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Broadband seminar celebrates Glenwood’s golden spike connecting city to new frontier

Carrie ClickPost Independent Staff
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Kristin Johnson compares the emergence of broadband Internet access in rural Colorado in the 21st century to the arrival of the railroads in the 19th century. To officially kick off Glenwood Springs’ new broadband, or fiber optic, network, town officials are presenting a free two-day seminar starting Thursday, April 24, and ending with a celebration party on Friday, April 25, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The seminar is free and open to the public and is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, while the party, with demonstrations, drawings, food and drinks, is from 7-10 p.m. Friday.”Communities that take the time to embrace the challenges that broadband presents today will be first in line to reap the immense benefits it provides tomorrow,” said Johnson, a consultant with the state of Colorado’s Multi-Use Network program. Its aim is to establish broadband access across the state.Business people may drop by the seminar one or both days to discuss all things broadband with a variety of vendors who will have booths set up at the Community Center. There will be hands-on demonstrations, information on getting connected to Glenwood’s broadband, video conferencing capabilities and the latest in technology. Speakers, including Tom Clark, Jr., of Clark’s Markets and Jeff Mozingo of Alne Banks, will explain how broadband positively affects their businesses. Talks will be broken into topics such as retail, entrepreneurial, tourism, real estate and financial services to show how different businesses benefit from broadband connections. As of press time, the speakers’ schedules were not finalized, but they will be published before the conference starts on Thursday. On Friday evening, keynote speaker Tom Eid, executive director for the department of personnel and administration for the state of Colorado, will introduce the Broadband Celebration Party at 7 p.m. by speaking on the impact broadband has on Colorado’s economy – and rural communities in particular. The event is being sponsored by the city of Glenwood Springs, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Colorado Mountain College’s Small Business Development Center and the state of Colorado. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.comStrike up the broadband What: A free two-day seminar open to the public for local businesspeopleWhen: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, April 24-25Where: Glenwood Springs Community CenterDetails:-Speakers discussing the benefits of broadband.-Vendor booths.-Keynote speaker Tom Eid discussing the impact of broadband on Colorado at 7 p.m. on Friday.-A free Broadband Celebration Party from 7-10 p.m., on Friday.Information: Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 945-6589


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