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2016 ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Minneapolis, MN
October 18 - 21, 2016

Special Programs
Keynotes/General Session Program
Track 1: Economic Development
Track 2: Economic Development
Community Toolkit Program
Exhibit Hours
Registration Hours
   
Tuesday, October 18
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open 
(Denmark Commons)
8:00 am – 6:00 pm FTTH Council Board Meeting - Closed Meeting
(Oslo)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Workshops
CLIC Special Program
(Scandinavian Ballroom 4)

Click here to see the entire program

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move In
(Denmark Commons)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm WORKSHOP #1
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

(Scandinavian Ballrooms 1-2)

Hands-On Financial Modeling For Community Networks
Latest Economic Initiatives For Network Builders
presentation  
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

Special Electrical
Co-op Program

(Scandinavian Ballroom 3)

Partners on the Road to Rural Broadband
presentation

Sometimes a rural broadband network that seems impossible for a single company to finance and build succeeds when two or more partners share the investment, risk and profits. But partnerships are hard to negotiate and manage, and there's no one “right way” to do it. Relationships vary according to the needs of each partner.  This afternoon session will explore public policy issues, funding models, lessons learned, the give and take of building rural broadband – and, yes, the sweet success!

12:00 pm – 12:25 pm 
Special Report: What the Research Shows About Partnerships

Presenter:
Emma Green – Operations Analyst, Accenture


12:30 pm – 1:45 pm   
Why Partnerships Can Work Well For Small Rural Communities
presentation  
Electric cooperatives, rural communities, and rural telecommunications companies are among the potential partners for rural broadband. How can they benefit by working together? What challenges and public policy issues affec their ability to join together to build out sustainable broadband in rural America?

Panelists:
Shirley Bloomfield – CEO,  NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
Martin Lowery – Executive VP, Member and Association Relations, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Sheldon Petersen – CEO, Cooperative Finance Corporation


1:45 pm – 2:00 pm     
Break


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm      
How Can Rural Partnerships Obtain Financing For Broadband?
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Electric cooperatives, telcos and municipalities each have their traditional financing sources for capital projects. Which public and private agencies will step forward to finance joint ventures?

Panelists:
Keith Adams – Assistant Administrator Telecommunications Program, Rural Utilities Service, USDA
Chris McLean – Assistant Administrator Electric Program, Rural Utilities Service, USDA
Nivin Elgohary – Executive Vice President, Co-Bank
Joel Allen – Senior VP of Member Services, Cooperative Finance Corporation
Matt Zehnder – Vice President, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.


3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Break


3:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Lessons Learned By Rural Broadband Providers
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Find out about the inner workings of broadband partnerships, their unique challenges and the models most suitable for your communities. Bring all your questions and ask these experienced providers what works and doesn’t work, and how to avoid the traps that can undermine partnerships.

Presenter:
Shannon Clark – CEO & General Manager Richland Electric Cooperative
Erik Brinke – Director of Economic Development, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
Kevin Beyer – General Manager, ACIRA (Advanced Communications in Rural America
Joe Buttweiler – Business Partner Manager, Connect CTC, MN
Brent Groome – Chief Executive Marketing, Economic and Strategic Initiatives, HTC

Community Toolkit
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

(Norway Room)

FTTH 101 Workshop
This session covers the basics on the various options for how FTTx (user) networks work for both residential (FTTH) and business/building (FTTB) applications.

Presenters:
Larry Johnson
- Director and Founder, The Light Brigade
Mark Boxer - Applications Engineering Manager, OFS

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm WORKSHOP #2
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(Scandinavian Ballrooms 1-2)

DIY Fiber Mapping
Sometimes a quick-and-dirty estimate is all you need to arrive at a go/no-go decision about a fiber extension.

Few municipal or community broadband providers can hire full-time sales engineers who are on call to provide same-day estimates. Paying dedicated sales engineers is expensive, and pulling outside-plant engineers off billable projects is disruptive to the provisioning process.

Having the ability to provide a timely ballpark estimate for fiber installation allows a broadband operator to qualify leads faster and enables it to focus its limited resources on viable opportunities.

We'll use Google Maps to walk through mapping points of interest, high risk areas, areas of opportunity, proposed fiber routes and using your measurements to come up with ball park estimates.

To actively participate in this workshop please bring your laptop, ensure you have a free active Google Account (same as a Gmail account) and don't forget to bring your favorite caffeinated beverage.

We'll see you there!

