Utah Communities Connect: Utah’s Digital Alliance endeavors to bring awareness and action to
our communities concerning information communication technologies around access, devices,
and education. At the summit on October 8th, we will convene local leaders from government,
education, nonprofits, libraries, service providers, and others to discuss digital inclusion efforts,
raise awareness, and identify opportunities for community members and stakeholders working
toward digital equity in Utah.


9:00 AM | Welcome and keynote addresses by Kelleigh Cole and Mallory Bateman

10:00 AM | Two rounds of breakout sessions on: Education, Healthcare, Civic Engagement, Economic Opportunity, Accessibility, Digital Literacy in the Community.

12:00 PM | Lunch, Networking, and Awards Presentation with Mayor Jackie Biskupski

Main Library, Salt Lake City Public Library*
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

*Parking Validation for the Library garage will be available to full conference attendees.

For questions or comments email Shauna Edson at sedson@slcpl.org

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Tuesday, October 8

8:45am MDT

Welcome and Keynote Speakers
9:00 AM Welcome from Peter Bromberg and Shauna Edson. Keynote speakers Kelleigh Cole and Mallory Bateman. Livestream can be found at the Utah Communities Connect Website.

ASL Interpreters provided

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Peter Bromberg

Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library
Peter Bromberg has served as the Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City, Utah since September, 2016. In his first year he was able to pass a 23.3% budget increase, creating $1.5 million in new funding for long-term facilities maintenance, while also... Read More →
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Shauna Edson

Digital Inclusion Coordinator, Salt Lake City Public Library
Shauna is the Digital Inclusion Coordinator at The Salt Lake City Public Library. She leads the library’s digital inclusion initiative, the Tech League, and works with library staff and community partners to create long-term digital inclusion programming in the communities the Library’s... Read More →
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Rebecca Dilg

Rural Outreach Manager, GOED
I facilitate the Utah Broadband Advisory Council and promote quality job creation in rural Utah counties as the Outreach Manager for the Office of Rural Development at the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
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Kelleigh Cole

Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Utah Education and Telehealth Network
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Mallory Bateman

State Data Center Coordinator and Senior Research Analyst, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Tuesday October 8, 2019 8:45am - 9:50am MDT
Nancy Tessman Auditorium, Main Library

9:50am MDT

Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Sponsored by Salt Lake City Public Library

Tuesday October 8, 2019 9:50am - 10:05am MDT
Conference Room B, Main Library

10:05am MDT

Access Outside the Classroom
Presenters will discuss ways education is leaving the classroom and how students in Utah are finding unique ways to connect.  

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Kelleigh Cole

Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Utah Education and Telehealth Network

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Todd Call


Patricia Tompkins

Librarian, Iron County Mobile Library, Utah State Library Division
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Scot McCombs

Director of Information Technology, Canyons School District
Scot McCombs - Director of Information Technology / Canyons School District, Scot has amassed over 25 years of experience in technology and has a unique blend of expertise in leadership, strategic planning, process development, along with in-depth technical knowledge. Beginning in... Read More →

Tuesday October 8, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am MDT
Conference Room C, Main Library

10:05am MDT

Digital Accessibility
Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application or electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by a wide range of users, including those users who have visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities.  If you have a policy to be digitally accessible, it means that your company is committed to ensuring its website, mobile apps, PDF documents, electronic statements and invoices and job application forms are all free of barriers that might prevent people with vision, hearing, mobility and other disabilities from using them
· Assistive software, also called adaptive software, refers to computer programs designed for specialized hardware used by physically challenged people.
· Assistive technology is a set of devices intended to help people who have disabilities
· Digital describes electronic technology that generates, stores, and processes data in terms of two states: positive and non-positive.
· Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.
· Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential
· Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies.

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Celina Milner

Senior Advisor for Diversity and Human Rights, Salt Lake City Corporation

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Faye Edebiri

Interim Director, Salt Lake Community College
Universal Design Learning, inclusivity, access, and my love for working at Salt Lake Community College!
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Mana Eini

Software Engineer II, Western Governor's University
Mana has been a software engineer for over 6 years. In her current role, she is the subject matter expert in digital accessibility where she implements designs that are not only compliant but user friendly. Mana is not only a programmer but also a performing artist rapping in English... Read More →
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Jamie Bird

Assistive Technology Coordinator, Salt Lake Community College
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Everette Bacon

Field Services Coordinator; President, Utah Services for the Blind; National Federation of the Blind of Utah
Anything related to issues for persons who are blind or have low vision. This includes Technology, Advocacy, services, both in Utah and nation wide.
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Jonathan Whiting

Director of Training, WebAim
Jonathan is the director of training at WebAIM. His main passion is helping others learn to make the web more accessible to people with disabilities. Jonathan is also currently involved in the GOALS Project, a program to assist institutions of higher education in improving their accessibility system-wide. With a master's degree in instructional technology and over fifteen years of experience in the field of web accessibility, Jonathan has published dozens of articles, tutorials, and other... Read More →

Tuesday October 8, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am MDT
Conference Room A, Main Library

10:05am MDT

Digital Civic Engagement
This panel will explore the complexities of digital civic engagement. In our modern world, we take digital access to our elected officials and government for granted but what happens when government itself creates barriers to access? This session will feature local government leaders and civics professionals as discussion the implications of digital inclusion work in civic affairs. 

