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Program Chair
James Baller
Baller Herbst Law Group
Leader, Seminar For Planners
Kathleen McMahon
American Planning Association – Tech Division
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Director of Network Development – MPS Foundation, Middletown, CT

Senior Project Manager
– City of Springfield, MA

Committee Member
– Alford Broadband Committee, Great Barrington, MA

– NBT Solutions, Portland, ME

Deputy Director
– City of Springfield, MA

Project Director
– University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Town Planner/Economic Development Director – Town of Palmer, MA

– Department Economic and Community Development, Hartford, CT

– Neville Architecture, Newport, RI

Broadband Outreach Director
– NYS Broadband Program Office, Albany, NY

Headed Technician
– SELCO/Shrewsbury Electric & Cable Operations (MA)

Research Assistant
– Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Network Manager
– DC-Net, DC GOV

– Vermont Public Radio

Chief Analyst and Editor
– Information Gatekeepers, Inc., Brighton, MA

Network Administrator
– Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Deputy CTO – Office of the Chief Technology Officer, DC NET

Town Administrator
– Town of Buckland, Shelburne Falls, MA

Director of IT
– Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA

Policy & Regulatory Advisor
– Office of the Chief Technology Officer, DC Net

City Engineer
– City of Cambridge, MA

Technology Specialist
– Massachusetts Library System, Whately, MA

Technical Director
– Hadley, MA Public Schools

VP Operations
– Strategic Networks Group, Inc., London, ON, Canada

Municipal Lighting Plant Manager
– WiredWest, Leyden, MA

General Manager Technology Funding –
DASNY/Dormitory Authority State of New York

Vice President
– Matrix Design Group, East Hanover, NJ

– HealthConnect Networks, Bangor, ME

Board Chairman
– ValleyNet/ECFiber, Jericho Center, VT

Board Member
– ValleyNet/ECFiber, Jericho Center, VT

– Millennium Communications Group, Inc., East Hanover, NJ

Sr. Program Analyst
– DASNY/Dormitory Authority State of New York

– Emphasis Consulting Group, Western, MA

– Sertex LLC

Executive Committee – WiredWest, Northampton, MA

– Axiom Technologies, Machias, ME

Deputy Mayor
– Town of West Hartford, CT

Technology Committee
– City of Ashfield, MA

– WiredWest, Worthington, MA

GIS Technician/Planner
– Southwest Region Planning Commission, Keene, NH

– Cardozo School of Law, Enfield, CT

Legal/Governance Chair
– WiredWest, Northhampton, MA

VP, External Relations
– Affiniti, Washington, DC

– WiredWest, Worthington, MA

Regional Director Government Affairs
– Verizon, Marlborough, MA

Delegate Alternate, Board Member
– WiredWest, Leyden, ME

Telecom Program Management
– Henkels & McCoy, Inc., Parker, CO

Town Manager
– Town of West Hartford, CT

– WiValley Inc., Keene, NH

Marketing Communication
– Princeton, MA Broadband Committee

Proprietor – Law Office of Jeff Piemont, Pittsfield, MA

– WiredWest, Town of Charlemont, MA

Senior Advisor
– University of Massachusetts

Technology Director
– Town of Middletown, Rhode Island

Board Member
– WiredWest, Southfield, MA

– WiredWest, Hawley, MA

– Fiberspark, Ithaca, NY

– Northern Enterprises, Craftsbury Common, VT

Fiber Engineering
– Westfield Gas & Electric, Westfield, MA

– University of New Hampshire

MLP Manager
– Town of Chesterfield, MA

Information Technology Manager – City of Westfield, MA

Chair of Broadband Committee
– Town of New Salem, MA

Project Manager
– Mid-Atlantic Broadband, South Boston, VA

– WiredWest, Cummington, MA

Town Administrator
– Shutesbury/WiredWest (MA)

Operations Manager
– Warwick Broadband Service (MA)

Administrative Coordinator
– Warwick Broadband Service (MA)

– WiredWest, Otis, MA

Consulting Assistant
– GVNW Consulting, Inc., Kerrville, TX

MLP Manager – Town of Ashfield, Shelburne Falls, MA

Sales Manager
– WKW Associates, Reading, MA

Conway Broadband Chair
– WiredWest (MA)

– Town of Ashfield, Shelburne Falls, MA

Broadband Program Director – Rhode Island Office of Digital Excellence

– City of Vallejo, CA

– New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, Inc. , Braintree, MA

Area Director
– Cablevision, Norwalk, CT

– Applied Communications, Whitefish, MT

– FTTx Solutions, LLC, Bedford, NH

SVP of Sales & Marketing
– FirstLight Fiber, Nashua, NH

– Comm-Tract Corp., Boxborough, MA

Of Counsel
– Lukas Nace Gutierrez & Sachs LLP, McLean, VA

Major Account Executive
– Windstream, Boston, MA

Telecom Engineering Consultant
– HEADNetworks, Manchester, NH

Planner – Town of Shutesbury (MA)

