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2018 ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Ontario, California
October 23-25, 2018

Special Programs
Keynotes/General Session Program
Track 1: Economic Development
Track 2: Economic Development
Track 3: Editor’s Choice
Exhibit Hours
Registration Hours
   
Monday, October 22
8:00 am – 5:00 pm CERTIFICATION Day One:
(Strawberry Peak Room)

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

Tuesday, October 23
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Empire Ballroom Foyer)
8:00 am – 5:00 pm CERTIFICATION Day Two:
(Strawberry Peak Room)

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

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move In
(Grove Ballroom)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Workshop #1
(Harvest Ballroom)
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

Workshop #2
(Vineyard Ballroom)
Advanced Broadband Technology 101
Everything you need to know about fiber, wireless, 5G and all the technologies that are impacting your community.

Presenter:
Joanne Hovis – President, CTC Technology & Energy

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Workshop #3
(Harvest Ballroom)
Creating Converged Networks for FTTH and 5G
While every operator and engineer is talking about 5G, few know what these networks will ultimately look like when they are built. The high number of antennas required means operators should no longer consider the planning of wireless and wireline as separate. This workshop will show how to take an integrated approach to designing a 5G deployment.

Learning objectives:

  • Applications Driving FTTH and 5G
  • Status of FTTH and 5G deployments in North America
  • FTTH and 5G technology evolution and projection
  • Interdependence of FTTH and 5G and the impact on architectures
  • Overcoming fiber deployment barriers to support FTTH and 5G

Presenters:
John George
- Director of Solutions and Professional Services, OFS
Kevin Wynne – Manager, Americas, Comsof (FiberPlanIT)

Workshop #4
(Lake Arrowhead Ballroom)
Co-Hosted by the American Planning Association Technology Division
(AICP Certification Maintenance Credits Will Be Given)
Free Workshops
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 Communication

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Workshop #5
(Harvest Ballroom)
How to Work with Your City Departments to Fast Track Your Fiber
From mastering the RFP process to permits, inspections and plan checks, it’s a lot easier when you’re all on the same track. The OntarioNet Team offers real-life advice for upping your game.

Presenters:
Elliott Ellsworth
- Information Technology Director, City of Ontario, Calif.
Jimmy Chang - Broadband Operations Director, City of Ontario, Calif.
Anna Vaca - Senior Systems Analyst, City of Ontario, Calif.
Ron Ivie – Director, IM Services Group, City of Ontario, Calif.

Workshop #6
(Lake Arrowhead Ballroom)
Greenlight Projects: How to Find Funding & Generate Political Will
Communities across the nation are realizing that high speed broadband is critical to remaining competitive. But modernizing your digital infrastructure “takes a village” – the community and its major stakeholders. With their support, a project is more apt to be greenlighted. In this interactive session, the nation’s leading specialists in broadband PR and marketing, fiber demand aggregation and broadband economic feasibility share their best advice about generating demand and political will—and finding funding sources that may be hiding in plain sight!

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.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free Workshops
CLIC Special Program
(Vineyard Ballroom)
An Action Plan for Local Internet Choice in 2019 and Beyond
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception - Exhibit Area
(Grove Ballroom)
Wednesday, October 24
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open 
(Empire Ballroom Foyer)
7:30 am – 8:30 am  Continental Breakfast
(Grove Ballroom)
8:30 am – 9:30 am Conference Welcome and Keynote Address
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
The Ontario Story
9:40 am – 10:40 am General Session
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
Smart Cities in the Golden State
California is at the forefront of the community led broadband movement. Smart and Connected Cities are no longer the wave of the future in the Golden State; they are here. Across Southern California, leading cities—big and small—have begun to pioneer a variety of models to build fiber infrastructure and advance economic development. While broadband-enabled services and applications evolve, the foundational requirement for Smart City strategies is always the underlying infrastructure: fiber that can deliver high-quality, reliable broadband. In this session, Southern California's Smart City leaders will discuss their implementation strategies, best practices, lessons learned, and success stories.

