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Broadband Planning to Support Economic Development: Kackar

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This presentation was delivered at NADO's 2018 Annual Training Conference, held in Charlotte, NC on October 13-16. For more information, visit: https://www.nado.org/events/2018-annual-training-conference/

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Broadband Planning to Support Economic Development: Kackar

  1. 1. BROADBAND PLANNING TO SUPPORT RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PLANNING FOR BROADBAND ASSETS 2018 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA OCTOBER 15 - 2018 SARAH KACKAR, AICP – TOUCHPOINT CONSULTANTS, LLC
  2. 2. AGENDA • Introductions • Leveraging Existing Broadband as an Economic Development Asset • Integrated Broadband and Planning Case Example • Planning for Future Broadband in Your Community • Q/A
  3. 3. LEVERAGING EXISTING BROADBAND CREATING AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSET
  4. 4. ENTREPRENEURS DRIVE ECONOMIES •An environment where entrepreneurs can thrive. •Coworking, incubator, and maker Spaces •Director of Business Innovation – shared position between City and Chamber •Code developers communities
  5. 5. MAIN ST., THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY •Placemaking - Gathering of the People •Brew Pubs •Farmers’ Markets and Local Foods •Downtown Wi-Fi
  6. 6. LEVERAGING BROADBAND FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH • Help consumers and small businesses directly through incentives or grants • Develop marketing identity; Market communities as “connected” • Ensure downtown development authority is working with utilities and planning department in coordinating long-term goals
  7. 7. INTEGRATED BROADBAND AND DOWNTOWN PLANNING SELECTED CASE STUDY COMMUNITY
  8. 8. Case Study - Montrose, CO • Small city on western slope of Rocky Mountains – about 20,000 population • Founded in 1800s, now tourist gateway to places like Telluride, Moab, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. • Primary assets are outdoor recreation, climate, small town atmosphere, and education • Satellite campus of Colorado Mesa University in downtown
  9. 9. Case Study - Montrose, CO 1. Research best practices efforts 2. Find supportive local elected and business leaders – Champions 3. Form local technology taskforce with regional players 4. Envision goals of broadband network functionality and breadth in community 5. Ensure jurisdictional authority to provide local telecom services; if not, rule changing at state level needed 6. Apply for state and federal grants and funding opportunities through regional planning body Broadband Planning Process (2011- 15)
  10. 10. Public/Private Partnerships • Downtown ring of 1GB fiber present in ring around Main St and gov’t buildings • Public WiFi zone in downtown and app to attract tourists • Public/private partnerships use an incubator space on Main St as a platform for attracting teleworkers and high skilled jobs • City provides businesses economic incentives to connect to fiber Case Study - Montrose, CO
  11. 11. Increasing Community Capacity • Maximizing benefits of outdoor amenities for residents and tourists • Courting expansion of local university satellite campus downtown to grow community • Expanding broadband capabilities for connecting community to local foods sources Case Study - Montrose, CO
  12. 12. Smart Planning Initiatives • Extensive bike/ped network of trails to foster alternative transportation • Robust bus system connecting downtown with outlying City areas • Recently modified zoning code to allow accessory units in office/residential zone • Ongoing renovation of loft style apartments in downtown area • Dig Once Policy – any time trench is opened for utility work, a conduit for carrying fiber is installed at that point. Fiber may actually be put in conduit at later date. Case Study - Montrose, CO
  13. 13. PLANNING FOR FUTURE BROADBAND IN YOUR COMMUNITY KEY ELEMENTS TO CONSIDER
  14. 14. INTEGRATING BROADBAND INTO PLANNING • Include broadband development in community development vision • Coordinate broadband with development potential identified in Downtown Development District or Main Street Program planning • Broadband can be a growth predictor, like water and sewer. Treat it like other critical utilities
  15. 15. FIRST STEPS • Investigate best practice communities using broadband to enrich their physical and economic wealth. • Create Downtown Development Authority (if applicable) and local planning taskforce to forge relationships with Local govt, Chamber, ISPs, and key citizens • Coordinate vision for how broadband should define economic and physical growth goals and policies • Develop roll-out plan with Internet Service Providers prioritizing areas with
  16. 16. INCLUSIVE PROCESS • Broadband is a critical ingredient of a vibrant, diverse, and resourceful community. • Find or develop champions who understand the importance of broadband. • Think regionally! • Entrepreneurs are best suited to lead. Governments are best suited to support.
  17. 17. CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF SUCCESS • Engaged elected members, citizens, and staff who recognize importance of broadening definition of economic development and planning • Presence of innovative thinker who creates results • Willingness of citizens to accept taskforce responsibilities and deliver results • Strong regional framework of partners • Strong relationship between local ISP and Economic Development leaders
  18. 18. SELECTED RESOURCES FOR BEGINNING A BROADBAND JOURNEY • Organizations • Connected Nation • Institute for Local Self-Reliance • Resilient Communities Program at New America • Broadband Communities Summit Annual Conference • Federal Grants • USDA Community Connect • NTIA - Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) (formerly called the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program) • EDA - ACC (Assistance to Coal Communities) • Federal Auction • FCC – Connect America Fund II – Providers bid on established rural areas - $2billion over next 10 years
  19. 19. CONTACT INFORMATION Sarah Kackar, AICP Principal, Touchpoint Consultants sarah@touchpointconsultants.us – 703-855-5919

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