Minnesota Perspective of Broadband Communities’ Economic Development Conference Oct 18-20

Last night I combed through the agenda for the Broadband Properties conference on Broadband and Economic Development scheduled for October 18-20. It’s in Minneapolis this year and I was pleased to see a lot of Minnesota projects and people on the lineup. bbc-main

The conference is for folks involved or interested in Public Private Partnerships to deploy or use broadband networks – so planners such as policymakers, community leaders, broadband providers (especially local and independent), cooperatives and users such as folks in administration of schools, healthcare and economic development. There are three tracts: two focus on economic development and one on community toolkits, which are tools to help engage the community in a broadband effort.

It’ll be a fun chance to hear what’s happening in the region – but I’m especially proud that we get to showcase what’s happening in Minnesota. There are a couple of Minnesota-only sessions:

The Role of Government Networks in Economic Development
In this session, members of the MN Public Broadband Alliance will share their local economic development best practices and successes that they have acquired from years of experience. The Alliance shares resources and expertise to help every interested community with effectively leveraging public dollars in broadband networks into effective engines for both community and economic development.

  • JoAnne Johnson – Executive Director, MN Public Broadband Alliance
  • Gary Shelton – County Administrator, Scott County, MN
  • David Asp – Network Collaborative Engineer, Dakota County, MN
  • Jeff Dahna – General Manager, WindomNet, MN

Highly Effective Digital Literacy and Training Programs

Young people inherently understand the fun side of technology; a really effective digital literacy program helps digital natives go beyond using technology as toy to using technology as tool. Learn how to make technology useful and keep it fun through creative internships, summer app camps, virtual reality and letting kids take the lead in closing the digital divide.

  • Charles Hilliard – Fond du Lac Reservation Ojibwe School
  • Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva  Community Technology Empowerment Project
  • Randy Johnson – Red Wing Ignite Rural Intern Program
  • Chuck Olsen – Visual (Virtual Reality) Minneapolis MN

And a number of Minnesota speakers peppered throughout…

  • Kevin Beyer, General Manager, ACIRA (Advanced Communications in Rural America) – talking about Public-Private Partnerships
  • Brian Bissonette at Paul Bunyan Communications – talking about how to Market the Value of fiber and Unlocking the Investment
  • Don Boeder, Mayor, City of Gaylord, MN – on the Mayor’s panel, perhaps to talk about the Medical school looking to move to Gaylord with their fiber plans
  • Bill Coleman at CommunityTechnologyAdvisors.com – leading a talk on Working With The Economic Development Community
  • Neela Mollgaard Executive Director, Red Wing Ignite – joining Bill to talk about promoting innovation with rural fiber
  • Eric Lampland at Lookout Point Communications – leading a talk on Case Histories of Successful Local Fiber-based Economic Development
  • Mark Erickson, EDA Director , City of Winthrop, MN – joining Eric to talk about the success of RS Fiber
  • Erik Gronvall from Commscope – leading a discussion on If At First You Don’t Succeed: Managing Expectations and Ensuring Persistence
  • Travis Carter from US Internet – joining Erik to talk about customer engagement and support in Minneapolis
  • Bernard Gulachek, CIO at University of Minnesota – talking about How Higher Education is Driving Economic and Workforce Development
  • Jim Hickle at Velocity Telephone, Inc./Gigabit Minnesota – talking about Why Fiber Matters and Why Velocity Chose All-Fiber
  • Dan Pecarina at, Hiawatha Broadband Communications will also talk about Why HBC Chose All-Fiber
  • Matthew Huddleston at Lake County, MN – talking about Developing the Business Case by Organizing the Community
  • Danna MacKenzie at MN Office of Broadband Development – talking about Successful State and Regional Efforts to Foster Fiber-Driven Economic Development
  • Christopher Mitchell Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance – talking about How Far Have We Come, and What Must We Do Next? and joining the experts panel
  • Kevin Morgan Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield – talking about Developing the Business Case: Part 3 – Demand Aggregation: Justifying the Investment
  • Senator Matt Schmit – talking about Making Your Legislature an Ally
  • Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith – welcoming the crowd
  • Shannon Sweeney, Associate, David Drown Associates, Inc. – talking about What You Really Need to Know About Financing
  • Jim Baller, President, The Baller Herbst Law Group – we’re going to claim Jim, one of the organizers of the event even though I think DC would like to claim him too
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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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