Scott Shapiro



Scott Shapiro consults with MetroNet, the fiber-to-the-home company that delivers gigabit service to 80 communities in seven states. Prior to that, Scott initiated Lexington, Ky.’s successful Gig Project while serving as the Chief Innovation Officer for the city’s mayor. The project resulted in the deployment of an $80M citywide fiber-optic network, making Lexington the largest gigabit city in the country.

While serving in Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s office, Scott discovered a new species of city, the University City, and he writes and speaks about the concept’s implications for Lexington, its peers, and aspiring University Cities. He also managed Mayor Gray’s successful reform of the city’s long-troubled police and fire pension system, called “the most effective pension reform in the country” by the city’s actuary and “a template for fixing America’s public pensions” by Bloomberg Markets. As a side project, Scott created and taught a course titled City Innovation at the University of Kentucky.

Before his work in public service, Scott built and sold a marketing company in New York City. Scott holds a BA from New York University and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

September 22-24, 2020

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