Reach key decision makers from the nation’s leading gigabit cities and help them leverage new technology for community impact.

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Gold Sponsors

BHC Rhodes was founded in 1992 to deliver outstanding expertise in engineering and surveying services. Our team of professionals strive to be recognized leaders in our industry by staying engaged with our customers and in our profession.

We take pride and ownership for being selected as one of the Zweig Group’s 2016 Hot Firm, Kansas City Business Journal’s Champions of Business, ranked #4 in the Kansas City Business Journal’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Businesses and named on their list of Top Engineering Firms. We continually place on Ingram’s Magazine Corporate Report honor roll and have been included for long-term revenue growth for eleven years. BHC RHODES is a trademark of Brungardt Honomichl & Company, P.A.

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Google Fiber starts with a connection that’s up to 1,000 megabits per second. Instant downloads. TV like no other. And endless possibilities.

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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens.

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Silver Sponsor

Plexpod is a network of coworking spaces where any freelancer, start-up or small business can enjoy dynamic office space & shared resources within a culture of community and growth. Our goal is to create spaces for creators, whether they’re creating a new business, an app, or a spreadsheet.

We are centered around the idea of Community. In the words of Walt Disney, “you can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality”. We believe amazing things happen when you pair interested people with inspiring spaces.

We believe anything is possible at Plexpod. Dream accordingly when you are here.

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Bronze Sponsors

Mozilla’s mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An Internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.

At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.

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US Ignite fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. By engaging diverse public and private leaders, we “ignite” the development and deployment of new apps with profound impact on how Americans work, live, learn and play.

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Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in creating critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. With more than 100 years of service, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in more than 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our Smart Integrated Infrastructure business supports the innovations of utilities and cities by establishing the foundation of all smart functions and offering solutions that boost transformation, resiliency, and efficiency, and cultivate new system-wide intelligence at utilities, along roadways, in cities and beyond.

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B&V on Twitter @Black_Veatch @BVSII

Located in the heart of the Midwest, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri (EDCKC) is a recognized economic development leader. With a mission to attract and retain businesses domestically and internationally, the EDCKC serves as a resource and advocate to cultivate the competitiveness of business locating or expanding to the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Serving as a liaison between City departments, businesses and the development community, the EDCKC provides financial and informational assistance, workforce resources, customized research services and more to ensure the City’s strategic economic development and quality job choice for our residents.

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Broadband Communities is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises while keeping readers up to date on the available solutions capable of serving their practical needs. BC offers in-depth news, expert insights, and practical know-how on the technical, business, financial, and legal aspects of outfitting properties and communities with broadband solutions. With a focus on residential buildings, developments, and municipalities, BC helps the large-scale and wholesale buyers and users of broadband technologies, equipment, and services competitively distinguish their properties and communities in a rapidly changing marketplace.

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Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses of all sizes and wireless companies and carriers, across a 24-state service area. Leveraging its advanced fiber optic network spanning more than 36,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: data, voice, video, managed services, cloud computing and wireless backhaul. Headquartered in Mattoon, IL, Consolidated Communications has been providing services in many of its markets for more than a century.

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Across the country, innovative municipalities are recognizing the importance of leveraging gigabit level internet to attract new business and create jobs, improve health care and education, ensure civic participation, and connect residents to new opportunities. Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating these successes, demonstrating their value, and helping other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable, and accessible broadband.

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Next Century Cities on Twitter @NextCentCit

Established in 1991, MOREnet, The Missouri Research and Education Network, is a business unit of the University of Missouri. MOREnet provides Internet connectivity, technical services, resources, support and professional development to Missouri’s public sector entities. The consortium consists of more than 700 members across Missouri- schools, libraries, health care and government.  Local government has enough priorities to shuffle; MOREnet understands your unique technology needs, whether that’s a simple website to tailor-made disaster recovery or cyber security protection.

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Participating Sponsor

Sherpa Fiber builds and supports open access high-speed dark fiber networks for under-served broadband communities in the contiguous U.S. We love fast, reliable, and affordable networks that benefit municipalities, the public, and the internet service providers who serve them.

Sherpa Fiber is different in that we do not provide service directly to end users except for the municipality government. Instead our role is to finance, build, own, and operate the core fiber ring network in a city, and then lease fiber to the service providers who service enterprise and residential customers.

Sherpa Fiber’s mission is to deliver Gigabit-ready fiber networks that (1) increase employment opportunities and enhance educational success for citizens, (2) enable municipalities to adopt cutting-edge technologies to more efficiently serve residents, and (3) provide fellow carriers and service providers the ability to enter new markets or expand current service offerings more cost effectively.

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OSIsoft, a global leader in operational intelligence, delivers an open enterprise infrastructure to connect sensor-based data, operations and people to enable real-time and actionable insights. As the maker of the PI System, OSIsoft empowers companies across a range of industries in activities such as exploration, extraction, production, generation, process and discrete manufacturing, distribution and services to leverage streaming data to optimize and enrich their businesses.

For over thirty years, OSIsoft customers have embraced the PI System to deliver process, quality, energy, regulatory compliance, safety, security and asset health improvements across their operations. Founded in 1980, OSIsoft is a privately-held company, headquartered in San Leandro, California, U.S.A, with offices around the world.

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