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Indiana Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Digital Access and Workforce Development in Rural and Agricultural Communities

 

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded American families of the enormous possibilities and advantages of technology today and in the future. We've also experienced the trials and tribulations of technology. Many have called for a coordinated federal effort to harness its potential and overcome differences in access across our country. Please join us for this public town hall, led by the Future of Tech Commission, to generate input and feedback on the most urgent tech policy issues facing our economy and democracy. 

The Future of Tech Commission is a private, independent and bipartisan working group developed in response to discussions with the White House and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to recommend a comprehensive tech policy agenda for the nation. The ideas and feedback generated from this event and diverse communities and groups across the country will be used to craft key tech policy measures, and set  the stage to implement a robust tech agenda with bipartisan support. 

In this town hall sponsored by Purdue University, we'll be discussing how federal and state policies can build digital access and drive workforce innovation in rural communities. 

For more information, visit. www.futureoftechcommission.org

 

Agenda & Participants

Opening and Welcome

  • Roberto Gallardo | Director |Purdue University Center for Regional Development
  • Margaret Spellings | Co-Commissioner| Future of Tech Commission

A Statewide Perspective on Digital Access: Rural Broadband and Its Impact on Agriculture

  • Matt Crouch | Deputy Director | Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
  • Earnie Holtrey | Program Manager | Indiana Broadband Office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch
  • Lee Lewellen | President and CEO | Indiana Economic Development Association
  • Jason Henderson | Senior Associate Dean and Director of Extension | Purdue University College of Agriculture

Engineering Universal Broadband

  • Mung Chiang | Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering | Purdue University

A Regional/Local Perspective on Digital Access: Rural Broadband and Its Impact on the Workplace

  • Tony London | Commissioner | Bartholomew County Indiana
  • Jeff Plasterer | Executive Director | Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
  • Lisa Abbott | Executive Vice President of Economic and Community Development | Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc.
  • Carole Yeend | Co-Chair | Rush County Broadband Task Force
  • Mike Perleberg | Executive Director | One Dearborn, Inc.

Conclusion

  • Roberto Gallardo | Director |Purdue University Center for Regional Development
  • Margaret Spellings | Co-Commissioner| Future of Tech Commission