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Turner C. Bitton

Executive Director, West View Media
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Bill Morris

Bill Morris was born and raised in Weber County. He attended Weber High School and Weber State University. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Subsequently, he attended the University of Wyoming where he received his Juris Doctorate... Read More →
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Tiffany Clason

District Director, Congressman Ben McAdams, UT 04
Tiffany Clason serves as District Director for Congressman Ben McAdams, UT04. Prior to this role she served as the Community Engagement and Outreach Manager for the Salt Lake County Mayor’s office. Previously, she worked for Utah Governor Gary Herbert as Director of Constituent... Read More →
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Max Green

Advocacy Coordinator, Equality Utah
Max Green was born in Ogden, Utah in 1988. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Utah where he studied American History. Max served an internship with The ACLU of Utah, working for the Legislative and Policy Counsel until he began working as the Advocacy Coordinator... Read More →

Tuesday October 8, 2019 10:05am - 10:55am MDT
Conference Room B, Main Library

11:10am MDT

Digital Inclusion and Economic Opportunity
Digital inclusion efforts contribute to the economic development of our state in workforce training, tech innovation, entrepreneurship and small business development. This panel will discuss how to create better synergy with digital infrastructure and digital inclusion goals.

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Vikram Ravi

Utah Communities Connect

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Drew Clark

Editor and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com
BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney at The CommLaw Group. He has closely tracked the trends in and mechanics of digital infrastructure for 20 years, and has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers navigate coverage, identify markets, broker infrastructure, and operate in the public right of way.">Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher... Read More →
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Keith Heaton

Community Development Director, Utah Department of Workforce Services
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Justin Fazzari

Economist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Broadband USA
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Shawn Beus

Director of Small Business Development Center, Weber State University

Tuesday October 8, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm MDT
Conference Room B, Main Library

11:10am MDT

Digital Literacy in the Community
Digital technology is integral to navigating life in the US and crucial to the development of safety, stability, and success. A growing number of community organizations have made it a priority to assist people to participate in the ever expanding digital world we live in and to make it possible for them to leverage these tools to meet their basic needs. Digital tools training include use of, and access to, a smartphone, home internet, and a computer, and in some cases hands-on instruction on using technology for basic needs, transit, communicating through email, and accessing online resources for healthcare and job searches. Today’s panelists represent organizations that emphasize programming to empower people to not only access these tools, but leverage them for their individual career, educational, and personal goals.

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Krysti Nellermoe

Education Program Supervisor, International Rescue Committee
Krysti Nellermoe is the Education Program Supervisor at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City, UT. The IRC in Salt Lake City provides services for refugees, asylees, and other immigrants to help them to thrive in the U.S. Krysti oversee the Youth, ESL, and Digital... Read More →
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Macee Rea

Digital Inclusion Coordinator, International Rescue Committee
The Digital Inclusion Program at the IRC in SLC started in 2017 with three main aims; 1. to get clients access to affordable broadband internet in their homes, 2. to get clients access to devices with which to access the tech world, and 3. to educate clients on being digital citizens... Read More →

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Ginger Tolman

Regional Director, Community Partnerships & Education, Utah NonProfit Housing Corporation
Our work at UNPHC is to engage our partnerships in the technology and filmmaking sectors to accelerate and amplify our digital inclusion initiative. Getting equipment, advanced training, and educational opportunities into the hands of every resident.
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Catherine Draper

Digital Inclusion VISTA, United Way of Utah County
Health promotion, outreach, volunteer management, grant writing, technology and partnership forming are a few of my favorite things.Catherine Draper is from Sacramento, California. She has lived in Utah for 12 years and lives in Orem with her spouse and two children. Catherine loves... Read More →
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Matt Heider

Technology Associate, Salt Lake City Public Library
Matt Heider is a library/technology associate at the Salt Lake City Public Library, working in the Technology Access department where he teaches classes, assists library users with digital technology and conducts community outreaches. He has worked with several local agencies supporting... Read More →
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Amie Rosenberg

Instructor, Refugee & Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah

Tuesday October 8, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm MDT
Conference Room C, Main Library

11:10am MDT

Healthcare and Digital Patients
This panel will discuss the use and integration of online resources/connections with patients.  

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Charles Baldwin

CEO, BitStream Communications, Inc.
Mr. Baldwin is a telecommunications & economic development expert. He has been crucial in building fiber / wireless networks on 5 continents and was a key figure in the Broadband Stimulus programs. He is active in assisting rural & Native communities with their infrastructure needs... Read More →
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Jacob Brace

Government and Community Affairs Manager, Google Fiber

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Joel Macey

Executive Director, Intermountain Health | Homecare & Hospice
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Elizabeth Craig

Medicaid Manager, SelectHealth
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Deb LaMarche

Associate Director, Utah Education & Telehealth Network
Telehealth;USAC Rural Health Care Program, which provides universal service discounts on telecommunications services for eligible health care providers serving rural and under-served populations.
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Jonathan Nellermoe

Program Manager at the Center for Global Strategy, University of Utah School of Medicine

Tuesday October 8, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm MDT
Conference Room A, Main Library

12:00pm MDT

Lunch and Digital Equity Awards Presented by Mayor Jackie Biskupski
The inaugural Utah Communities Connect Digital Equity Award Luncheon will feature Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski as presenter. This year, two awards will be made. One will recognize an outstanding individual who has truly made a difference in the field of Digital Equity; the other will acknowledge an up-and-coming Digital Inclusion Practitioner.

The lunch and awards ceremony is sponsored by Google Fiber and the Governor's Office for Economic Development. Seating is limited to the first 90 people registered to attend this session.


Tuesday October 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Level 4 Conference Room, Main Library