Grow2Gig+ Webinar Series

SHLB prioritizes being your resource for anchor institution broadband. That's why SHLB is happy to host webinars featuring key industry leaders and researchers around the topics in our Broadband Action Plan.

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County Broadband Initiatives

February 22, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

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How do counties take on broadband planning? How do counties prioritize and set up a competitive bid process? What approaches and resources have been most successful? Deb Socia, Executive Director of Next Century Cities, will guide our panel as they answer these questions and more. Sybil Tate, Assistant County Manager in Person County, NC, will provide her hands-on experience in county broadband planning and share the keys to her success. Eric Frederick, Vice President for Community Affairs for Connected Nation, will share his federal perspective on the importance of county broadband efforts. With a special emphasis given to local and state efforts in the Trump Administration's infrastructure proposal, counties could be the lynchpins to building broadband.


Prior to her role as the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, Deb was the Executive Director of the Tech Goes Home program whose mission is to ensure digital equity. Previously, Deb spent 32 years as an educator and administrator. She was the founding principal of the award winning Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, a Boston Public School where she led the one-to-one laptop initiative. Deb has been the recipient of many awards for her work, including recognition as the NATOA Community Broadband Hero in 2013, the 2013 Pathfinder Award from MassCUE (Mass Computer Using Educators), and the 2010 Leadership and Vision award from CRSTE (Capitol Region Society for Technology in Education).

Professional experience: As the Assistant County Manager in Person County, Sybil supervises and manages eight departments; primarily development services/land use, solid waste and community/culture departments. Responsibilities also include budgeting and managing capital projects, such as the comprehensive solid waste study, public safety communication system upgrade project, and the county’s efforts to expand broadband. Sybil graduated from Davidson College in 1998 and received her Masters of Public Administration frrom UNC Chapel Hill- School of Government in 2007.

Eric Frederick is the Vice President for Community Affairs for Connected Nation and the Executive Director for Connect Michigan. Mr. Frederick is a broadband community planning expert and a sought-after speaker on broadband and technology issues with eleven years of experience working with local and international stakeholders to improve the access, adoption, and use of broadband. Mr. Frederick’s long-term and comprehensive approach to technology-related community development provides the hundreds of communities and thousands of stakeholders engaged by Connected Nation with wide-ranging insights, education, and solutions to create digitally inclusive and equitable communities. Mr. Frederick holds a bachelor’s degree in community planning from Northern Michigan University and a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State. Additionally, Eric is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.


This webinar series is free and open to the public.

Please note that we do have a cap of 100 people on our webinars. If you are unable to join, a recording will be available shortly after the live webinar.


February 22, 2018 at 11 am ET - Case Study on County Digital Initiatives
March 22, 2018 at 11 am ET - Spectrum Options: EBS, TV WhiteSpace & More


Webinar recordings will be available to the public for one month. After that, only full members will have access. Learn more about full member benefits. 


January 2018

Webinar Slides Available Here

What does the term "digital inclusion" mean? How do libraries play a role in connecting their communities? Answer these questions and learn how libraries can promote digital literacy, civic engagement, education/learning, health/wellness and more during our January Grow2Gig+ webinar. Panelists will present their own case studies on innovative digital inclusion projects at the local, state, and national levels as well as discuss solutions for your library and community.




ModeratorLourdes Aceves, Senior Program Manager, Urban Libraries Council (ULC)

Lourdes is the Senior Program Manager for Edge. She manages the Edge State Library Program, working closely with state library partners to secure broad adoption across their states. Lourdes supports and builds ULC and Edge's national presence and value at national, state, and regional conferences. Before joining the Urban Libraries Council, she worked at the Illinois Housing Development Authority to administer a TARP Program intended to help struggling Illinois homeowners avoid foreclosure. Lourdes holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Local Economic Development.


Stacey Aldrich, Hawaii State Librarian

Stacey Aldrich brings more than 20 years of experience to the role of State Librarian of Hawaii. Prior to Hawaii, she served as State Librarian in Pennsylvania and California. Stacey has also worked in public and academic libraries. She was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers in 2003.



Grier Carson, Director, Putnam County Public Library, Indiana

Grier Carson is a library director and technology coordinator who’s worked in public libraries, academic libraries, and school environments.  Since 2014, he has served as Director of the Putnam County Public Library in Greencastle, Indiana where he’s worked to place technology and digital skills at the center of library services.  Prior to that, he served as Academic Technology Director and Head Librarian at Lake Forest Academy where he worked to introduce a school-wide 1:1 technology program, construction of an interactive media facility, and a digital music curriculum including a laptop/iPad orchestra.  He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. 


Amber Gregory, Coordinator of E-Rate Services, Arkansas State Library

Amber Gregory has worked with E-Rate since 2010, as the Coordinator of E-Rate Services at the Arkansas State Library, where she helps public libraries navigate the program.  Amber is also currently a member of the American Library Association’s E-Rate Task Force. 





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