Draft Meeting Agenda
|Tuesday, July 17|
|8:30 am - 9:00 am||Registration and breakfast|
|9:00 am - 9:30 am||Introductions: Melissa Cragin, Executive Director of the Midwest Big Data Hub;
Grant McGimpsey, Vice President for research and economic development, University of North Dakota
|9:30 am - 10:30 am||Morning Keynote - North Dakota State Official|
|10:30 am - 11:00 am||Break and Networking|
|11:00 am - 12:15 pm||Panel 1 - "Building Capacity to Address Substance Use Disorders in Rural Communities"|
|12:15 pm - 1:45 pm||Lunch & Birds of a Feather|
|1:45 pm - 2:45 pm||Afternoon Keynote - Dr. Roberto Gallardo, Assistant Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Extension Community & Regional Economics Specialist, Purdue University, "The Digital Age & Rural Communities"|
|2:45 pm - 3:15 pm||Break and Networking|
|3:15 pm - 4:15 pm||Panel 2 - "Economic Development & Community Resilience: opportunities for smart rural communities"
Digital transformations are likely to change life and work across small towns and rural communities. What are the next challenges to be prepared for? What can research tell us about community resilience? How can communities take advantage of data-related technologies to build a strong and resilient development framework?
- Bret Weber, Grand Forks council member and Associate Professor, UND
- David Flynn, Professor and Department Chair, UND
- Kimberly Zarecor, Associate Professor, ISU
|4:15 pm - 6:00 pm||Networking Reception and Poster Session|
|Wednesday, July 18|
|8:30 am - 9:00 am||Registration and Morning Networking|
|9:00 am - 10:00 am||Panel 3 - "Connecting rural areas: challenges and solutions"
What are the benefits, challenges and solutions to increase access to broadband? What are models or approaches communities can take to develop or increase broadband access?
- Danae Wilson, Director of Technology Services, Nez Perce Tribe
- Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon, ID
- Karl Blake, Chief Executive Officer, Polar Communications
|10:00 am - 10:30 am||Break and Networking|
|10:30 am - 11:45 pm||Panel 4 - "Best Practices and successful partnerships"
This panel will present case studies to demonstrate best practices and successful partnerships between universities and small communities —Reflecting on what worked and what did not, the panelists will share their experience in building relationships to maximize impact and using data for small communities.
- Thomasine Heitkamp, Professor, UND
- US Ignite, Smart Gigabit Communities
|11:45 pm - 1 pm||Lunch / Closing Remarks