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Planning for Broadband
Activity Code: S553
Date: Monday, April 15
Planners are increasingly addressing broadband communications networks alongside other key infrastructure concerns like roads, water systems, and telephone and electrical service. What is best planning practice for broadband service, especially in small towns and rural areas with less-developed networks? This session reports the results of a new survey of professional planners that addresses how they are integrating broadband into their work.
Ronald L. Thomas, FAICP
Faculty, University of Georgia
Phone: (312) 543-2059
Work: Ron Thomas, Faculty, Planning Program, College of Environment & Design, University of Georgia and Director of Planning, HGOR, Atlanta is the former Executive Director of the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission with an extensive record as a planner guiding community-building and place-making through leading-edge applications of participatory methods using communication technologies to create healthy sustainable regions, cities and neighborhoods. He focused NIPC’s efforts in carrying out its mandate to create a comprehensive plan for the region. This initiative, entitled Common Ground, is a national model of community based regional planning receiving the APA 2005 award for a plan. He consults nationally in these areas of planning. He also serves as the Chair of the Oconee River Greenway Commission in Athens, GA.
Education: •Masters of Science in Management, Antioch University. Seattle Concentration in management innovations in public and nonprofit organizations. •Post Graduate Studies in Communications Design, Syracuse University. Concentration in visual communications, editorial, and advertising design. •Bachelor of Science in Architecture (5 Year Professional Degree), University of Oklahoma. Minor in history of philosophy.
Publications: •Co-Author, PAS Report: Planning and Broadband: Infrastructure, Policy, and Sustainability (2012) •Empowering Regions: Strategies and Tools for Community Decision Making, Alliance for Regional Stewardship Monograph, 2001 •Teleplanning Casebook. American Institute of Certified Planners, 1997 •The New Civics. "Yes! A Journal of Positive Futures" Guest editor and writer, 1996. •Electronic Town Meetings: Planning for the Information Age. Video and Publication, 1996. •Taking Charge: How Communities Are Planning Their Futures, Co-author. International City Management Association, 1988.
Other Publications: • Common Ground Regional Plan Series Smart Growth Portfolio: • Transit-Oriented Development • Enhancing Main Streets and Town Centers; • A View of Economic Activity; • Intergovernmental Planning and Cooperation; • Managing Development to Protect Agriculture; • Diversity and Inclusiveness; Achieving Balance: • Jobs and Housing; • Guiding Development to Protect Our Natural Resources; • Designing Interactive Communities.
Past Assignments: •Numerous Illinois & Chicago Area Presentations •National Association of Regional Councils 2004, 2003, 2002 •AIA National Conference, 2004 •APA National Conference, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 •APA Awards Jury 2006, 2010 •Board member and newsletter editor, APA Regional & Intergovernmental Division (Current)
Kathleen McMahon, AICP
Consulting Planner, Applied Communications
Phone: (406) 863-9255
Work: Applied Communication, LLC - Owner. Ms. McMahon has over 25 years of planning experience. She has worked for city and county planning agencies as a land use planner. Since 1994 she has been operating a consulting firm providing services to communities on land use and information technology issues.
Education: University of Illinois - Bachelor of Arts - Urban and regional planning George Washington University - Masters of Science - Educational Technology
Publications: Has published numerous articles in professional publications, including Planning magazine, on planning for telecommunications and broadband infrastructure.
Past Assignments: Has given presentations on this topic at Western Planner, Montana Association of Planners, Rural Telecommunications Congress, Washington Association of Telecommunicaitons Officers, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, Montana Economic Development Association, Connect Idaho and other conferences
Work: Charles Kaylor is on the faculty of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University where he also serves as Director of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory. His work addresses the development and expansion of 21st Century infrastructures, and more crucially the necessity of planning for that development. His current work demonstrates the relevance of local community engagement to broadband development, focusing on spatial and temporal dimensions of infrastructure change, shifts in adoption and utilization patterns, and associated changes in land use and urban form.
Education: MUP, University of Michigan MA, Duke University BA, Carleton College
Publications: “Planning and Broadband: Infrastructure, Policy, and Sustainability” Planning Advisory Service Report Number 569 (co-author) (Washington, DC: The American Planning Association, July 2012)
Other Publications: “The State of Local E-Government and E-Democracy: Benchmarking the Progress of US Cities at Providing Online Opportunities for Citizen Engagement” in Jennifer Cowley and Maria Manta Montoy, eds., E-government: Key Citizen Participation Issues and Applications for Local Governments (Columbus: The John Glenn Institute of Public Service and Public Policy, 2005). “Gauging E-government: A Report on Implementing Services Among American Cities” Government Information Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2001.
Past Assignments: “Connecting Infrastructure: Local Engagement in Broadband Expansion” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, New York, NY, 24-28 February 2012. “Bottom Up Planning/Top Down Network: Local Engagement in Spurring Broadband” presented at The 38th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, Arlington, VA, 1-3 October 2010 “Bottom Up Planning/Top-Down Network: Mediating Scales in The Case of Rural Broadband” presented at the American Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference (Minneapolis, MN, 7-10 October 2010) “Stimulating Infrastructures: Local Solutions to National Controversies in Mapping Broadband” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, DC, 14-18 April 2010. “Ghosts of Stimulus Past: Broadband Infrastructure and Artifacts of the New Deal” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Crystal City, VA, 28-31 October 2009. “Stimulating Infrastructure: Assessing the Role of Community Participation in Broadband Expansion” prepared for the ACSP 2009 50th Anniversary Conference, 1-4 October 2009
John C. Shepard, AICP
Planner, Laramie County
Phone: (307) 633-4523
Work: John C. Shepard, AICP, is a development professional with over 20 years of experience in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Colorado. Recent projects have focused on natural resources, economic development and infrastructure, including broadband in rural areas. Currently Sr. Planner at Laramie County (Cheyenne) Wyoming, Shepard is leading an update of the Laramie County Comprehensive Plan.
Education: University of Colorado at Denver, MURP; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BAUP; National Development Council, Economic Development Finance Professional
Publications: "The New Economy of the Great Plains: Implications for Economic Development" Economic Development Quarterly, 1993.
Other Publications: All Hazard Mitigation Plans for 9 counties, local water management plans for 5 counties, and comprehensive (land use) plans and/or updates for 4 counties and a city in Minnesota. Area plan in Colorado and comprehensive plan update in Montana. Blogs at www.jcshepard.com.
Past Assignments: Shepard has presented projects to a variety of audiences including the Minnesota Chapter APA and Western Planner conferences.