Lafayette will soon be the most wired city in the world, and our municipally-owned fiber optic network is the envy of visionaries across the country, including leaders in thriving cities like Seattle and San Francisco. How will those cities use their networks to improve the quality of life and economic development there? And can their visions help us maximize the investment we’ve made in Lafayette?
Hear the plans first hand from the people responsible for making things happen in two of the most vibrant cities in America. This event is the only ticketed event open to the general public during Fiber Fête, a three-day, invitation only conference designed to jump-start the economic development that LUS Fiber makes possible. (Fiber Fête registration is full.)
Seattle’s chief technology officer Bill Shrier has been working to get his city wired with fiber for years, slowly deploying a citywide community anchor fiber network. Now, with a new mayor committed to see his community realize the dream of a fully fibered city, Shrier’s goal is to ensure that up-to-date technology tools are used efficiently and effectively to run government and keep Seattle competitive in business. Shrier, whom Computerworld
Magazine named a Premier 100 Leader for 2010, was also recognized as one of Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2008.
Called San Francisco’s “tech zeitgeist” by Computerworld Magazine, chief information officer Chris Vein has also been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 CIOs by Information Week Magazine and was named this year to the Top 25 Dreamers, Doers and Drivers list by Government Technology Magazine. Now responsible for setting the city’s technology vision and direction, Chris’ has worked in the public sector at Science Applications International
Corporation and, in a non-political role, at the White House, supporting three Presidents of the United States.
The speakers will be introduced by Joanne Hovis, president of Columbia Telecommunications Corporation. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation and a recognized authority on the broadband market, Hovis recently testified before Congress on the economics of broadband deployment.
Congratulations to Stella Theriot and seven friends who will enjoy a private dinner hosted by INDEats and EatLafayette
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
Hot prints and cool wolves
The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Breakfast favorites served on a bubbly crust pair with a crisp salad
NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
West coast casual
Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.