On Wednesday, April 17, Sly James, mayor of Kansas City, Mo., and Joe Reardon, former mayor-CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kan., will be recognized with Cornerstone Awards for their work in bringing Google Fiber to the Kansas City region.
Google Fiber first came to Kansas City, Kan., then after several months, it was added to Kansas City, Mo.
The awards will be presented at the Cornerstone Awards Luncheon in Dallas, Texas, as part of the annual Broadband Communities Summit. “The awards recognize far-seeing projects that bring advanced broadband to end users in the U.S. and abroad,” said Scott DeGarmo, CEO of Broadband Communities Magazine.
In selecting James and Reardon, the Broadband Communities panel of judges noted the historic effect of the Google Fiber project, calling it “an incredible achievement of communities.”
The Kansas City region will be highlighted in several sessions at the three-day conference. Area panelists include Rick Usher, assistant to the city manager in Kansas City, Mo.; Steve Fennel, director of telecommunications outreach at the University of Kansas Medical Center; Aaron Deacon, managing director of KC Digital Drive; Mike Burke, co-chair of the Mayors’ Bistate Innovations Team and KC Digital Drive Advisory Council; and Damon Porter from MO Broadband Now. The keynote address will be delivered by Milo Medin, vice president of Google Fiber.
“We’re thrilled to see Mayors James and Reardon receive national recognition for their roles in bringing this important asset to the region,” said David Warm, executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council. “But we’re even more pleased with the time and resources that both cities have devoted to helping the entire region take full advantage of the high-speed fiber network.”
MARC provided administrative support to the Mayors’ Bistate Innovations Team as it developed a “playbook” that identifies creative uses of the Google infrastructure and ways to market the region’s high-speed fiber connectivity in recruiting business, industry and institutional interests to the area. In late 2012, MARC launched KC Digital Drive, a group devoted to implementing the ideas presented in the playbook.