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March of 2011, The People of Kansas City, Kansas rejoiced that Google had
picked them to be the very first city in the nation to be a part of its Gigabit
fiber initiative. Up until the time that the actual announcement was made,
nearly 1,100 cities petitioned Google to be the city, including Topeka, Kansas,
which changed its name to Google in hopes of winning the award.
than two years later, Kansas City now has several thousand homes with Google
Fiber to the home, while in St. Louis The Loop Media Hub initiative will
include a Gigabit Fiber and wireless network that will become the first "boutique Gigabit
Mainstreet” construction to take place
during The Loop Trolley construction
window fall 2013.
this session, David
Sandel President of Sandel & Associates, leadership from The Kansas City
Google Fiber initiative and members from The Loop Media Hub leadership team will come together and
review both of these exciting Gigabit initiatives as well as the collaboration
that has taken place between the two cities.
Following the presentation a
panel session and round-table Q+A will take place.
David Sandel - President
David is an accomplished Gigabit City executive focused on leadership,
planning and the successful execution of Gigabit Community or Smart City
economic development initiatives. As
President of Sandel & Associates, David and his team work with cities,
community organizations and service providers to develop plans for the economic
development of their Gigabit Community or Smart City. In this regard, David
currently serves as an advisor to the Google Fiber Mayors Bi-state Innovation
Team MBIT and Mid-America Regional Council MARC of Kansas City.
David is also the founder of The
Gigabit City Summit. The Gigabit City Summit is a
telepresence based global round-table which explores the issues of leadership,
funding, economic development and collaboration that are central to the success
of all Gigabit Community or Smart City initiatives. Cities that have
participated in the global round-table thus far include San Francisco, Kansas
City, St. Louis, Toronto, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Singapore.
From 2001-2008, David served as President of The St. Louis
Regional Exchange Collaborative and was appointed by local government and
Washington University to lead, fund and execute a plan for the economic
development of the St. Louis metropolitan Internet - the first appointment of
its kind in the United States. During this same period, David was also the
co-founder of Datotel, a managed
services and Cloud provider. As a result of these combined work experiences,
David has significant business development and contractual experience in both
the public and private sectors including municipal utilities, local government,
education, public safety, healthcare, energy management and service provider
From 1997 – 2001 David was a senior systems engineer in the Cisco
Service Provider division located in Tulsa Oklahoma where he worked in the
product development labs of WorldCom, Williams Communications and Brooks fiber.
During this period, David was the lead designer of WorldCom's MAE East and MAE
West exchange points and Williams Communications private line backbone. While
at Cisco Systems ,David received several awards for Excellence, Product
Development and Innovation.
David received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he also attended graduate
school. He has also served on a variety of state and local government economic
development councils as well as regional and entrepreneurial planning boards.