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Wednesday, April 18 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Local government digital equity plans

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Municipal governments are in the forefront of local, collaborative digital access and equity planning. Local leaders will talk about the value of planning, the nuts and bolts of making a plan, and the outcomes of their planning efforts.

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Rebecca Gibbons

Strategic Initiatives Manager, City of Portland - Office for Community Technology & Digital Inclusion Network
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David Keyes

Digital Equity Program Manager, City of Seattle IT
David Keyes works at the intersection of information and communications technologies, race and social justice, and community capacity building. As manager of the City of Seattle’s Digital Equity Initiative he oversees strategic planning, policy and program evaluation. He was the... Read More →
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John Speirs

Program Manager, Telecommunications & regulatory affairs
John Speirs is responsible for managing and administering City's implementation of the Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan in Austin by coordinating with local organizations, commissions and other public and private entities involved with digital and communications technology in Austin... Read More →
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Ernie Staten

City of Fairlawn
Ernie Staten is Deputy Director of Public Service for Fairlawn, Ohio. He has been working in local government for more than 25 years. Staten is responsible for managing the City’s infrastructure and delivering all of the City services. He is the liaison for all utilities in the... Read More →
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Rick Usher

Assistant City Manager, City of Kansas City, Mo.
I am Assistant City Manager for Entrepreneurship & Small Business and the City Manager's liaison to the City Council's Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Jobs Committee. I am working with City Departments and our vibrant entrepreneur community partners to establish a business-friendly... Read More →