networks

A Must-Attend Event

Explore best practices for developing fiber-based broadband strategies for the knowledge economy.

Learn the strategies necessary to foster collaboration with economic development agencies.

Discover how your community can become a magnet for the tech industry.

The Midwest is a leading hub for both private and public network builders.

"Gigabit Cities" are generating excitement nationwide. Position your community to be a part of the discussion.

Experience the substantive tie between big data, municipal data, energy efficiency, economic development
and the ROI of community fiber networks.

Entrepreneurs are choosing Gigabit Cities to launch new business ventures.

"Boomers" and "GenY" are relocating to cities that support access to advanced fiber-based broadband networks. Implement and apply the advantages these networks bring back to your community.

See what people said about our first conference of the series:
Danville, Virginia

"Thanks for putting this conference on! For me, it highlighted how fiber can be a game changer like it was for Danville. I obtained a good overview and came away with more knowledge than I came with."

Patty Eller - President, Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce

"I thought the conference was excellent. It was well organized and kept to the schedule. I learned a lot, made some helpful and important acquaintances, and enjoyed the sessions."

Dave Corn - Senior Telecommunications Consultant, ECC Technologies

"Your inaugural Broadband Communities Conference was great. The conference attracted both experienced and newcomers who offered stimulating ideas, case studies and networking opportunities. Everyone had something to contribute and we learned from each other."

Sheila R. Dalmat - Key Bridges

"It generated a lively discussion among the attendees and provided me with valuable information that I can transfer to the real economic developers within my organization."

Jim Baker, Chief - Information Technologies Group, SEDA-Council of Governments

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