Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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The Center for Rural Development 
2292 South Highway 27
Somerset, KY 42501




Larry Combs
The Center for Rural Development 

Broadband and Your Community Workshop:
Getting Started

10:00   Welcome by Lonnie Lawson, President & CEO, The Center for Rural Development

10:10   Overview of the State of Broadband – Hilda Legg, Consultant, Former Administrator  for  Rural Utilities Service; Larry Combs, Broadband Implementation Manager, The Center for  Rural Development

10:30   KCNA / Kentucky Wired Update – Phillip Brown, Executive Director of KY Communications Network Authority; Mike Hayden, Chief Operating Officer, KY Communications Network Authority

11:00   Core Curriculum: Ownership and Finance Models 101 – Joel Mulder, Vice President, eX2 Technology LLC; Terry Barnes, Project Manager/Business Consultant, The Solarity Group

11:50   Core Curriculum: Plant Design and Network Management 101 – Darrell Maynard, Owner Operator, Eastern Telephone & Technologies; Mike Stidham, Operations Manager, Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative; Joel Mulder, Vice President, eX2 Technology LLC

12:40  Lunch

1:00  Luncheon Address: The Basics of the KY P3 Legislation and How It Can Be Used to Acquire Broadband – Leslie Combs, Former KY State Representative and Public Servant    

1:30  Core Curriculum: Broadband Providers and Partners 101 – Lonnie Lawson, President & CEO, The Center for Rural Development; Allen Gillum, CEO/General Manager, East Kentucky Network; Ruth Conley, General Manager/CEO, Foothills Communications; Brian Mefford, Open Fiber Kentucky, CNX

2:20  Break

2:30   Core Curriculum: Community Engagement: How Do I Get Community Support 101? Nancy Ward, Partner/PMP, The Solarity Group; Gail Wright, Executive Director, Gateway Area Development District; Jim Ward, Letcher County Judge Executive

3:20   Wrap up Q&A, Next Step Announcements

4:00   Adjournment