Governor Bob Riley's broadband initiative, ConnectingALABAMA, is working to gauge interest in a technology expo that would provide information to government and non-profit organizations and universities about broadband funding opportunities available through the federal stimulus. If your organization is interested in the opportunity to learn more about stimulus broadband funding, contact ConnectingALABAMA Director Kathy Johnson no later than 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in your e-mail the type of assistance you are seeking, whether it's help with collaborative partnerships, grant writing, legal assistance with compliance, etc.
An expo would provide networking and information sharing opportunities for any party planning to submit a stimulus application for broadband funds. It would also give between six and eight vendors the chance to give brief presentations about what their company can offer with regard to stimulus partnerships. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Examples of presenters include companies that have fiber or towers to offer, equipment for deployment, software applications, technical assistance for communities, and more. However, the call to present is not yet open. ConnectingALABAMA will notify all interested parties if and when that opportunity becomes available.
Municipalities, counties, state and local organizations, non-profits, hospitals and universities will be invited. Please share this information with your membership to determine if there is enough interest to hold such an event. A date has not been determined for the expo, however, one possibility is Monday, July 13, in Birmingham.