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The Future of all American Cities - The Loop Media Hub & Kansas City Google Fiber
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When: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Registration & Networking: 6-7 pm, Program: 7-8:30 pm
Where: Washington University
Whitaker Hall
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri  63130-4899
United States

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In 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.

Less 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.

In 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 Internet infrastructure.

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.

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