Broadband Conferernce: Speaker Intro: Mayor Graham Richard

Mayor Graham RichardWired and inspired. That’s the mantra of Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. Wired, because Fort Wayne is becoming one of the most technologically connected cities in America. Inspired, because Richard has been on a mission to turn city government into a lean, results-producing, customer-focused driver of an economically thriving city. Graham Richard is completing eight years of public service as mayor of Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana. Richard has helped taxpayers save nearly $30 million in city government services.

Under Mayor Richard’s leadership Fort Wayne has been recognized as a high performance city. Crime is at the lowest rate in 27 years. Over $30 million has been saved using business improvement practices including Lean Six Sigma. Potholes are filled in 4 hours instead of 4 days. Permits are granted in days not weeks. The Fort Wayne Public Works Division and the Fleet Management Departments have been named as number one in the country.

Mayor Richard has received national awards for his technology leadership, including the Fiber-to-the-Home Council’s 2005 Star Awards, the Public Technology Institute’s 2006 Tech Leader Award and the 2006 KillerApp Trailblazer Awards. Mayor Richard recently completed his first book, Performance is the Best Politics, which features the story of Fort Wayne’s transformation to high performance government. Mayor Richard is a long time local business owner and former state senator. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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