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Financing for Next-Generation Broadband

September 17, 2015 @ 12:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Lunch, Welcome, and Keynote Address


Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Lexington: The Next Gigabit City
How we’re making it happen.

Mayor Jim Gray, City of Lexington, KY

Aldona Valicenti, CIO, City of Lexington, KY

The Kentucky Wired Story
Find out why Kentucky broke from the crowd and teamed with private partners for its statewide fiber network. Don’t miss the KentuckyWired team, led by Secretary Lori Flanery, as they bring you up to date on this ground-breaking project. And bring all your questions. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Secretary Lori Flanery, Office of the Secretary, Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet

Nicholas Hann, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital/Macquarie Group Ltd.

Mike Hayden, Executive Director, Kentucky State Government, Kentucky Emerging Technology

Steve Rucker, Deputy Secretary, Kentucky State Government, Kentucky Emerging Technology

Mike Lee, COO, First Solutions

Achieving The Last Mile
Building “last mile” broadband infrastructure makes fast internet speeds accessible for communities. In this exciting panel, learn more about financing last mile infrastructure, the barriers and solutions different communities have discovered when building the last mile.

Mark Erickson – EDA Director, City of Winthrop, MN

Deborah Feinen – Mayor, City of Champaign, IL

Christopher Mitchell – Director of Telecommunications Commons Initiative, New Rules Project, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Aldona Valicenti – CIO, City of Lexington, KY

Dr. Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD

Jody Wigington – General Manager, CEO, Morristown Utility Systems

Broadband Financing: Exploring Options and Approaches
Building broadband infrastructure can seem prohibitively expensive for communities to afford on their own. This panel will discuss a variety of options that communities can pursue, including public/private partnerships, and the benefits and drawbacks to each model.

Tom Coverick, Managing Director, Public Finance, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Lev Gonick, CEO, OneCommunity

Nicholas Hann, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital/Macquarie Group Ltd.

Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy

Joel Mulder, Vice President of Sales, ex2 Technology

Scott Shapiro, Senior Advisor, Lexington, KY

Networking Break
Broadband Financing: Federal Support
Are you curious what options exist for federal and state support for local broadband initiatives? Find out what programs have been developed and if they might be right for your state and community in this useful panel.

Mark DeFalco, Telecommunications Initiative Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission

Andrew Garfinkel, Federal Grant Management Expert, Keller McIntyre & Associates

Kenneth Kuchno, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Outreach, USDA Rural Utilities Services

Hilda Legg, Former RUS Administrator, Vice Chair, Broadband Communities

Closing Remarks

Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities

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September 17, 2015
12:15 pm - 6:00 pm


Lexington Economic Development
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