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Broadband and Economic Development: The Need for Connectivity, Steps for Access and Best Practices for Local Broadband Expansion

  • When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 10 – 11:30 am
  • Where: Webinar
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Broadband plays an increasingly important role in economic development and is now considered a critical part of infrastructure. Yet, there remains a digital divide between communities—some with little to no connectivity and others with fast, reliable networks which they have been able to leverage into an economic development asset.

Broadband plays an increasingly important role in economic development and is now considered a critical part of infrastructure. Yet, there remains a digital divide between communities—some with little to no connectivity and others with fast, reliable networks which they have been able to leverage into an economic development asset.

Broadband plays an increasingly important role in economic development and is now considered a critical part of infrastructure. Yet, there remains a digital divide between communities—some with little to no connectivity and others with fast, reliable networks which they have been able to leverage into an economic development asset.

This complimentary webinar is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact that emerging technologies are having on broadband within Ohio’s communities and the various approaches to expanding broadband access. The webinar will update participants on the new efforts in Ohio to support broadband and learn how to assess which approach best accommodates community needs and capabilities.

Examples of locally owned, municipal network models (both commercial and residential), private, and public-private partnership models will be provided by community leaders who have implemented such approaches locally. Considerations for network construction, such as rights-of-way issues and permitting processes, will also be explored.

Regardless of where you fall on the broadband spectrum, this webinar is for you. Ice Miller LLP and the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) have partnered to bring you the latest on all things broadband including:

  • The impact of emerging technologies on broadband,
  • Ways to expand broadband access,
  • How to determine the best approach for your community,
  • Barriers to broadband success such as the digital skills gap and low adoption of broadband technology, and
  • Case studies of how communities of all sizes have been able to make broadband an economic development asset.

Moderators:

Lindsay Miller and Chris Magill of Ice Miller LLP

Guest Speakers:

Jay Bennett, Director, Public Service/ Community Development, City of Zanesville, Ohio
Lindsey Brannon, Head of Finance, Neighborly
David Corrado, CEO, Medina City Fiber Network, Medina, Ohio

ICF Institute Workshop

  • When: Friday, May 10, 2019 | 9 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Dublin Integrated Education Center (DIEC)
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Keynote Speaker – Peter Torellas

Peter Torrellas is the National Business Manager for State and Local Government at Siemens and a Fellow at the Center for Neighborhood Technology leading Smart City initiatives. His current focus is on Smart & Resilient Cities, Smart Buildings, IoT, energy production, energy procurement, energy efficiency, and public private partnerships.

He previously held the position of Chief Technology Officer at Siemens Infrastructure & Cities. His portfolio included logistics, aviation, passenger and freight Rail, ports, and road and city Mobility. Peter has over 20 years of experience in innovation and infrastructure and began his passion for making our cities smarter over a decade ago by successfully designing and delivering over $500M in software, hardware and IT technology for New York City’s infrastructure.

Peter is a nationally recognized thought leader in the design and implementation of new technologies within our built infrastructure and was recently hosted by the United Nations, World Bank Group, United States Conference of Mayors, National Governor’s Association, National Academies of Sciences , and many others to discuss the role of technology in our cities. Peter has been quoted by BBC News, The National League of Cities, CNN Money, Metro Magazine, TechCrunch, The Financial Times, The International City and County Managers Association, and several more.

Smart Government – Ohio University

Government planners often face decisions whose effects will be felt over generations. None are more challenging than anticipating the evolution and adoption of new technologies. In 1998, the worldwide web was just beginning its phenomenal growth, “social media” was a phrase that few had heard, and the iPhone and Facebook were still years away. Yet some communities were beginning to build the infrastructure that would underlie the use of these and related technologies and enable the smart, connected communities that we experience today. How do local governments know that they are making the correct choices in these far-reaching investments? Using two real world cases, one each from business and government, this workshop will put a new spin on two familiar tools – Technology Roadmapping and the Business Model Canvas – that together form a framework to help plan for what comes next.

Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government and is a special adviser to America In Bloom.

A book signing will follow the keynote.