EVENT June 17: Webinar – No Place But Home – Is This Rural’s Moment to Become Intelligent?

From the Intelligent Community Forum, with Blandin Broadband Communities broadband coach, Bill Coleman

People living in cities became anxious during COVID and remain that way in its aftermath. Cities are frayed and at a tipping point. There is a significant ongoing debate about the advantages of density. The ability of broadband connectivity to offer rural and small communities adequate online services and the opportunity to be part of a global economy is transformative and able to truly deliver the promise that “middle of nowhere is no more.”
Is this the moment rural and small communities have been waiting for?
Will the exodus to the countryside rebalance the human social experience? Maybe. But is the rural ecosystem ready, able or even willing to take on the potential flow out of cities? Broadband is where we start, but it is not ONLY about broadband or smart technologies. Preparing the rural community for a new era demands a more holistic approach. Will rural healthcare, education and services be up to the task?
We explore this issue with Intelligent Communities from the rural sector, experts and providers of connectivity.

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sYp5Ak2FSuuXIQZlrLollw

Speakers include:

  • Bill Coleman, Founder, Community Technology Advisors
  • John G. Jung, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum
  • Lou Zacharilla, Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Moderator)

Bill Coleman helps communities make the connection between telecommunications and economic development. As principal in Community Technology Advisors since 2000, he assists clients develop and implement programs of broadband infrastructure investment and technology promotion and training. Coleman believes that both are required for community technology and economic vitality. Prior to forming Community Technology Advisors, Bill managed Onvoy’s (now Zayo) Integrated Community Network (ICN) rural market development efforts. ICN, a Nortel Networks sales process, was a superb market development strategy to link a community’s economic development planning to telecom providers’ broadband infrastructure business planning, creating a win-win environment for providers and communities. Earlier, Bill staffed the MN Department of Trade and Economic Development Star City and Business Retention and Expansion Programs, working with local community teams to vision, strategize and implement local economic development programs. Bill is a current board member of PCs for People, a non-profit dedicated to getting computers into the hands of those without. He is a former board member of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and the Midwest Institute for Telecommuting Education.

ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum’s leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development. More

Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Top7 and Intelligent Community of the Year Awards programs. He helps the New York-based think tank communicate the importance of developing viable and innovative communities and cities audiences worldwide and oversees the new Institutes of the Intelligent Community Forum around the world. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at conferences and events. He appears regularly in the media to discuss the impact of broadband and access technologies on the rebirth of the world’s communities. More

Click here to register for this webinar:

June 17, 2020 at 2pm – 3pm | Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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About Ann Treacy

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

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