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Building Smart(er) Communities 2019

  • Pablo Center at the Confluence - North Rehearsal 322 128 Graham Avenue Eau Claire, WI, 54701 United States (map)
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October 23, 2019

Pablo Center at the Confluence
128 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Join us in Eau Claire on October 23 for our annual event that provides community leaders and IT professionals with valuable connections: to information and stories and to each other.

Come to Pablo Center at the Confluence to learn about how local communities and anchor institutions collaborate and use collective knowledge to serve their constituents. Using the framework of a Community Area Network (CAN), communities and organizations do amazing things— listen to the stories from fellow WiscNet members and learn creative ways they help their organizations and communities prepare for the technologies of today and tomorrow. (See the agenda-in-progress below!)

Connecting People social on October 22

Arriving the night before? Spend some time hanging out and chatting with WiscNet staff and members from 6-8pm at:
The Livery, 316 Wisconsin St, Eau Claire, WI 54703

Hotel accommodations

We have room blocks at two hotels close to Pablo Center:

The Lismore Hotel Eau Claire
333 Gibson St, Eau Claire, WI 54701
10 Rooms at $159.00 
This block is available until October 1 — call (715) 835-8888 and mention WiscNet to get the group rate

The Oxbow Hotel
516 Galloway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703
16 rooms at $99; 14 rooms at $109
This block available until September 22 — call (715) 839-0601 and mention WiscNet to get the group rate


8:30-9:00am — Breakfast and Networking

9:00-9:15am — Welcome to Eau Claire and the Pablo Center

9:15-9:45am — Guest speaker: David Mortimer from Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)
From Silos to Bridges: Collective Action to Build Rural Healthcare Capacity and Thriving Communities

9:45-10:00am — Refreshment break

10:00-10:45am — Communities of Practice: Collaboration Stories

10:45-11:15am — Guest speaker: Marta Bechtol from the Educational Communications Board
”Wisconsin’s Educational Communications Board (ECB): Working Together to Bridge the Digital Divide”

11:15am-12:00pm — Communities of Practice: Broadband Planning

12:00-1:00pm — Networking lunch

1:00-1:45pm — Guest speaker: Gavin Luter, UniverCity Alliance, UW Madison
"Smart Communities Require Thought Partners: How Higher Education Collaborates to Improve Localities through UniverCity Alliance"

1:45-2:15pm — Guest Speaker: Karalyn Kratowicz, City of Madison, Performance Excellence Specialist
From Imagination to Results – a 20 year Vision for Community Growth and Organizing

2:15 — Break

2:30 — 3:15pm Table Talks: Framing a Problem and Learning a Process to Benefit Your Community

3:15 — 3::30pm: WiscNet’s Role as a Research and Education Platform: Brian Remer, WiscNet CTO

3:30 — 3:45pm — Wrap-up

Printable Agenda

Everything else

For questions, concerns, special requests, or anything not covered here, contact Sarah Miller at 608-210-3957 or sarahmiller@wiscnet.net