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Wednesday, November 7
12:00 pm - 5:00 pmExhibitor Move In (The Atrium)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmDanville Tour - Local Site Visits (Starting Location: Community Market- 629 Craghead Street, Danville)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pmPre Conference Reception (Location: Community Market) Sponsored by nDanville
Thursday, November 8
7:00 am - 9:30 amExhibitor Move In (The Atrium)
7:00 am - 6:00 pmRegistration Open (The Atrium)
7:30 am - 8:15 amContinental Breakfast (The Atrium)
8:00 am - 8:05 amKick Off Session Introduction
Presenter:
Jim Baller - President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.
8:05 am - 8:10 amWelcome to Danville by Mayor Sherman Saunders
Presenter:
Sherman Saunders - Mayor, Danville, Virginia
8:10 am - 9:30 amConference Kick Off Session Sponsored by G4S Technology

The Danville Story
Danville once had the highest unemployment in the state. Today the city is attracting new jobs and the businesses of tomorrow. Its special history made it the choice as the host city for this conference — the first conference of its kind in the country to focus entirely on the relationship between economic development and broadband networks. Learn how a group of visionary city fathers developed and executed a strategy that has brought prosperity to Danville ­ – and how that strategy can be adapted for your community.

Multi-media Presentation by:
Joe King - City Manager, City of Danville

Q/A with Community Leaders
9:30 am - 6:00 pmExhibit Area Open (The Atrium)
9:30 am - 10:00 amNetworking Refreshment Break (The Atrium)
10:00 am - 10:10 amWelcome Address
Presenter:
Jim Baller - President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.
10:10 am - 11:00 amGuest Speakers/Keynote Presentations:

U.S. Senator Mark Warner Addresses the Danville Conference - Video Briefing

Keynote Presentation: Lessons for Communities Since Building the First FTTH City

Presenter:
James Salter - CEO, Atlantic Engineering Group
11:10 am - 12:00 pmWinning Community Initiatives
Economic development starts at the community level. This session will examine what several communities did to galvanize community support, turn themselves around, and attract or retain new businesses and 21st Century jobs.
Moderator:
Jane Patterson - President, The View Forward - Go Forward

Presenters:
Will Aycock - General Manager, Greenlight, City of Wilson, NC
Colman Keane - Director, Fiber Technology, EPB Chattanooga, TN
Kyle Hollifield - VP Marketing and Business Development, Bristol Virginia Utilities
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmGrill Luncheon - (The Great Hall Alcoves E-F and Outdoor Patio Area) Sponsored by Clearfield, Inc.
1:10 pm - 2:00 pmSuccessful Regional Approaches
Regional approaches to economic development have many virtues, including diversifying community support, pooling of resources, and enabling greater scale and diversity. They can also be much more complex and time consuming. This session will explore what has worked well -- and not so well -- in the Virginia-North Carolina-Tennessee region.
Moderator:
Martin L. Stern - Partner, K&L Gates

Presenters:
Tad Deriso - President and CEO, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative
Jean Plymale - Project Manager, eCorridors Accelerate Virginia, Virginia Tech
Tommy Jacobson - VP, Network Infrastructure Initiatives, Chief Architect, NCREN, MCNC
2:10 pm - 3:00 pmMulti-disciplinary Collaboration to Drive Economic Development
The most successful economic development initiatives involve building broad community support and fostering collaboration among entities of many kinds, including economic development organizations. This session will review several examples.
Moderator:
Joe Starks - Founder and President, ECC Technologies

Presenters:
Mark DeFalco - Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission
Mark Wells - Executive Director, Rockingham County Business and Technology Center
Eric Ogle - Research Associate, Howard H. Baker, Jr., Center for Public Policy
3:00 pm - 3:20 pmNetworking Refreshment Break (The Atrium) Sponsored by Sunset Digital Communications
3:20 pm - 4:10 pmHow Government is Helping Sponsored by Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)
Federal and state agencies have made invaluable contributions to the success of many of the projects in the region. In this session, we will examine what the key agencies have done and can do in the future.
Moderator:
Karen R. Jackson - Deputy Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia

Presenters:
Laura Dodson - Director, BTOP Infrastructure Projects, NTIA
Jessica Zufolo - Deputy Administrator, RUS
Tim Pfohl - Grants Program Director, Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission
4:20 pm - 5:10 pmBenefits and Barriers
Broadband can benefit communities in multiple ways, but they must often overcome legal and other barriers to take advantage of these benefits. This session will focus on some of the key research that is being done in this area and on how communities are coping with barriers to entry. We'll also learn about analytical tools that communities and businesses can use to track broadband's contributions to economic development.
Moderator & Speaker:
Catharine Rice - President, SEATOA

Presenters:
Dr. Franklin Maddux - Executive VP for Clinical & Scientific Affairs & Chief Medical Officer, Fresenius Medical Care, NA
Michael Curri - Founder and CEO, Strategic Networks Group Inc.
5:20 pm - 6:10 pmChoosing the Right Technology
Choosing the right technology is critical to the success of a community broadband project. In this session, we will hear from proponents of a variety of leading technologies.
Moderator:
Masha Zager - Editor, Broaband Communities Magazine

Presenters:
David Russell - Solutions Marketing Director, Calix
Scot Bohaychyk - Market Manager, Clearfield
Guy Swindell - Sales Rep, OFS
6:10 pm - 7:30 pmOpening Night Cocktail Reception (The Atrium)
Friday, November 9
7:00 am - 12:30 pmRegistration Open (The Atrium)
7:30 am - 8:15 amContinental Breakfast (The Atrium)
8:00 am - 12:30 pmExhibit Area Open (The Atrium)
8:30 am - 9:20 amInnovative Financing Methods
Financing community broadband projects is always a major challenge. How have the leading projects met this challenge? This session will review the options.
Moderator:
Steve Ross - Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities Magazine

Presenters:
Dan Gerlach - President, Golden Leaf Foundation
Bill Shelton - Director, Virginia Dept. of Housing and Community Development, DHCD
Chris Mitchell - Director of Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, New Rules Project, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
9:30 am - 10:20 am concurrent sessionBusiness Models: Pros and Cons
The Virginia-North Carolina-Tennessee region is proving that business models of many different kinds can be successful, depending on the circumstances and the community's goals and resources. This session will compare and contrast several business models and review some of the key legal considerations involved.
Moderator:
Jim Baller - President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.

