Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lessons from a Gig City

Cleveland leaders travel to Chattanooga, TN, 
to discover what makes a “Connected City”

By Will Tarter, Community Engagement Specialist

What does a city of the future look like? How can such cities leverage fiber optic network infrastructure to benefit businesses and residents? What kind of companies do they attract? What do they do differently than anyone else? Most importantly, what can Cleveland leaders learn from these cities?

These questions are the motivators behind OneCommunity’s “Connected Cities” Public Officials Fact-finding Missions, a series of field trips to cities that have implemented next-generation fiber-optic-based networks.

For the full article visit OneCommunity.

The Cleveland delegation was led by Lev Gonik, CEO, OneCommunity, supported by a generous grant from The Gund Foundation and included Kevin Kelley, Cleveland City Council President; Councilman Brian Cummins; Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy; Valerie McCall, Tracey Nichols and Jason Wood, Chief of Government Affairs, Director of Economic Development and Chief of Public Affairs, Department of Public Utilities respectively for the City of Cleveland; Felton Thomas Executive Director, Cleveland Public Library; and, Alesha Washington, Senior Director of Policy, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

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