County Case Studies
May 20, 2013 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Description of Program
The importance of a robust broadband infrastructure to ensuring a high quality of life, facilitating job creation efforts and generating efficiencies in government operations has been well established. Despite a recognized need, communities around the state are still struggling to deploy this critical infrastructure. This is primarily due to a variety of factors, including a lack of financial resources, the need to better educate the public, and an incomplete picture of the community's needs and existing capabilities. Through this webinar, learn how to get started in developing your own plan for community-wide broadband deployment and hear from three counties who have addressed the issue in their own regions. From idea to final result, you will learn how these counties, with substantially different needs and demographics, navigated the tricky landscape of achieving near ubiquitous coverage.
Allen J. Buechel, County Executive, Fond du Lac County
Allen Buechel has served as Fond du Lac County Executive since 1993 after serving on the Fond du Lac County Board for 17 years. Allen worked in sales management for 22 years prior to his first election to the County Executive position.
Martin Lacock, Chief Information Officer, Kenosha County
Mr. Lacock is an information technology professional with extensive experience managing technology governance, infrastructure, help desk, voice/data management, and delivery of services to achieve business objectives. Mr. Lacock has demonstrated success providing best practices through outsourced service providers. He is experienced in both public and private sectors having previously worked at Case New Holland, NetDox, SunGard, and SC Johnson.Allen J. Buechel, County Executive, Fond du Lac County.
Trena Larson, Administrative Coordinator/Director of Finance, Adams County
Trena Larson serves Adams County, Wisconsin, as the Administrative Coordinator/Director of Finance. She is experienced in both public and private sectors having previously worked at Black River Falls Municipal Utilities, Logistics Health Inc., Dippen Management Company.
Elizabeth Stephens, Membership and External Affairs Manager, Wisconsin Counties Association
Ms. Stephens first joined WCA in 2010 as the association's transportation, environment and agriculture Legislative Associate after serving as staff to several members of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, including the Committee's Senate Co-Chair. After serving as a nationwide bond issuing authority's Program Manager, Ms. Stephens rejoined WCA as its Membership & External Affairs Manager and has served in that capacity since 2012. Ms. Stephens holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science, International Relations and Southeast Asian Studies. Ms. Stephens resides in Madison with her husband and Dane County Board Supervisor Jeremy Levin and their dog Delilah.
Cost & LogisticsRegistration is free of charge. The registration deadline is May 17, 2013. After completing your registration, you will receive an email with a custom link and instructions on how to participate in the webinar.