This is the second in a series of webinars on broadband planning and funding for local counties and tribes. We discuss Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment technical assistance being offered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Regional Economic Development Organizations, University of Wisconsin Madison-Division of Extension and Wisconsin Public Service Commission-Wisconsin Broadband Office. Participants will receive the next steps for accessing planning funds from the WI Broadband Offices along with expected deliverables.
Gail Huycke is a Professor of Practice with the University of Wisconsin Extension where she serves as a Broadband Specialist. Gail has 34 years of experience in delivering community outreach programs in family and community economic development. She joined the Broadband Education Center in 2015 serving as Director for the Connected Aging Communities Initiative. Connected Aging Communities is a groundbreaking initiative that’s uses a unique “high tech, high touch” holistic, community development approach to enable aging residents to live independently at home. Over the last two years, Gail has served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband.
Danielle Jones is the Director of Rural Initiatives at WEDC. She has been with WEDC and its predecessor for over 10 years, and during this time she had the largest portfolio of industry sectors due to her ability to quickly evaluate industries and collaboratively identify solutions for them. Industries that had been in her portfolio are close to the hearts of rural communities, including, telecommunications and forest products. Prior to working for WEDC (and the Department of Commerce), she worked in account management and sales in the insurance industry and in technology-focused areas, including software technology and agricultural research and development. She is excited to bring the expertise and experience in industry analysis and solution development skillsets developed and honed across an over 30-year career to rural communities in order to assist them with issues dearest to their hearts. In her free time she is an avid traveler.