Presenter:
Jason Longenecker
- Project Manager, New Light Technologies
Ghermay Araya – CEO, Senior Technology Consultant, New Light Technologies


Community Toolkit
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Marketing the Value - Unlocking the Investment
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The ultimate key to successful FTTH deployments is high customer take rates. And those take rates are driven by how well the community and carriers promote and market the value of all-fiber networks with the resulting array of new products and services. In this session of front-line experts, you will hear what methods, messages and products/services are being used for effective marketing.

Moderator:
Barry Derrick – Strategic Solution Marketing Manager, ADTRAN

Speaker:
Shane West – Vice President, Marketing and Product Development, TDS Telecommunications
Brian Bissonette – Marketing Supervisor, Paul Bunyan Communications
Jacob Terstriep – Business Systems Analyst, Adams Telephone Cooperative


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm WORKSHOP #3
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

(Scandinavian Ballrooms 1-2)

Integrated Approaches to Broadband & Economic Development
presentation  
Michael Curri at Strategic Networks Group is one of the world's foremost" digital economists." With survey data from tens of thousands of small- and medium-size businesses nationwide, he offers an unbiased assessment of existing broadband availability, proposed needs, and best uses. The more willing customers, the easier it is to justify a network build.

Isak Finer of COS Systems will show how to use social networking and software solutions to aggregate service demand models. Learn how to use this information to define effective build plans, track service offerings and availability to customers, and then manage a variety of services for customer provisioning.

Fabion Kauker of Biarri Networks describes the use of network optimization – combining machine learning and quantitative analysis reduce planning and design time and to build a higher quality network with reduced costs.

Drew Peele of 3-GIS describes their web and mobile fiber management system, combining a browser-based full-editing GIS to get all the tools you need to plan, design, construct and manage a fiber network in one system.

Leader:
Lee Comer
- Manager of Business Development, Foresite Group

Panelists:
Brian Snider
– Network Design Director, Foresite Group
Fabion Kauker – Country Manager, Biarri Networks
Michael Curri – Founder and President, Strategic Networks Group
Isak Finer – Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems
Drew Peele – Principal Engineer, 3-GIS

WORKSHOP #4
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What You Really Need to Know About Financing
presentation 
Unlike seminars that focus on sources of funding – grants, loans, loan guarantees, etc. – this session will address the nuts and bolts of getting financed – how bankers judge potential projects, what bankers expect from lenders, and how applicants can navigate the financing process. Our panelists include representatives of a large nationwide bank that brings debt and equity to projects, a community bank with experience in assembling bank consortiums, and a bond advisor that helps communities and public-private partnerships through the municipal bonding process.

Leader:
Doug Dawson
- President, CCG Consulting

Presenters:
Philip A. Keithahn- Chairman and CEO, ProGrowth Bank
Tom Coverick - Managing Director, Public Finance, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.
Shannon Sweeney - Associate, David Drown Associates, Inc.


1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fiber Deployment Tour

Sponsored by Clearfield
This field trip is reserved for non-vendors only.

This year’s Regional Economic Development Conference takes fiber to the field – FieldTrip that is. See fiber in action, with a hands-on chance to see the deployment of optical fiber to homes and businesses. This half-day event , taking place the afternoon before the traditional conference opens, will get you up close and personal, with a live, in-field demonstration of what fiber will look like – and operate like, in your communities.

To ensure a quality experience, seats are limited on the bus that will take you off the convention floor and into the field. In addition to a look at fiber to the home and business park, a fiber to the desk network tour will be provided by our host, Clearfield, at their corporate offices northwest of downtown Minneapolis.

6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception - Exhibit Area
(Demark Commons)

Sponsored by Clearfield

Wednesday, October 19
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Denmark Commons)
8:00 am – 8:45 am  Continental Breakfast
(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)

Breakfast With the Fiber Leaders
Why Fiber Matters – Leaders Discuss Why They Chose All-Fiber

In this rapid fire Q&A session, leaders from FTTH network operators discuss the reasons they chose to deploy FTTH in their communities and lessons learned.

Moderator:
Tom Cohen – Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Speakers:
Dan Pecarina - CEO, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Jim Hickle – President, Velocity Telephone, Inc. / Gigabit Minnesota
Gregg Logan – Vice President of Engineering, Telapex, Inc.

