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Agenda at a Glance

Week 1

Full schedule with resources

Tuesday, October 6

9:00          Welcome
9:30          Digital Showcase (Panel I, Panel II, Panel III)
11:20        Wrap-up and Adjourn
4:30          Trivia Night Social Hour

Wednesday, October 7

Welcome Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Broadband!

9:00          Welcome
9:20          Border-to-Border Broadband Development Fund Grantee Presentations
10:20        Breakout Sessions with Task Force Subcommittees
10:45        Report Back and Task Force Thank You
11:00        From Digital Infrastructure to Transformation: Leveraging Broadband for Community Economic Development by Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D., Purdue Extension
12:00        Wrap-up and Adjourn

Thursday, October 8

9:00          Welcome and Mentor Matchmaking Process Introductions
9:30          Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Opportunities and Challenges Post-Pandemic by Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA
10:45        Mentor Session I
11:20        Mentor Session II
11:45        Wrap-Up and Adjourn


Weeks 2 & 3

Full schedule and resources (week 2)
Full schedule and resources (week 3)

Optional, elective opportunities to learn, connect, and engage with broadband stakeholders from around the state and nation.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm     Digital Office Hours
1:00 – 1:45 pm             Broadband 101

Thursday, October 15

3:00          Federal Broadband Regulatory and Legislative Updates by Molly O’Leary, Director of Government Affairs, NTCA
4:30          Bill Coleman’s Broadband Happy Hour | Door Prizes and Contests! (sign up here)

Wednesday, October 21

9:15           Smaller Places, Bigger Opportunities presentation from the ICF Virtual Summit | Register here

Friday, October 23

10:00        Book Club: Thank You for Being Late by Tom Friedman hosted by Global Minnesota (separate registration required)


Week 4

Full schedule and resources

Tuesday, October 27

9:00          Welcome
9:30          Connecting Residents to Essential Services: Solutions for Local Communities by Deb Socia, The Enterprise Center
10:35        Open Space Idea Generation
11:45        Wrap-Up and Adjourn

Wednesday, October 28

9:00          Welcome
9:20          Open Space Discussions I
10:05        Open Space Discussions II
10:45        Digital Ready Communities Report Back
11:45        Wrap-Up and Adjourn
4:30          Closing Reception | details to be announced

Thursday, October 29

9:00          Welcome
9:15          How I Think About the Importance of Communities in the 21st Century by Thomas L. Friedman, Author, Reporter, Columnist, New York Times
10:30        2020 MN County Broadband Reports: Measured Progress, Accelerated Need by Ann Treacy, Treacy Information Services
11:00        Breakouts and Feedback
11:30        Closing Words
12:00        Adjourn

Annual Conference 2020
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