Agenda

 

Forum Agenda

Welcome | 8:30 a.m. 

Speakers:

  • Leslie Boney | Director, Institute for Emerging Issues Read Bio
  • Randy Woodson, Ph.D. | Chancellor, NC State University Read Bio
  • Maurice Smith | CEO, Local Government Federal Credit Union Read Bio

 

Broadband Story Slam | 8:55 a.m. 

We will open with true stories about how the Internet—or lack of access to the Internet—has affected people in North Carolina in each of these areas: education, agriculture, health, and small business.

Emcee:

  • Anita Rao | Managing Editor, WUNC’s The State of Things Read Bio

Speakers:

  • John Mark Lavigne | Farm Manager, JC Howard Farms Read Bio
  • Sharon Mervin | Outreach Programming Coordinator, Neuse Regional Library Read Bio
  • Tom Robinson | Executive Vice President, ERD LTD, Inc. Read Bio
  • Kim Schwartz | CEO, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center Read Bio

 

Data Behind the Stories | 9:30 a.m.

Access to and adoption of high speed internet is an economic development imperative. This presentation will walk through the challenges of broadband access and adoption in North Carolina and how our state compares nationally.

Speaker:

  • Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D. | Assistant Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development Read Bio

 

Networking Break | 10:00 a.m.

 

Future of Technology – What Should We Be Prepared For? | 10:20 a.m.

Technology is changing rapidly and has real implications for all North Carolinians. This keynote will highlight emerging trends in internet-based technologies and what North Carolina communities need to be prepared for.

Speaker:

  • Larry Irving | President and CEO, the Irving Group Read Bio

Introduced by:

  • Marc Hoit, Ph.D. | Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, North Carolina State University Read Bio

 

The Future of Community Planning: How Tech Will Bridge the Gap Between Urban and Rural | 10:50 a.m.

This presentation will help the audience dream of a future with universal access to high speed internet. How will this create opportunities for our state and our communities? What do we want our future to look like 30 years from now?

Speaker:

  • Zachary Mannheimer | Principal Community Placemaker, Alchemy Community Transformations Read Bio

 

Digital Inclusion as Key to Our Future | 11:20 a.m.

To get to the future we are envisioning, communities across the state will need to focus on creating plans and strategies around digital inclusion. Digital inclusion is essential to ensuring that North Carolinians can afford the technologies and know how to take full advantage of them. This presentation will provide an overview of Digital Inclusion and highlight national and statewide best practices.

Speaker:

  • Angela Siefer | Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance Read Bio

Panelists:

  • Gregory Clinton | Director of Information Technology & Facilities, North Carolina Central University School of Law Read Bio
  • Joshua Edmonds | Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit Read Bio
  • Amber Westall Briggs | Regional Director, Avery-Mitchell-Yancey County (AMY) Regional Library System Read Bio

 

Community Innovators | 12:00 p.m.

As part of the ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity, the Institute for Emerging Issues chose five communities to tell their story regarding how they are actively working to best leverage high speed broadband for economic growth and community improvement.

  • Digital Durham: Started in 2016, Digital Durham’s vision is to see everyone equally engaged in a digital world, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.
  • Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance: The Charlotte Digital Inclusion Alliance (CDIA) is a multi-institutional organization that aims to reduce the digital divide in Mecklenburg County.

Lunch | 12:15 p.m.

Governor’s Video Address | 1:15 p.m. 

Speaker:

  • Eric Boyette | Secretary & State Chief Information Officer, NC Department of Information Technology Read Bio

 

Community Innovators | 1:30 p.m.

As part of the ReCONNECT to Technological Opportunity, the Institute for Emerging Issues chose five communities to tell their story regarding how they are actively working to best leverage high speed broadband for economic growth and community improvement.

  • City of Wilson and RIoT: The City of Wilson and RIoT are combining efforts to make a greater impact in Eastern North Carolina. Building on Wilson’s community broadband service, Greenlight, the city is working to open the Gig East Exchange.
  • Land of Sky Regional Council: Using an “Internet for All” mindset, the WestNGN effort is focused on addressing the digital divide in communities by implementing community plans to increase the deployment of high speed broadband.
  • Wilkes Community College: Partners across the region have come together to invest in an innovative platform and promotion campaign which will combine resources, connections and stories, the soon-to-be launched startup Northwest NC.

 

Breakouts | 2:15 p.m.

These breakouts are working sessions and will include interactive activities to learn and engage with other participants.

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources: Explore how communities are utilizing broadband to innovate the agriculture field. Participants will leave with tangible ways in which NC farms and communities are increasing access to high speed internet and creating opportunities in agriculture.

    • Moderator: Rich Bonanno, Ph.D. | Associate Dean, NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director, NC State Extension Read Bio
    • Panelists: Angie Bailey | Assistant Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office Read Bio
    • Bill Danker | Principal Industry Consultant, AgTech, SAS US Commercial and Public Sector Read Bio
    • Rep. Jimmy Dixon | NC House District 4, Duplin and Onslow Counties Read Bio
    • John Mark Lavigne | Farm Manager, JC Howard Farms Read Bio
    • Kaleb Rathbone | Research Stations Division Director, NC Department of Agriculture & NC State University Read Bio

 

  • Health: Explore how communities are utilizing broadband to innovate the telehealth field. Participants will leave with tangible ways in which health access and quality can be achieved to better serve NC communities.
    • Moderator: Danika Tynes, Ph.D. | Senior Research Associate, Georgia Tech Research Institute Read Bio
    • Panelists: Kim Schwartz | CEO, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) Read Bio
    • Kristin Byrd | Senior Account Director, PCG Public Partnerships, LLC Read Bio
    • Sen. Jay Chaudhuri | North Carolina Senate District 15, Wake County Read Bio

 

  • Education: Explore how communities are utilizing broadband to improve education opportunities, specifically when addressing the homework gap and adult education. Participants will leave with tangible ways in which schools, districts, and/or communities are increasing access and creating opportunities for students of all ages across NC.
    • Moderator: Mebane Rash | CEO, EducationNC Read Bio
    • Panelists: Robert Taylor, Ed.D. | Superintendent, Bladen County Schools Read Bio
    • LaTricia Townsend, Ed.D. | Director of Evaluation Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation Read Bio
    • Rep. Jeffrey Elmore | House of Representatives District 94, Alexander and Wilkes Counties Read Bio
    • Michael Wingler | Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Wilkes Community College Read Bio

 

  • Main Street: This session will focus on how small businesses (and freelancers) can be prepared for technology shifts that require high-speed internet. The panel will discuss trends, innovations and community solutions in the field.
    • Moderator: Sarah Glova, Ph.D. | Director of Communications & Growth, RIoT Read Bio
    • Panelists: Margaret McNab | Founder, Freelance League of NC Read Bio
    • Reggie Winston | CEO, The Bar Ber Shop Enterprise, Inc. Read Bio
    • Rich Price | Director of Economic Development, Jackson County Read Bio
    • Rep. Dean Arp | House of Representatives District 69, Union County Read Bio

 

  • Building your Digital Inclusion Plan: Participants will begin to develop a digital inclusion plan to implement in their communities. We encourage community teams to attend this workshop together, but welcome individual participants as well.
    • Facilitators: Jeff Sural | Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office Read Bio
    • Amy Huffman | Digital Inclusion and Policy Manager, Broadband Infrastructure Office Read Bio

 

Closing | 4:15 p.m.

Speakers:

  • Leslie Boney | Director, Institute for Emerging Issues Read Bio
  • Poetry Fox Read Bio