Economic Development Track

Tuesday, April 28

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm

Regional Broadband Initiatives


Lev Gonick – Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University

Jory Wolf – Vice President of Digital Innovation, Magellan Advisors
John Leary – Information Technology Manager, Westfield Gas + Electric

3:10 pm – 4:00 pm

State Broadband Initiatives


Elin Katz – Managing Director, Utilities & Associate General Counsel, Tilson Technology Management


Ann Read – Officer, Broadband Research Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Charlotte Bewersdorff – VP for Community Engagement, Merit/Moonshot
Ben Blink – Policy Advisor, Transportation & Technology Innovation, Office of Governor Doug Ducey, State of Arizona


Wednesday, April 29

8:00 am – 8:50 am



Dr. Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD

John Windhausen – Executive Director, SHLB
Matt McCullough – Associate Director, Utah Education and Telehealth Network
Dr. Roberta Schwartz – CEO and Chief Innovation Officer, Houston Methodist Hospital

9:00 am – 9:50 am

More Muni Broadband Unfamiliar Success Stories

This panel features municipal fiber networks that arrived at the retail-service-model using different methods and assets. Some were incremental, some had other muni utilities, and they used different strategies with contracted help. We'll talk about what worked, what didn't, and why these networks have been important and valuable investments for their communities.


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

David Williams – Technology Services Director, Ponca City, OK
Carole Monroe – Chair of the Board, Community Outreach, ValleyNet, Inc.

10:00 am – 10:50 am

It’s Fast, It’s Low Latency, And It’s Empowering Communities

High speed, low-latency symmetrical broadband: This panel will discuss projects from around the country that rely upon this asset to create and implement powerful opportunities to teach, learn, and empower. International cybersecurity competitions, remote science experimentation, and more are all possible in communities with fiber connections.


Deb Socia – President & CEO, The Enterprise Center

Graham Dodge – Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc. (MAGIC)
Joe Kochan – CEO, US Ignite

12:45 pm – 2:05 pm

Cornerstone Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Verizon

Ted Maulucci – President, SmartONE Solutions

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The ‘Sausage Making’ of Fiber Financing – How it Really Works

Consultants often say finding financing is the hardest step for any fiber project. Our panelists have made it through the financing process and are ready to share the stuff they went through in the “sausage making” process – including partnerships, property taxes and a mix of methods used to finance a coalition of multiple municipalities.


Doug Dawson – President, CCG Consulting

Chris Townson – CEO, DTC, Tennessee
Ben Fineman – President & Co-Founder, Michigan Broadband Cooperative
Leslie Nulty – CFO, Mansfield Community Fiber, Inc.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Who Will (or Can) Wire America's Broadband


Heather Gold – President & CEO, HBG Strategies

Matt Sayre – Managing Director, Onward Eugene
Hank Blackwell – CEO, Dalton Utilities

Thursday, April 30

9:10 am – 12:00


Broadband P3s and Federal and State Incentives: A Force Multiplier

The new sources of state and federal broadband funding becoming available create new opportunities for public/private and other partnerships. For example, a community can collaborate with a private broadband ISP to apply for state and federal grant funds, enabling the community to share with the state and federal governments – and the private sector – the considerable cost of solving its broadband challenges. The current environment of new, robust broadband funding creates new opportunity for such collaboration in a range of communities. In this session, some of the architects of successful partnerships will share their strategies, lessons learned, and guidance for other communities.


Joanne Hovis – President, CTC Technology & Energy

Kenrick Gordon – PE, Director, Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband, State of Maryland
Christen Sullivan – Senior Budget Analyst, Harford County, MD

Other CLIC Program Presenter:
John Burchett – Sr. Director, Public Policy and Community Affairs, Google Fiber

Fiber: Building A Gigabit World

April 27 – 30, 2020

Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston, Texas

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