8:50 am – 9:50 am 

Conference Welcome and Keynote Address
(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)

Championing Issues Including Rural Broadband and Supporting Statewide Job Creation
Tina Smith is Minnesota's 48th Lt. Governor. Since taking office in January 2015, Tina has focused on building an economy that works for all Minnesotans - championing issues including rural broadband internet access, expanding access to early learning, and supporting statewide job creation.

The Honorable Tina Smith - Lieutenant Governor, State of Minnesota

10:00 am – 10:50 am  General Session
(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)

Meet the Experts and Conference Overview
In this interactive session, community broadband and fiber industry experts will discuss important new developments, provide overviews of the key goals and content of the economic development and community toolkit tracks, and answer questions from the audience on community broadband, public-private partnerships, developing fiber networks for economic development, and other topics. Please plan to ask good questions!

Leader:
Deb Socia
- Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Panelists:
Heather Gold - President, Fiber to the Home Council
Christopher Mitchell - Director, Community Broadband Initiative, ILSR
Jim Baller - Senior Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

10:50 am – 11:15 am Networking Break
(Denmark Commons)
11:15 am – 12:15 pm  General Session
(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)

Blue Ribbon Panel: How Far Have We Come, and What Must We Do Next?
With national, state and local elections looming, this is a good time to take stock of how far we have come in the last few years and, even more important, to identify what more needs to be done and how to do it. Our Blue Ribbon Panel will address these questions, providing the backdrop for the economic development tracks.

Leader/Panelist:
Joanne Hovis
– President of Columbia Technology Corp. and Chair, FTTH Council Community Toolkit

Panelists:
Chris Mitchell - Director, Community Broadband Initiative, ILSR
Doug Kinkoph - Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information (OTIA), NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Rollie Cole - Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm 

Lunch Activities / Keynote Addresses
(Fjords Ballroom)

Welcome to Minnesota
Tarek Tomes – Chief Information Officer, City of Saint Paul, MN

Armchair Discussion: Fostering Robust Broadband Connectivity to the Internet: The Policies that America Needs to Ensure Enduring Economic Success and Global Competitiveness
The Internet Association's mission is to foster innovation, promote economic growth, and empower people through the free and open Internet. The Internet creates unprecedented benefits for society, and as the voice of the world's leading Internet companies, this association ensures stakeholders understand these benefits. The Internet Association represents the interests of leading Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon, Auction.com, Coinbase, DoorDash, Dropbox, eBay, Etsy, Expedia, Facebook, Fanduel, Google, Groupon, Handy, IAC, Intuit, LinkedIn, Lyft, Monster Worldwide, Netflix, Pandora, PayPal, Pinterest, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, reddit, Salesforce.com, Snapchat, SurveyMonkey, TransferWise, TripAdvisor, Turo, Twitter, Uber Technologies, Inc., Yahoo!, Yelp, Zenefits, and Zynga. www.InternetAssociation.org.

Panelists:
Jim Baller - Senior Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
Noah Theran – Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Internet Association

  Economic Development
Track 1

(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Scandinavian Ballrooms 1-2)
Community Toolkit Program
Track 3

(Norway Ballroom)
1:40 pm – 2:30 pm Critical Metrics and What They're Telling Us Now About Fiber and Economic Development
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We have all heard compelling stories about broadband driving economic development. But what do the numbers say? This session will focus on those numbers, from both the United States and Canada, including those that show up on the network builder's financial statements and those that do not. We will also hear about a unique data base and program that enables states, communities, and businesses to measure the impact of broadband and compare themselves against similarly-situated entities.

Leader:
Ashley Stelfox
- Associate, Baller Stokes & Lide, P.C.
Panelists:
Michael Render - President and Leading FTTH Researcher, RVA, LLC
Michael Curri - Founder and President, Strategic Networks Group, Inc.
Danna Bailey - Vice President, Corporate Communications, EPB, Chattanooga, TN
Wayne Kelly – Project Coordinator, Brandon University

How Higher Education is Driving Economic and Workforce Development
Higher education — through colleges, universities, and community colleges — has long been a strong and effective partner in community initiatives to use broadband to drive and support economic development. This session will explore the many roles that Higher Education is playing, from community education to workforce development.

Leader/Panelist:
John Windhausen – Executive Director, Broadband (SHLB) Coalition

Panelists:
Bruce Maas – CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Patti Constantakis, Ph.D. – Director, Adult Learning Initiatives, Digital Promise
Bernard Gulachek – Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, University of Minnesota

Developing the Business Case: Part 1 - Organizing the Community
The critical first step in any local broadband initiative is getting the community involved, bringing all interested stakeholders to the table, and creating forums and mechanisms for participation and input. This panel will share experiences and offer best practices from communities that have successfully launched broad-based efforts--and have managed to move the needle substantially.

