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Planners As Broadband Champions

Economic Development Professionals And Others Welcome

AICP Certified Credits Available


Tuesday, September 16

8:00 am

8:30 am
Overview of Planners Roles in Planning for Broadband Infrastructure
Tim Brennan – Executive Director, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Linda Dunlavy – Executive Director, Franklin Regional Council of Governments

9:30 am
Incorporating Broadband Policies into Planning Documents
Facilitate Investment in Broadband Infrastructure with policies for Comprehensive Plans, TIF Districts, Downtown Revitalization Plans, Economic Development Districts and Capital Improvement Plans.
Kate McMahon – Founder & Partner/Co-Chair, APA Smart City Task Force

10:45 am
Planners as Broadband Champions
Case Studies: Communities where planners have taken a key role in planning for broadband networks.
Eric Frederick – Executive Director, Connect Michigan

12:00 noon

1:00 pm
Mastering Broadband Planning Processes
Review the planning process and different models for broadband deployment so planners can better participate in these discussions. Case studies and information sharing from participants will describe local experience with broadband planning processes. Community Broadband Networks: What are they & Why Planners Should be involved.
Kate McMahon – Founder & Partner/Co-Chair, APA Smart City Task Force

2:00 pm
Strategies For Addressing The Digital Divide and Broadband Adoption
Investments in broadband networks are most successful when they are accompanied by strategies that promote broadband adoption. Such efforts should target as income levels and segments of the population so no one is left behind. Find out what strategies local governments have undertaken to address digital divide and broadband adoption.
Kate McMahon – Founder & Partner/Co-Chair, APA Smart City Task Force

3:00 pm

3:15 pm
Code and Regulatory Considerations for Broadband
This session will cover zoning, subdivision and right-of-way ordinances. It will include examples of code language to support broadband improvements such as requirements for conduit or fiber as part of new road construction and including broadband costs as part of impact fees. The zoning implications of the new economy such as telecommuting, home offices and wireless facilities will be reviewed.
Andrew Cohill – President & CEO, Design Nine, Inc.

4:15 pm
A Facilitated Discussion On Understanding the Planning Process
How to Engage the Planning Professionals:Learning Their Language, Process and Objectives.
Kate McMahon – Founder & Partner/Co-Chair, APA Smart City Task Force

Wednesday, September 17
Smart Cities Breakfast Forum For Planners And All Attendees

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