– ECFiber, Norwich, VT

Managing Partner – Communications Media Advisors, Boston, MA

Technology Coordinator
– Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (MA)

CEO – GWI, Biddeford, ME

Chair – WiredWest, Northampton, MA

Director of Technology & Business Services – The Center for Rural Development, Somerset, KY

Telecom infrastructure Specialist
– Vermont Department of Public Service

Professor – Northeastern University

Board Member – Ashfield Select Board, Shelburne, Falls, MA

Principal – Casco Bay Advisors, LLC, North Yarmouth, ME

CEO – EORN- Eastern Ontario Regional Network

President – OpenCape Corp, Barnstable, MA

Principal – Penguin Environmental Design, Hamden CT

Senior Economic Development Planner - Franklin Regional Council of Governments (MA)

Communication & Stakeholder Relations Officer - Eastern Ontario Regional Network, Belleville, ON

Commissioner - Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Augusta, ME

President - AccessPLus Communications, Inc.

President and CEO - Community WISP, Inc.

Program Director - ConnectME Authority

Owner - Danais Properties, Nottingham, NH

Deputy Commissioner - Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Augusta, ME

Manager - South Hadley (MA) Electric Light Dept.

Director of Broadband Technology - Division of Economic Development – DRED, Concord, NH

Project Co-Lead - Eastern Ontario Regional Network, Belleville, ON

Director - Elizabeth City-Pasquotank (NJ) County Economic Development Commission

Executive Director - Franklin Regional Council of Governments (MA)

Senior Network Engineer - The Windy River Group, Ltd

Vice President - Maryland Broadband Cooperative President and CEO - Tucows Inc.

President and CEO - Natural Capital Resources Inc.

Broadband Policy & Programs Coordinator - Office of Consumer Counsel, New Britain, CT

Adviser - South Hadley (MA) Electric Light Dept.

Consumer Counsel - State of CT, Office of Consumer Counsel

President - The Windy River Group, Ltd

Select Board & MLP - Town of Leverett, MA

Selectman - Town of Montgomery, MA

Director OpenSRS - Tucows Inc.

State Broadband Initiative Manager - University of New Hampshire

Vermont Digital Economy Project Director - Vermont Council on Rural Development

Graduate Assistant - Virginia Tech

Business Manager - WesternMA Connect

President & CEO – OSHEAN, Ocean State Higher Ed Econ Dev & Admin Network – RI

Senator Beth Bye – Connecticut General Assembly

Executive Director - New Hampshire FastRoads

CEO - OpenCape Corporation (MA)

Program Director - ConnectME Authority

CEO – OneCommunity (OH)

IT Director - Town of Wilbraham, MA

CIO Spaulding Rehab Hospital - OpenCape Corporation (MA)

IT Infrastructure Manager - City of Greenville, NC

Business Development - Pinpoint Services, Inc., Papillion, NE

CTO - netBlazr Inc. (MA)

Managing Director - South Central Alabama Broadband Commission

GIS - City of Greenville, NC

Executive Director – WiredWest (MA)

Executive Director - Community Media Center, Westminster, MD

Chief Executive Officer - NDDI / Plan the Network , Somerset, NJ

CEO - New Commons, Pawtucket, RI

Executive Director - Focus Springfield (MA)

Director Enterprise Solutions – CapeNet, Marstons Mills, MA

IT Coordinator - Community Media Center, Westminster, MD

Designer - Cogs, Inc., Williamstown, MA

Principal Strategist, Technology Policy – Microsoft

Director - Gigabit Libraries Network, Austin, TX

Economic Developer - City of Highland, IL

President - CTC Technology & Energy, Kensington, MD

Executive Director – Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (MA)

Economic Development Project Manager – City of Opelika Economic Development (AL)

CEO- EC Fiber (VT)

Business Development – Green Mountain Communications, Inc. (NH)

Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society – Harvard Law School

Director Public Relations - Pioneer Broadband (ME)

Director, NYS Broadband Program Office – New York State Department of Economic Development

CIO/IT Manager – Norwich Public Utilities (CT)

Controller – Tidewater Telecom, Inc. (ME)

Strategic Outreach Manager – NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

Special Counsel for External Affairs – Federal Communications Commission

Chief Network Engineer – Holyoke Gas & Electric (MA)

Director of Technology and Support Services – City of Hagerstown, MD

Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning – Federal Communications Commission

Executive Director – Next Century Cities (DC)

Chief Information Officer & Director – Howard County Government (MD)

Executive Director – Next Century Cities (DC)

Chief Information Officer & Director – Howard County Government (MD)

Carrier Sales Manager – Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. (NY)

Supervising Engineer – TMLP, Taunton, MA

Network Systems Administrator – City of Hudson, OH

President & CEO – Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc.

