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Monday, April 1 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Closing the Digital Divide 101 for Local and State Elected Officials - Max Capacity FULL

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This workshop will cover digital equity and inclusion basics, ideas for supporting and launching local digital inclusion efforts, and ways to advocate for or implement policies to support digital inclusion and equity initiatives at the local, state, and federal level. The workshop is specifically designed for local and state elected officials and policy makers who desire to enhance their community and address inequities by closing the digital divide.

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John Coggin

Director of Advocacy, NC Rural Center
John is the director of advocacy at the NC Rural Center, where he leads statewide grassroots engagement and state and federal government relations to advance the Rural Center’s Rural Counts strategies for rural economic development. Prior to the Rural Center, John worked in community... Read More →

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Bruce Clark

Executive Director, Digital Charlotte, at Queens University
Digital Charlotte is a project of the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. Our mission is to empower community organizations to deliver digital inclusion resources to their communities. As part of my role as ED of Digital Charlotte, I also serve as the... Read More →
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Emy Tseng

Senior Broadband Program Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Emy Tseng is a Senior Broadband Program Specialist with the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program. She provides technical assistance on expanding broadband access, adoption and use in underserved communities and smart inclusive communities.Prior... Read More →

Jeffrey Sural

Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office, North Carolina Department of Information Technology
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Ed Blayney

Civic Technology Manager, Louisville Metro - DoIT
Smart Cities, Digital Inclusion Start-up, Computer Donation Programs, Low-cost internet sign-ups, bootstrap fundraising

Braxton Winston

Councilman, City of Charlotte

Michelle Gibeault

English & Communication Librarian, University of Arkansas
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Amy Huffman

Digital Inclusion and Policy Manager, North Carolina Department of Information Technology
I'm the Research and Policy Specialist for the Broadband Infrastructure Office at the North Carolina Department of Information Technology. I lead our office's research, policy, and digital equity efforts.