Leaders:
Jeff Reiman – Vice President, Business Strategy, The Broadband Group

10:40 am - 11:55 am Exhibits Open / Networking Break
(Grove Ballroom)
12:05 pm - 1:10 pm Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
Our Towns: A Vision for America's Continuing Revitalization
Best-selling authors James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine airplane, visiting dozens of towns and taking the pulse of an America that is unreported and unobserved by the national media. The America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems - and it is crafting solutions. Come hear their view of the country: It's as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and the compassion, the dreams and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better in a country busy remaking itself.

Presenters:
Jim Fallows - National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly
Deb Fallows - Writer and Linguist

1:20 pm - 2:10 pm General Session
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
Blue Ribbon Session: Broadband Champions Speak Out
Our panel of broadband experts explores the key emerging issues that affect the relationship between high-capacity broadband, economic development, work creation and digital inclusion. Come hear an insightful and provocative debate.

Leader:
Lev Gonick
- CIO, Arizona State University

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

  Economic Development
Track 1

(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Lake Arrowhead Ballroom)
Editor's Choice
Track 3

(Lake Gregory Ballroom)
2:20 pm - 3:10 pm

Funding Fundamentals: Where to Find It
Raising sufficient funds is critical to the success of any broadband project. Project developers are increasingly piecing together funding from various sources, some familiar… and some not. This session explores both traditional and new sources of funding for broadband projects that focus on economic development.

Presenter:
Jase Wilson – CEO & Founder, Neighborly

Turnaround Communities
Communities must constantly ensure that they are poised for long-term success. Sometimes they must fundamentally reinvent themselves. This session will tell the stories of several communities that have done so successfully, with advanced communications capabilities as a critical component of their renewal.

Hosted by
Next Century Cities

Leader:
Deb Socia
- Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Presenters:
Bryon Horn, CISSP, PMP - Chief Information Officer, Information Services Department, City of Fresno, CA
Anton D. (Tony) Batalla - Information Technology Manager, City of San Leandro, CA
Michele Williams – Chief Information Officer, Culver City, CA

Healthcare and Broadband Deployment: Powerful Partners
Healthcare pumps billions into the economy, and it’s frequently the major source of jobs in communities. But seismic shifts in reimbursement are putting this industry at risk. The solution? New, efficient ways to deliver care – from robotic surgery to electronic health records – made possible by robust broadband deployment. This means healthcare can be a strong partner in getting your broadband deployed – and this session shows you how to take advantage of the synergy.

Leader:
Bob Knight
- Executive Vice President & COO, Harrison Edwards Strategic, Inc.

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Networking Break - Exhibit Area
(Grove Ballroom)
3:40 pm - 4:40 pm General Session
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Technology-fueled innovation ecosystems can help enable a range of work, learning and economic benefits for communities. Discover key models for innovation ecosystems – and how communities can start or scale their efforts – at this session.

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

4:50 pm - 5:40 pm The Emerging Role of Cooperatives in Broadband Deployment
Spurred by the New Deal's Rural Electrification Act, electric cooperatives emerged in the 1930s to bring power to the sparsely populated and difficult to serve areas of the country that investor- and publicly-owned electric utilities were choosing not to serve. Today, a growing number of electric, telephone and other cooperatives are stepping forward to play the same role in broadband deployment. This session focuses on the opportunities that cooperatives present... and the challenges they face.

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

Welcome to the Fiberhood: How Economic Development Needs Are Changing the Real Estate Development Landscape
From attracting millennials and a digital workforce to supporting high-density residential and mixed-use development, large developers are discovering installing fiber needs to be part of their business model – and the communities they’re building in are learning to leverage their power to get the builders to fund the infrastructure.
5:40 pm - 7:45 pm Cocktail Reception
(Grove Ballroom)
Thursday, October 25
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open 
(Empire Ballroom Foyer)
7:30 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
(Grove Ballroom)
  Economic Development
Track 1

(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
Economic Development
Track 2

(Lake Arrowhead Ballroom)
Editor's Choice
Track 3

(Lake Gregory Ballroom)
8:00 am - 8:50 am 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.