Member of the Board – Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics (Brazil)

Chief Operations & Support Officer – MonadCloud, LLC, Rindge, NH

ISG Engineer – TMLP, Taunton, MA

Pre Sales Engineer – Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. (NY)

Senior Consultant – Tilson (ME)

Director – Connecticut Education Network

Town Manager – Block Island, RI

Administrative Analyst – City of Vallejo, CA

IT Consultant – Block Island, RI

Program Manager – SHLB Coalition (DC)

Executive Director – Northhampton Community Television (MA)

Director, Community Broadband Networks Program – Institute for Local Self-Reliance

COO – OneCommunity, Cleveland, OH

Senior Vice President – Macquarie Capital, Canada

Principal – Extensionet LLC, Manlius, NY

Senior Managing Director – Macquarie Capital, Canada

State Relations Manager – Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Executive Director
– Connect Michigan

President – SiFi Networks, Morristown, NJ

Principal – InSite Solutions (GA)

Director of Member Services
– Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

CEO – Dellicker Strategies, Kutztown,PA

Sales Manager – Concord Communications (NH)

Commissioner – Department of Telecommunications & Cable, Washington, DC

Principal Analyst – ACG Research (MA)

Director of Competition – Department of Telecommunications & Cable, Washington, DC

Principal – Rare Comet LLC, Sunriver, OR

Analyst – Department of Telecommunications & Cable, Washington, DC

Chairperson – Shutesbury Broadband Committee (MA)

Regional Sales Manager – Goldfield Telecom, Berwick, ME

Owner/Principal – NBT Solutions LLC, Buffalo, NY

Land Use Planner – Franklin Regional Council of Governments (MA)

Broadband Committee Member – Shutesbury, MA

Vice President – Maine Fiber Company

Data Security Administrator – Shutesbury, MA

President – Sunstone Business Finance, Lake Oswego, OR

Software Engineer – Shutesbury Broadband Committee (MA)

Sr. Director, Government Relations – Comcast

Executive Director – Vermont Telecommunications Authority

Controller – Peninsula Fiber Networks, Marquette, MI

Associate Executive Director – ConnectME Authority, State of Maine

Marketing Director, Telecommunications
– Henkels & McCoy, Inc., Blue Bell, PA

General Manager – Peninsula Fiber Networks, Marquette, MI

President – Integral Solutions Group, Spartanburg, SC

Network Project Manager
– Axia NGNetworks USA, Boston, MA

VP, Business Development – Integral Solutions Group, Spartanburg, SC

VP, Integration – Integral Solutions Group, Spartanburg, SC

Executive Director – Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (MA)


Two Special Events For Professional Planners
Co-Hosted by the American Planning Association Technology Division

Tuesday, September 16:
One-Day Seminar on Broadband For Planners
Registration: $95
Limited time offer:
Register for the Tuesday planning seminar and attend the whole conference for free.

Click to see full-day seminar agenda

Wednesday, September 17:
Breakfast Roundtable On Smart Cities
For planners and all conference attendees

6 Free Workshops:
Tuesday, September 16:
Open to all registered attendees
Each workshop has a value of $1,500
Click to see workshop schedule

Topics and Themes Include

DEVELOPING broadband strategies for the
knowledge economy

WORKING with economic development agencies

DEVISING innovative financing methods

DEPLOYING broadband to help foster
vibrant communities

OBTAINING government incentives and support

BUILDING advanced broadband systems

SHAPING regional strategies and solutions

DIFFERENTIATING your community with advanced broadband

COMPETING and cooperating in a high-bandwidth world

CREATING jobs and attracting businesses with broadband networks

Following up on our highly successful conferences in Danville, Virginia, and Chicago, Illinois, we will hold our next conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, from September 15-18, 2014. The conference will focus on the 12-state Northeast Region, including Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This region is extraordinarily rich in experience, talent, and representative projects. Read more.

Why Springfield, MA?

Attendees from the region and around the country will benefit from the extensive experience of projects in the area, including . . .

MassBroadband 123 – A Robust, Regional Fiber Backbone
Aimed at creating growth and economic opportunity in every corner of the Commonwealth, this new fiber optic network will bring high-speed access directly to 1,200 key facilities ... Read More

5 College Fiber Optic Network – Serving Bandwidth Intensive Customers
Five College Net and its partner G4S Technology offer dark fiber to businesses and organizations in western Massachusetts. Customers with a need for intensive bandwidth can connect ... Read More

Leverettnet: Small Town Seizes Control of Its Broadband Destiny
Leverett, a town about 30 miles north of Springfield with fewer than 2,000 people, was underserved with broadband and took matters into its own hands. Citizens voted to fund ... Read More