Leader:
Mike Reardon
– Cable Communications Officer, City of St. Paul, MN

Panelists:
Matt Huddleston – County Manager, Lake Connections
Barry Orton – Professor, Emeritus - Telecommunications, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Venables – IT Director, City of Burnsville, MN

2:40 pm – 3:30 pm Working With The Economic Development Community
presentation presentation
There was a time when broadband professionals and economic development professions did not understand each other. That is rapidly changing. Now, broadband and economic development professionals are becoming increasingly effective teams in advancing community and economic goals while simultaneously contributing to the sustainability of broadband networks. Our experts in this session will discuss and provide examples of what works well and not so well.

Leader:
William Coleman - Founder and President, Community Technology Advisors
Panelists:
Charlie Walker – President & CEO, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation
Scottie Sandstrom – Executive Director, Bayfield County Economic Development Corporation
Neela Mollgaard – Executive Director, Red Wing Ignite

Q&A Session: Choosing the Right Technology for Economic Development
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A broadband network won’t promote economic development unless it’s designed with business needs in mind. The technology must be suitable, and the network must be designed and built so as to be business-friendly and financially sustainable. Bring your questions to this session and ask the experts what you need to know about technology for economic development

Leader:
Greg Laudeman – Senior Consultant for Technology and Economic Development, Magellan Advisors

Panelists:
Boris Maysel – Director of Business Development, Siklu
Jamie Birdnow – Director of Global Solutions, Emerging Access Providers, Commscope
Eric Lampland – President, Lookout Point Communications

Developing the Business Case: Part 2 - Once Upon a Locate: Creating a Fiber Friendly Community
In this panel, you will learn about best practices communities can undertake now to ensure that they are ready for fiber deployment and attractive for private investment. These tools and best practices include Dig Once (efficient conduit placement), Climb Once (efficient pole "make ready"), Locate Once (efficient utility locates), and Build Once (making available public conduit and fiber for use by private entities).

Leader:
Jodie Miller – President, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Panelists:
Monica Webb - Government Relations, Ting Internet
Jonathan Bullock - Vice President Corporate Development, Hotwire Communications
Derek Slater – Head of Policy Strategy & Campaigns, Google Fiber

3:30 pm – 3:50 pm Networking Break
(Denmark Commons)
3:50 pm - 4:50 pm
Major Federal Funding Sources That Support Fiber-Driven Economic Development
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The $7.2 billion federal broadband stimulus program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has ended, but there are many other sources of funds that can be used to support deployment, adoption, and use of advanced communications networks. This session will highlight several major federal funding programs, including the FCC’s E-Rate, Connect America Fund, and Rural Health Care Program; the USDA’s broadband loan and grant programs; the Economic Development Administration’s public works and economic assistance programs; HUD’s community development grants; and several others. Attendees will receive extensive materials describing these and other federal and state programs, including hyperlinks to original sources of information about them.

Leader:
Hilda Legg
– Former RUS Administrator and Vice Chair, Broadband Communities

Panelists:
Ashley Stelfox
– Associate, Baller Stokes & Lide and General Counsel, Coalition for Local Internet Choice
Cindy Edwards – Area Director, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (Denver Regional Office)
Tom Jensen – General Field Representative, USDA, Rural Utilities Service

Case Histories of Successful Local Fiber-Based Economic Development: Part I
This region and neighboring states are rich in examples of communities using advanced communications capabilities to drive and support economic development. In fact, we can't even begin to fit all the examples into a single session. In this session and the following one, our panelists, representing a wide range of communities will share their experiences with us — what worked well, what didn't, and what they would change if they could do it over again.

Leader:
Greg Laudeman – Senior Consultant for Technology and Economic Development, Magellan Advisors

Panelists:
Ysni Semsedini - CEO Festival Hydro Inc Rhyzome Networks (Stratford, Ontario)
Paul Kronberger - Chief Information Officer, City of Madison Information Technology
Madonna Peltier Yawakie – President, Turtle Island Communications
Melanie L. McCoy – Superintendent, Sebewaing Light and Water
Tom Garrison – Communications Director City of Eagan, MN

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sources of Federal and State Funding That Supports Fiber-Driven Economic Development: Beyond Traditional Government Funding
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Investor interest in fiber-based broadband is at an all-time high. New capital is entering this market daily--and that means new opportunities for your local project. In this session, our panel of experts will explore new and emerging sources of capital for local broadband projects, including the new and growing interest of private equity in fiber-to-the-premises, revenue bonds based on public-private partnerships, and strategies for working with local banks to benefit from the Community Reinvestment Act.

