Becker/Sherburne County Broadband Roundtable April 8

I’m on the road but I wanted to get this up in time for folks to make plans to attend. Sorry for short notices and limited details.

Becker/Sherburne County Broadband Roundtable
LOCATION: Becker Furniture World, Showroom, 13150 1st Street, Becker, MN (Enter at the Café Pawz entrance – clearly marked with sign)
DATE: April 8
TIME 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CONTACTS
• Governor/Lt. Governor’s Office: Sarah Hinde, 651.262.7280
• Local Contact: Laura Kangas, Palmer Wireless, 320.743.5110
• Location Contact: Tiffany Erickson, Becker Furniture World, 763.262.9241
ADMINISTRATION REPS Jane Leonard, Grant Administrator, Office of Broadband Development

LEGISLATORS (confirmed)
• Rep. Jim Newberger
• Rep. Nick Zerwas
• Senator Mary Kiffmeyer
• Rep. Kurt Daudt (TBD)
• Senator Michelle Benson (pending)

PANEL PARTICIPANTS
• Rep. Jim Newberger
• Rep. Nick Zerwas
• Senator Mary Kiffmeyer
• Rep. Kurt Daudt (TBD)
• Senator Michelle Benson (pending)
• Jane Leonard, Office of Broadband Development
• Mark Brinkman, President, Highway Materials LLC
• Michael Tate, Telecom Engineer, Great River Energy
• Robb Feldhege, IT Manager, Becker Furniture World
• Laura Kangas, Co-Founder/Owner; Palmer Wireless
• Albert Kangas, Co-Founder/Owner; Palmer Wireless
• Amanda Othoudt, Economic Development Director for Elk River and former Community Development Coordinator for Becker
• Dan Weber, Assistant County Administrator/Economic Development Specialist, Sherburne County

MODERATOR Lt. Governor Tina Smith (LGS)

SCHEDULE
1) 2:00 pm: Welcome remarks and introduction of LGS, Steve Taylor, County Administrator, Sherburne County.
2) 2:03 pm: Welcome to panelists and audience members, LGS.
3) 2:04 pm: Panelists briefly introduce themselves.
4) 2:07 pm: Brief overview of completed project, Laura and Albert Kangas, Palmer Wireless.
5) 2:12 pm: LGS moderates roundtable conversation about the completed Becker Industrial Park project, its impact on local businesses, and what more needs to be in regards to broadband in Sherburne County.
6) 2:45 pm: LGS opens the discussion to questions/comments from audience.
7) 2:58 pm: Closing remarks, LGS.
8) 3:00 pm: Roundtable concludes.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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