The ION Upstate New York Rural Broadband Initiative:
This middle mile infrastructure project will serve more than 70 rural communities in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Its 1,308-mile fiber network will offer speeds of one to 10 Gbps ... Read More

Hometown Utilicom – A Fiber-to-the-Home Pioneer
Kutztown, a small community near Reading, Pa., deployed its FTTH network as early as 2002. As if to prove that no good deed goes unpunished, its efforts led to legislation that made ... Read More

Axcess Ontario – Dark Fiber Lights Way To Economic Development
Ontario County, NY, put itself on the fast track to greater economic development with its open-access, dark-fiber infrastructure. Axcess Ontario, the non-profit that manages the 200-plus-mile fiber ... Read More

Connecticut: The Nutmeg Network – Helping Municipalities Get Fiber
The Connecticut Department of Administrative Services and the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) are responsible for this statewide, fiber optic infrastructure ... Read More

OpenCape Network – Creating Opportunities In SE Mass and Cape Cod
Already creating jobs via the hiring of local workers with skills in fiber optic installation, the new network is expected to generate tremendous growth in jobs and economic development ... Read More

New Hampshire FastRoads – FTTP to CAI’s and Homes in 19 Towns
FastRoads’ goal is to ensure that the region’s businesses, institutions and residents have a broadband infrastructure that supports jobs and sustainable economic development ... Read More

NHOS – New Hampshire Optical Systems, Inc. – Enabling Growth
“By building this network,” states the NHOS mission statement, “we enable economic growth and long-term sustainability.” NHOS was awarded the contract to design ... Read More

Three Ring Binder in Maine – Open Access 1,100-Mile Network
The Three Ring Binder project proposes to create an open access fiber-optic network linking the unserved and underserved areas of the state together with a modern communications network ... Read More

EC Fiber – 24 Towns in East-Central Vermont
ECFiber is a community-owned, subscriber-funded group of 24 towns building a Fiber-to-the-Home network providing ultra-high-speed Internet services and telephone to residents ... Read More

Vermont’s Sovernet ­– Fiber Network To 340 Anchor Institutions
Sovernet is in the final stages of constructing a 900-mile fiber optic network in Vermont. Funded through the federal BTOP program, and the State of Vermont, it will provide fiber-based ... Read More

VTel – Vermont Telephone Company – Gigabit to Rural Subscribers

VTel operates one of the most rural telephone networks in America – and offered DSL speeds up to 24 Mbps. Now it is extending GigE gigabit Internet over active fiber to every ... Read More

The Economic Impact of Advanced Broadband Networks

BROADBAND STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITIES: The only conference series of its kind in the country, the event is devoted entirely to the relationship between a community’s economic vitality and its access to advanced broadband networks. For public officials at the local, state, county and federal level; economic development professionals; educators; investors; business leaders; broadband activists; county managers and administrators; county commissioners and supervisors; county IT directors; public safety directors; county attorneys; school officials; mayors; Positive feedback from the first two conferences has been extraordinary, with attendance doubling from the first to the second event.

Getting to Springfield

An easy drive from major airports in the Northeast; 20 minutes from Bradley International Airport; 90 Minutes from Logan International Airport in Boston, or from Albany; 2 Hours from LaGuardia in NYC.

Driving? The roads are great and distances short; 5 hour drive from Montreal, 4 from Philadelphia, 6 from DC.

Local Attractions
Great family opportunity. Aside from magnificent scenery and historic Boston and Salem less than 2 hours away, you won‘t want to miss such local Springfield attractions as The Big E – the giant Eastern States Exposition Sept 12-28., Basketball Hall of Fame,, and Six Flags New England – family fun at the region’s largest theme park, just 15 minutes away in Agawam (most rides still open in September, weekend operation).

A Must-Attend Event

Explore best practices for developing fiber-based broadband strategies for the knowledge economy.

Learn the strategies necessary to foster collaboration with economic development agencies.

Discover how your community can become a magnet for the tech industry.

See what people said about our past conferences of the series:
Danville, Virginia
& Tinley Park, Illinois

"Thanks for putting this conference on! For me, it highlighted how fiber can be a game changer like it was for Danville. I obtained a good overview and came away with more knowledge than I came with."

Patty Eller - President, Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce

"I thought the conference was excellent. It was well organized and kept to the schedule. I learned a lot, made some helpful and important acquaintances, and enjoyed the sessions."

Dave Corn - Senior Telecommunications Consultant, ECC Technologies

"Your inaugural Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference in Danville, Va., was great. The conference attracted both experienced and newcomers who offered stimulating ideas, case studies and networking opportunities. Everyone had something to contribute and we learned from each other."

Sheila R. Dalmat - Key Bridges

"It generated a lively discussion among the attendees and provided me with valuable information that I can transfer to the real economic developers within my organization."

Jim Baker, Chief - Information Technologies Group, SEDA-Council of Governments

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