Leader:
Joanne Hovis – President of Columbia Technology Corp. and Chair, FTTH Council Community Toolkit

Panelists:
Jordana Barton - Senior Advisor in Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Timothy Herwig – District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of Currency

Case Histories of Successful Local Fiber-based Economic Development: Part II
This session continues our examination of examples of successful local broadband projects that are driving and supporting economic development in their communities.

Leader:
Eric Lampland – President, Lookout Point Communications

Panelists:
Mark Erickson – EDA Director, City of Winthrop, MN
Todd Kielkopf – Principal, Kielkopf Advisory Services LLC
Josh Byrnes – Representative, State of Iowa; General Manager, Osage Municipal Utility (IA)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cocktail Reception
(Denmark Commons)

Sponsored by: Actavo Engineerings Services, LLC,
Ex2 Technology, and Foresite Group, Inc.

Thursday, October 20
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Denmark Commons)
7:30 am – 9:00 am  Continental Breakfast
(Denmark Commons)
  Economic Development
Track 1

(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Scandinavian Ballrooms 1-2)
Community Toolkit Program
Track 3

(Norway Ballroom)
8:30 am – 9:20 am Key Legal Issues Affecting Fiber Projects
presentation
Legal and regulatory issues can profoundly affect community 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 community broadband projects of all kinds, Sean Stokes and Casey Lide of the BallerLaw Group 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.

Panelists:
Sean Stokes
- Principal, Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, PC
Casey Lide - Principal, Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, PC

Successful State and Regional Efforts to Foster Fiber-Driven Economic Development
State and regional approaches to economic development have many virtues, including diversifying community support, pooling of resources, and enabling greater scale and diversity. They can also be more complex and time consuming. This session will explore what is working well, what isn’t, and what more needs to be done.

Leader/Panelist:
Danna MacKenzie - Executive Director, MN Office of Broadband Development

Panelists:
Mark Shlanta – CEO, South Dakota Network, LLC
Curtis Dean – President, SmartSource Consulting; Broadband Services Coordinator, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
Bill Vallee – Connecticut Broadband Policy & Programs Coordinator, Connecticut Broadband Office

Developing the Business Case: Part 3 - Demand Aggregation: Justifying the Investment
Since Google launched is first fiberhood in KC, various techniques of demand aggregation have proliferated. Attend this session to learn how communities have worked to aggregate demand to attract private investment and how ISPs have pre-sold services to support their infrastructure investments.

Leader:
Kevin Morgan – Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield

Panelists:
Gregg Logan - Vice President of Engineer, Telapex, Inc.
John Paul - CEO, Spiral Internet
Isak Finer – Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems

9:30 am - 10:30 am General Session
(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)

Making Your Legislature an Ally

Mobilizing local officials and broadband providers to help interested state legislators design and fund programs that actually help get broadband deployed.

Leader/Presenter:
Hon. Tom Sloan - Representative, State of Kansas

Presenters:
Hon. Matt Schmit – Senator, State of Minnesota
Ellen Satterwhite – Director, GlenEcho Group
Josh Byrnes – Representative, State of Iowa; General Manager, Osage Municipal Utility (IA)

10:40 am - 11:30 am
Next Century Cities Special Program: Mayors' Panel - The Importance of Political Leadership
(Scandinavian Ballrooms)

In this session, you will hear about proven ways to ensure community support, directly from mayors and city officials who are working to bring next-generation broadband to their communities. This panel of municipal leaders, who are all part of Next Century Cities, will discuss the importance of broadband to help their communities thrive and the strategies they have used to ensure their citizens are positive and supportive of their broadband efforts.

