Baton Rouge: The Coordinating and Development Corporation, through a grant awarded by the Louisiana Broadband Initiative, is hosting two one-day workshops that will focus on the power of broadband to level the playing field for rural cities and parishes and enable them to attract new investment and to encourage small companies to become global exporters. The workshops will introduce community leaders to the tools to tackle social, cultural, and political barriers that hold back adoption of this powerful technology.
The workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Landing Banquet Room, 530 Front St. in Natchitoches on Thursday, September 26 and in Lafayette at the Cecil Picard Center, 200 E. Devalcourt St. on Thursday, October 10. An Icebreaker Reception will be held the evening before each workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Coordinating and Development Corporation is a private member-supported economic development organization headquartered in Shreveport, with offices in each of the 10-parishes it serves in Northwest Louisiana. The Louisiana Broadband Initiative grew from an effort by the federal government to use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to implement the National Broadband Map. The Initiative spearheads the state's effort to ensure that every Louisiana citizen has access to affordable, high-speed broadband, a technology that can deliver economic value to communities throughout Louisiana.
The workshops will be presented by Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, a think tank that studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the demands and opportunities of the information and communications technology.
Each workshop is an in intensive day of how-to lessons, question-and-answer, and small group discussions. Attendees will leave each workshop with concrete examples of communities that have achieved progress as a result of broadband implementation and with specific ideas they can explore in their own community. After each workshop, selected cities and parishes will have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one mentoring and a free analysis of their readiness for economic development based on the level of broadband adaption.
There is no charge for the summit, but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants.
For additional information or to pre-register, contact Diana Simek, Vice-President, Economic Development, The Coordinating and Development Corp., workshop co-sponsor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 632-2022.