Over the years, NGN has placed a large focus on providing the tools and education for Georgia community leaders to understand how to leverage their gigabit asset to promote economic development in rural areas. Last year, NGN’s Georgia Gigabit Communities Summit was an important launching point for many to have these conversations and this year, the fiber network has combined its efforts with Broadband Communities Magazine to bring the organization’s 3-day 2017 Economic Development Conference to Atlanta. The conference will take place November 7 – 9 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, and will host a wide range of local and national experts offering in-depth topical sessions.

Those who attended last year’s Georgia Gigabit Communities Summit as well as any community leaders across the Southeast US who are interested in how gigabit connectivity can spur economic growth are strongly encouraged to attend.

The conference will include sessions on financial and marketing topics – leaving attendees with the tools they need to execute economic growth plans in their own communities. Emphasizing, but not limiting themselves to the Southeast region, speakers will provide a wealth of economic research, case studies highlighting what is working well and what is not, and practical, how-to materials that attendees can take home and put to immediate use in their communities. A full conference agenda can be found here.

“Since our inception in 2007, when counties and core anchor institutions in North Georgia first teamed up to boost the region’s economic development through high-speed infrastructure, our goal has been to help rural communities access Internet speeds that rival the fastest in the world and then leverage this asset to their benefit,” says Paul Belk, President & CEO, NGN. “As part of NGN’s Georgia Gigabit Communities initiative and in partnership with the Fiber Network Owners Alliance (FNA), we welcome the Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference to Georgia and look forward to hearing from experts from around the country as they discuss how to make better broadband a reality for rural America.”

2017 Economic Development Conference Details:

WHEN: November 7 – 9, 2017

WHERE: Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: For a full list, visit www.bbcmag.com/atlanta/who-should-attend

For more information and to register, visit www.bbcmag.com/atlanta.