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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.