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Jim Baller


President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, PC

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How Enlightened Leadership Revitalized A Region Using Advanced Communications

Decisions led to sophisticated networks with a rich variety of technologies, business models and funding echanisms

The conference offers valuable lessons and contacts for communities and regions across the country

Just a decade ago, the simultaneous decline of tobacco, textiles, coal, and agriculture confronted much of the South, especially its rural areas, with an immense challenge. Among the hardest hit regions was the one encompassing southern Virginia, northeastern Tennessee, and northwestern North Carolina, whose economy had for many decades depended heavily on these industries. With no upturn in these old industries in sight, enlightened leaders across the region developed forward-looking strategies: Most notably, they decided to make affordable access to advanced communications networks the focal point of their efforts to revitalize their communities and the region as a whole.

Their actions over the past decade have led to the development of sophisticated communications networks in several of the region’s communities — networks that were established using a rich variety of technologies, business models, and funding mechanisms. As a result, the region today has an important story to share about its tremendous progress in attracting or retaining businesses and creating thousands of 21st Century jobs, many paying much higher wages than existing local averages.

In the first program of our new economic development series, we will provide attendees a wealth of information about the relationship between economic development and broadband. Attendees will understand the steps that the leading communities in the Virginia-Tennessee-North Carolina region have taken to turn themselves around. They will learn what worked and didn’t work for the various communities, and what lies ahead. We will analyze the experiences of our host community, Danville, Va.; and those of Bristol, Va.; Bristol, Tenn.; Martinsville, Va.; Wilson, NC, and other community initiatives. We will also examine the important contributions of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, MBC, MCNC, Virginia Tech and other institutions of higher learning, various federal agencies, and the key federal, state, and local elected officials.

The program will benefit communities throughout the Virginia-Tennessee-North Carolina region, and will also provide valuable lessons and contacts for similarly situated communities and regions across America. We urge you to join us in Danville on November 8-9, 2012, or to tune in to BroadbandUS.TV’s live video coverage of the event.

Danville Newsroom

Registrants for the
Danville Conference Include..

Deputy Director, Telecommunications Equality Project - New York, NY

Telecommunications Engineer - University at Buffalo, NY

Economic Development Manager - Sandy, OR

Commissioner - Rockingham County, NC

State Broadband Initiative Manager - Univ. of NH

Executive Director - South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Hazelcrest, IL

Director, Information Systems - Town of Jupiter/Municipality, Jupiter, Florida

Program Officer - Reidsville Area Foundation, NC

Director of Technology - City of Hagerstown, MD

Sr. Associate, Infrastructure Program - National League of Cities, Washington, DC

Regional Development Institute - Northern Illinois University, Naperville, IL

Project Administrator - Region II Planning & Development Council, WV

Town Manager - Town of Halifax, VA

Mayor - City of Danville

Director, Dept. of Housing and Communitity Development - Richmond

Deputy Administrator, RUS - Washington, DC

Exec. Director, New Hampshire FastRoads - Keene, NC

Grants Program Director - Richmond

Corporate VP, CTO, Noblis - Falls Church, VA

Director, BTOP Infrastructure Projects, NTIA - Washington, DC

Founder and Executive Director, MAIN - Ashville, NC

County Commissioner - Stuart, FL

Director of Information Technology - Rocky Mount, WV

Acting Director of IT - Roanoke County, VA

Director of IT - Pittsylvania County, Chatham, VA

Program Manager - Dept of Housing and Community Dev., Richmond, VA

Asst. Town Manager - Town of Abingdon, VA

Economic Development Chairman - Chamber of Commerce, Alta Vista, VA

Assistant County Administrator - Pittsylvania County, Chatham, VA

Director of IT - PATHS, Danville, VA

County Attorney - Powhatan County, VA

Regional Planner - Commonwealth Regional Council, VA

Director, Information Technology - City of Lynchburg, VA

Senior Program Officer - Danville Regional Foundation, VA

IT Systems Specialist - County of Greensville, VA

Director, NC Broadband - NC Department of Commerce

SEATOA President - Alexandria, VA

Project Manager - eCorridors Accelerate Virginia, Virginia Tech

President - Alta Vista Area Chamber of Commerce, Alta Vista, VA

Director of Public Safety & Technology - Tazewell County, VA

Director, The Wired Road Authority - Galax, VA

Executive Director - Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

Director of Information Technology - Abingdon, VA

Executive Director - PANGAEA Internet, NC

Director of Technology - Town of Blacksburg

Tech Services Supervisor - City of Danville

Board of Supervisors - County of Washington, VA

Director of Information Services - Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission

Network Analyst - City of Danville

Director - Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition

President - The View Forward - Go Forward

Executive Director - Rockingham County Business & Technology Center, VA

Rockingham County Manager - Rockingham County Government, NC

Economic Development Manager - City of Roanoke, VA, Dept. of Economic Development

IT Director - City of Danville

City Manager - City of Danville, Virginia

President & CEO - FML & Goochland County EDA, Goochland, VA

Program Manager - Oklahoma Community Anchor Network, Oklahoma City

Chief, ITG - SEDA-Council of Governments, Lewisburg, PA

Director of IT/CIO - County of Frederick, VA

Director of IT - Pulaski County, VA

Manager-PMO - Chesterfield County, VA

Program Manager - Raleigh, NC

Communications Manager, eCorridors - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Senior Network Engineer - City of Roanake, VA

Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission - Washington, DC

Research Faculty - Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

General Counsel - Virginia Municipal League, Richmond

Regional Planner, Commonwealth Regional Council - Farmville, VA

Dir. Mtg. and Tech Services - Danville Community College

President - Golden LEAF Foundation, Rocky Mount, NC

Economic Development Director - Person County, Roxboro, NC

Broadband Network Manager - Danville Utilities

Graduate Assistant - Virginia-Tech -- Office of the Sr. Fellow for Resource, Blacksburg

Information Technology Director - Person County Government, Roxboro, NC

Director and Research Scientist - Virginia Tech Center for Geospatial Information, Blacksburg

Assistant County Administrator - Appomattox County, VA

Program Assistant - Center for Innovative Technology, VA

Broadband Program Manager - Center for Innovative Technology, VA

Policy Manager - VA Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Richmond, VA

State GIS Coordinator - Virginia Information Technologies Agency, Chester, VA

Economic Development Advisor - City of Danville

Danville Accolades

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