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

New Business Models For Broadband/Economic Development
Interest in community-led broadband initiatives is soaring across America, and community leaders are constantly developing creative new business models. This session highlights some of the most interesting and promising.

Leader:
Joanne Hovis - President, CTC Technology and Energy

Closing the Digital Divide: Making the Argument for Government Intervention
Access to high-speed internet is essential for full participation in the civic, economic and education systems of modern life. Yet approximately 30% of Californians lack meaningful internet access. Our speaker, a former member of the California State Legislature and currently a Senior Policy Fellow at UC Riverside School of Public Policy, makes the case that’s there’s not only economic benefits to expanding access, there’s historical precedence for government investment in utility infrastructure, from the Erie Canal to BTOP.

Leader:
Hon. Lloyd Levine (ret.)
- Senior Policy Fellow, University of California Riverside

9:00 am - 10:00 am General Session
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
Putting the Partners into Partnership
P3s work best when the network provider and the government entity make sure the relationship works. This session features several successful P3 “teams,” speaking on challenges and how a good relationship works for them.

Leader:
Jory Wolf
- Vice President Digital Innovation, Magellan Advisor

Presenters:
Nick Keeler - President, Inyo and OntarioNet Partner
Dan Sivils - Chief Operating Officer, Isofusion and Issaquah Highlands Partner

10:10 am - 11:10 am General Session
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
The San Jose Story: A Win-Win for the City and Its Small Cell Deployment Plan
Find out how San Jose has positioned itself to become a model for municipalities wishing to maximize their Smart City potential. Its partnership with three major carriers for small cell deployment will bring new and improved services -- and add $24 million to the city’s Digital Inclusion Fund.

Leader:
Heather Burnett Gold
- CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

11:10 am - 12:10 pm Exhibit Hall Open / Networking Break
(Grove Ballroom)
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Vineyard/Harvest Ballroom)
1:30 pm - 2:20pm Hands-On Workshop: Get Prepared to Address Future of Work Issues in Your Community
Idaho native and future of work expert Nick Smoot guides attendees through a step-by-step process on enabling future of work choices in their communities that are as successful as possible.

Presenter:
Nick Smoot
- Founder, Innovation Collective and Mountain Man Ventures

It Takes Smarts to Make a Smart City
Utilizing digital technology to address stubborn challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, promoting economic development and making local governments more accessible and efficient is what Smart Cities are all about. But first things first: These innovative applications depend on access to high-speed connectivity. That means investment in the right broadband wireline/wireless technologies must be the first step. This session introduces you to the basics of developing the broadband infrastructure you’ll need and an overview of Smart City applications.

Leader:
Diane Kruse
- President, NeoConnect

Regional Broadband Networks and Economic Development
You’ll learn about the direct consequences of introducing significant broadband infrastructure into underserved rural areas from these regional networks that are making a difference.

Leader:
Michael T. Ort
- CEO Praxis Associates, Inc.; CEO Inyo Networks, Inc. and Chairman, California Broadband Cooperative

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm 5G: Panacea, Pure Marketecture… or Something in Between?
Proponents of 5G claim it will provide vastly more bandwidth than current wireless technologies, that it will enable the U.S. to win the global race for leadership in next generation communications, that it will significantly reduce the need for fiber and that it will eliminate the "digital divide" between urban and rural areas. Others claim 5G is just a marketing myth, that there is no business case for it, and that it is economically infeasible in rural areas. Where does the truth lie? Come to this session to find out.
It Pays When Broadband and Economic Development Professionals Work Together
Working as a team, broadband professionals and economic development professionals can significantly advance a community’s economic goals while simultaneously contributing to the sustainability of its broadband network. Our experts discuss and provide examples of what works well… and not so well.
Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure
Everyone agrees high-quality fiber infrastructure is the key that opens the door to Smart City success. But just how does Smart City infrastructure get put together? Not just the network, but the training, the outreach, the add-on software, and everything else. This panel aims to ensure you’ll go home a lot smarter about how to achieve your Smart City goals.
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move Out
(Grove Ballroom)

 

 

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