Dear NATOA Members and Friends:
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On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us in San Francisco for NATOA’s 31st Annual Conference – “Gigabit Communities.”  Our conference theme emphasizes the state of broadband in the United States and how it can lead to government savings as well as create jobs and build stronger communities, the state of access programming, the implications of online video programming, and the explosion in wireless broadband and its impact on government operations.  

This year’s conference will equip you with tools to address the myriad issues facing today’s local government communications professionals, beginning with our pre-conference seminars on Using Broadband to Deliver Local Government Savings and advanced training for programmers at the Bay Area Video Coalition. Get the information you need about the scholarship, best practices, and emerging ideas about the link between broadband, shared services and government cost savings, using E-Rate to bolster your community network, and using broadband to enhance training opportunities. Programmers will hone their skills with a full day of advanced training in FinalCut Pro Editing and Photoshop at deeply discounted rates.  

The Annual Conference offers the best in networking opportunities with experts in communications regulation, programming, information technology and broadband network deployment and management.  Session topics range from social networking, operating PEG facilities in a time of tight budgets, producing multi-media content, addressing challenges in deployment of 4G wireless broadband facilities and promoting broadband adoption.  Our excellent speaker lineup includes FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist (and his new online project, craigconnects, http://craigconnects.org/). Back by popular demand, there will also be an incredible all day Storytelling Workshop on Thursday, September 22nd.  

The 2011 NATOA Community Broadband Awards will highlight the outstanding efforts of local governments to provide broadband services within and to their communities.  Our 26th Annual Government Programming Awards Gala, being held on Friday, September 23rd celebrates the finest in local government programming.  

This year’s conference agenda is sure to inspire and educate our members and colleagues.  Plan to join us in San Francisco as we move toward a nation of Gigabit Communities!

Ken Fellman
President