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Broadband & Barbecue: Continuing Education Credit Hours Available and Full Agenda

By May 28, 2019No Comments

This event qualifies for
4 continuing education credit hours
through the Kentucky Department for Local Government County Officials Training Program.

Registration is FREE.

Broadband & Barbecue

Connecting Rural Communities

Thursday, June 6th

10 a.m – 3 p.m. EDT
Hazard Community and Technical College
First Federal Center, Room: 123A
One Community College Drive
Highway 15 South
Hazard, KY 41701
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Full Agenda: What’s On Our Plate

  • USE – How to leverage connectivity to grow your local economy
  • ACCESS – How to improve access to high-speed affordable broadband in your community

Sessions Include:

Introduction & Overview 

  • 10:00 a.m. Welcome – SOAR and The Center for Rural Development
  • 10:10 a.m. Blueprint for the Future of Appalachia – Jared Arnett, SOAR

High Economic Impact Uses of Broadband

  • 10:30 a.m. Remote Work Panel (Moderated by Michael Cornett)
    • Cheryl Ellis, General Dynamics Information Technology
    • Teleworks USA Remote Worker
    • Chuck Caudill, Lee County Judge-Executive
  • 11:15 a.m. Business & Startup Panel (Moderated by Jared Arnett)
    • New Frontier Outfitters
    • Payton May, BitSource
    • Tim Hughes, KY Department of Agriculture
    • Chris Self, AdventHealth Manchester – Telehealth
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch: Big Blue Smokehouse Buffet sponsored by Community Trust Bank

Rural Strategies for Access to Broadband

  • 12:30 p.m. Middle Mile with KentuckyWired
    • Mike Hayden, COO, KCNA
  • 1:20 p.m. Break
  • 1:30 p.m. Last Mile Resources: Technology Assistance Program (TAP)
    • Larry Combs, The Center for Rural Development
  • 2:00 p.m. Last Mile Providers Panel (Moderated by Larry Combs)
    • Keith Gabbard, CEO, Peoples Rural Telephone
    • Darrell Maynard, CEO, Eastern Telephone and Technologies
    • David Thacker, Thacker-Grigsby Telephone
    • Scott Shapiro, MetroNet Inc.