Leader:
Deb Socia – Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Panelists:
Don Boeder – Mayor, City of Gaylord, MN
Deborah Frank Feinen – Mayor, City of Champaign, IL
Brian Housh – Council Vice President, Village of Yellow Springs; Midwest Policy Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Jeff O’Neill - City Administrator, Monticello, MN

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Exclusive Report: Good Broadband – Life or Death for Your Community
The Rural Broadband Imperative
(Scandinavian Ballrooms)

presentation
For the first time in U.S. history, the majority of rural counties are actually losing population. Broadband Communities’ exclusive, award-winning multiyear national study shows that lack of broadband access is a key reason for rural population loss and for economic decline. The latest data continues to confirm that states restricting municipal broadband actually suffer greater population loss, and adds new detail about what types of rural counties (agricultural, mining, tourism, retirement and so forth) benefit most from broadband access.

Presented by:
Steve Ross
– Editor at Large, Broadband Communities Magazine

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Scandinavian Ballrooms 3-4)

Perspectives on Bridging the Digital Divide: From the Federal Government to the Individual

Presenters:
Michael Liimatta
- Former Manager of ConnectedHome at HUD
Pat Millen – Founder & President, E2D – Eliminate the Digital Divide

2:15 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move Out
1:45 pm - 2:45pm Public-Private Partnerships
As interest in high capacity broadband networks has skyrocketed, many communities have come to see public-private partnerships (P3) as their best option, if not their only feasible one. Our expert panelists will discuss the costs and benefits of such partnerships and the range of available models.

Leader:
Joanne Hovis
– President, CTC Technology & Energy; CEO, CLIC

Panelists:
David Young – Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager, City of Lincoln, NE
Kevin Beyer – General Manager, ACIRA (Advanced Communications in Rural America
Ted Pibil, Jr. – CIO, Harford County Government Information and Communication Technology

Ensuring that Underserved Populations Aren't Left Behind
All Americans, including our most vulnerable populations, must have affordable access to broadband, as well as the knowledge and tools to take maximum advantage of it. This session focuses on the needs of older adults, Native Americans, Americans with disabilities, and lower-income Americans. Our expert panels examine how well we are doing in meeting these needs and what more needs to be done.

Leader:
Nichol Turner-Lee - VP and Chief Research and Policy Officer, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

Panelists:
Debra Berlyn – Executive Director, Project GOAL
Pamela Standing – Founder, Minnesota Indian Business Alliance
David Rosenthal – Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

Seeking Providers: The RFI and RFP Process
presentation
This session will cover how communities can uncover the market appetite for infrastructure deployment in their location. Thoughtful solicitation requests can determine the extent to which a community is ready for private investment or the challenges that it must meet through its own resources.

Leader:
Jerome Day - Consulting Engineering Program Director, Calix

Panelists:
Mike Smeltzer - Board member, Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband
Dr. Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD

2:50 pm - 3:45pm The Role of Government Networks in Economic Development
In this session, members of the MN Public Broadband Alliance will share their local economic development best practices and successes that they have acquired from years of experience. The Alliance shares resources and expertise to help every interested community with effectively leveraging public dollars in broadband networks into effective engines for both community and economic development.

Leader:
JoAnne Johnson – Executive Director, MN Public Broadband Alliance

Panelists:
Gary Shelton – County Administrator, Scott County, MN
David Asp – Network Collaborative Engineer, Dakota County, MN
Jeff Dahna – General Manager, WindomNet, MN

Broadband, Economic Development, and Young People: The Future Is Now
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Young people inherently understand the fun side of technology; a really effective digital literacy program helps digital natives go beyond using technology as toy to using technology as tool. Learn how to make technology useful and keep it fun through creative internships, summer app camps, virtual reality and letting kids take the lead in closing the digital divide.

Leader:
Bernadine Joselyn – Director, Public Policy & Engagement Program, Blandin Foundation

Panelists:
Charles Hilliard
– Technology & eLearning Coordinator, Fond du Lac Reservation Ojibwe School
Lisa Peterson – de la Cueva – Program Coordinator, Community Technology Empowerment Project
Randy Johnson – IT Director, Red Wing Ignite Rural Intern Program
Chuck Olsen – CEO & Co-Founder, Visual

 

If At First You Don't Succeed: Managing Expectations and Ensuring Persistence
Your FTTH network will serve your community for generations to come. An accomplishment of this scale takes time to plan, time to build, and persistence. In this session, hear from community leaders who have been working for five or more years on an effort and, despite setbacks, are seeing real results emerge over time.

Leader:
John George – Director Solutions and Professional Services, OFS

Panelists:
Travis Carter – VP Technology, US Internet Corp, Minnetonka, MN
Ernie Staten – Deputy Service Director, City of Fairlawn, OH

 

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm TOWN HALL – Audience Interaction, questions, connections
 

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