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This presentation was delivered at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco.
Summary points for planners and community organizations can partner with people working in tech.
1. What: For planners who want to plan for broadband infrastructure, adoption, and digital inclusion, the tech industry is an overlooked partner that wants to solve big problems and needs planners’ help.
2. Why: The consequences of not partnering with tech include harm to already marginalized communities and sections of the public and the industry needs planners to plan for digital inclusion to meet future labor demands.
4. How: Seek out spaces where tech conversations are happening, partner on mentorship and giving, invite techies to participate in an experience (such as a connectivity walk audit), and speak in common language.