Presenters:
Andrew Cohill - President, Design Nine
Kyle Hollifield - VP Marketing and Business Development, Bristol Virginia Utilities
Mickey Sims - General Manager, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative
Wally Bowen - Founder and Executive Director, MAIN (Mountain Area Information Network)
Dr. Mike Browder - CEO, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
9:30 am - 10:20 am
concurrent session
Special Session on Telemedicine Part 1 (Room 207)
Both the economic and the clinical health of a community improve with telemedicine. Rapid innovation is transforming health care and bringing with it a host of benefits that include reduced costs, universal availability and easy access to expertise among health care providers. More...
Moderator:
Jeff Reiman - Broadband Communities Magazine

Presenters:
John Lawlor - CEO, SwiftMD
Shannon W. Reber - Director, Physician and Patient Services, VCUHS
Carlin Rafie - Affiliate Coordinator, Massey Cancer Center, VCUHS
Michael Sanders - Major Accounts and Business Development, Innovative Solutions Inc.
10:20 am - 10:50 amNetworking Refreshment Break (The Atrium)
10:50 am - 11:40 am concurrent sessionWhat's in it For Employers?
What do employers look for when deciding whether to move to or stay in a community? In this session, we'll hear from several employers that made major commitments to the region. We'll also learn about what US Ignite is doing to develop applications that will create the new jobs of the future.
Moderator:
Joanne Hovis - President, CTC Technology & Energy

Presenters:
Keith Montgomery - Senior Program Director for Broadband, ICF
Dr. H. Gilbert Miller - Vice President, CTO, Noblis
William Wallace - Project Director, US Ignite
Jonathan Hall - Manager of Network Engineering, Alpha Natural Resources
10:50 am - 11:40 am
concurrent session
Special Session on Telemedicine Part 2 (Room 207)
Both the economic and the clinical health of a community improve with telemedicine. Rapid innovation is transforming health care and bringing with it a host of benefits that include reduced costs, universal availability and easy access to expertise among health care providers. More...
Moderator:
Jeff Reiman - Broadband Communities Magazine

Presenters:
John Lawlor - CEO, SwiftMD
Shannon W. Reber - Director, Physician and Patient Services, VCUHS
Carlin Rafie - Affiliate Coordinator, Massey Cancer Center, VCUHS
Michael Sanders - Major Accounts and Business Development, Innovative Solutions Inc.
11:50 am - 12:40 pmConference Wrap Up Session
In this Town Hall session, we will summarize the major lessons learned from the conference, and participants will have the opportunity to ask further questions, offer comments, and discuss topics of common interest that would benefit from further communication and collaboration.
Moderator:
Jim Baller - President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmExhibitor Move Out (The Atrium)
12:50 pm - 1:50 pmLuncheon: Action Steps for Community Leaders (Room 206 - Open to All) Moderator: Andrew Cohill - President, Design Nine
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm



FREE
WORKSHOP #1
Hands-On Financial Modeling Workshop (Room 203)
Building a fiber-to-the-home network? Considering one? This FREE in-depth 2-hour workshop for network builders’ CFOs, consultants, private cable operators, CLECs, ILECs, and public officials will describe the Broadband Communities FTTH financial modeling tools (you can download them at www.FTTHanalyzer.com, on the Broadband Communities website) with workshop participants’ particular needs in mind. Tools include financial models for revenue, cash flow, rural and other networks, and MDU builds. After describing the tools, Steve Ross will devote most of the workshop to helping participants customize them for their specific needs. Participants will come away with working financial models and greater insight into the tools themselves. Recommended: If you wish to participate, and you have not been attending our Tools webinars, go to www.FTTHanalyzer.com, download the tools and webinar PDFs, and listen to the webinars themselves... and tell Steve of your needs ahead of time.
Presenter:
Steve Ross - Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities Magazine
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm







FREE
WORKSHOP #2
Projecting the Pay-Off From Broadband Investments (Room 207)
What impact does an advanced Broadband Network have on regional economic development? As jobs and industries are increasingly forced to compete in the digital economy, how can elected officials, businesses, civic organizations and individuals be certain today's networks will meet the increasing needs for greater speed, better reliability and improved ease of use? Can my community serve as an "agent for change" to make certain networks meet our needs, not just the needs of my phone or cable company? Economic development officers, elected officials and community stakeholders who want to learn how a broadband investment can pay off should attend this FREE in-depth two-hour workshop.
Topics covered include:
  • Why "build it and they will come" does not work
  • Making better broadband decisions to ensure broadband is relevant to businesses and organizations for their increased productivity and competitiveness
  • Participants will learn how to personalize the ROI of a better broadband network for each community stakeholder.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET – BROADBAND IS NOT JUST A BASIC UTILITY, BUT A TRUE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL.
DON'T MISS THIS IMPORTANT WORKSHOP
Moderator:
Michael Curri - Founder and CEO, Strategic Networks Group Inc.

Presenters:
Bruce Abraham - CEO/President, North Georgia Network
Doug Adams - Director Marketing & Communications, Strategic Networks Group Inc.
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