The SHLB Coalition’s Fourth Annual Conference will take place from May 7-9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The program will kick off with pre-conference workshops on Wednesday May 7th and a networking reception that evening. The following two days will feature exciting plenary speakers, breakout sessions and another networking reception on the evening of Thursday, May 8th. The program will wrap up at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 9th.
This year the SHLB Coalition’s Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful, brand new Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown D.C. located at 901 Massachusetts Ave Washington, D.C., (next to the D.C. Convention Center). The Marquis will offer splendid meeting rooms, comfortable accommodations and a variety of restaurants. It is a few blocks from the Mt. Vernon Square Metro station and a 10 minute ride from Reagan National Airport. The SHLB Coalition obtained hotel rooms at the (very low) government per diem rate of only $224 per night.
The room block is now closed. However, there are numerous hotels in the area. Embassy Suites Washington Convention Center, Four Points by Sheraton and the Washington Plaza are all within a half mile from the Mariott Marquis.
The Annual Conference will have a variety of speakers from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Speakers include: Louis Fox, CEO, CENIC; Jon Wilkins, Managing Director, FCC; Jon Chambers, FCC Office of Strategic Plans and Policy; Matt Quinn, FCC Director of Healthcare Initiatives; Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools; Tom Power, Deputy Director, White House OSTP; Richard Culatta, U.S. Dept of Education; Laura Breeden, NTIA; Erica Swanson, Google; Michael Daum, Microsoft; Jeff Campbell, Cisco, Tony Wilhelm, NTIA and Blair Levin, Executive Director, Gig.U
The Benefits of Attending
Hundreds from all over the country have already registered to attend. (See here for a full list.) The benefits of attending the SHLB Conference are numerous and include:
1. Up-to-date analysis of all the "hot" issues affecting community anchor institutions, including E-rate Reform, ConnectED, Rural Broadband Experiments, Wireless Broadband, Community Broadband Planning, Digital Inclusion and Broadband Adoption;
2. Cross-sector interactions and networking among community anchor institutions, broadband providers, BTOP awardees, and the broadband industry that can foster partnerships and collaboration;
3. Access to the key federal policy-makers;
4. Presentations about innovative and successful broadband projects around the country involving community anchor institutions (including “best practices”);
5. Financial and other sustainability strategies for broadband projects of all kinds.
*If three or more people from the same organization are planning to attend the conference please contact George Hall for discounted registration prices at George@fbcinc.com or at (240) 841-2208(240) 841-2208.
2014 SHLB Coalition's Annual Conference Sponsors