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Community Development Events

Digital Inclusion Summit

Dallas Fed

As the digital economy grows, digital inclusion represents economic inclusion leading to better outcomes in: civic engagement, education, employment, financial services, and health and household financial stability, among other key areas of economic growth. However, broadband access and adoption continue to lag behind for certain population segments including low-income communities. At the summit on Aug. 6, we convened local leaders from the city, county, education sector, financial institutions, foundations, nonprofits and others to discuss collaborative approaches to achieving digital equity and inclusion for all Dallas communities.

Topics covered in this one-day conference included:

  • Digital inclusion, economic growth and mobility
  • Broadband access and infrastructure
  • Digital skills gap in the workforce
  • Affordable internet services and devices
  • Bridging the digital divide in Dallas: A solutions showcase

Our partners in planning this event include the City of Dallas, Dallas County, Dallas County Community College District, Dallas Innovation Alliance, Paul Quinn College, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas.


August 6
8:30 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Alfreda B. Norman
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
9:15 a.m.

The Digital Divide and Economic Mobility

Jordana Barton
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Susan Hoff
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Public Assets and Infrastructure

Gabriel Garcia
CPS Energy, San Antonio

Hugh Miller
City of Dallas

Dwight Thomas
City of Mont Belvieu

Moderated by:  Joanne Hovis
CTC Technology & Energy, Kensington, Maryland

11:00 a.m. The Digital Skills Gap in the Workforce

Laila Alequresh
City of Dallas

Laurie Bouillon Larrea
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas

Pamela Luckett
Dallas County Community College District

Moderated by: Jordana Barton

12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: How Cities Are Empowering Communities with Digital Inclusion Initiatives

Francella Ochillo
Next Century Cities, Washington, DC

Introduced by: Kathryn de Wit
Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1:30 p.m. Affordable Internet Services and Devices

Angela Siefer
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Columbus, Ohio

Olivia Wein
National Consumer Law Center, Washington, DC

Lemuel Williams
Williams Strategies, Austin

Moderated by: Roy C. Lopez
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

2:15 p.m. Digital Inclusion and Economic Development and Smart Cities

Deb Socia
The Enterprise Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Rene Gonzalez
Lit Communities, San Antonio

Ben Magill
Dallas County Community College District

Moderated by: Kathryn de Wit

3:00 p.m.

Next Steps in the Dallas Digital Inclusion Strategy

Jennifer Sanders
Dallas Innovation Alliance

3:15 p.m. Solutions Showcase | Atrium
4:00 p.m. Adjourn
For More Information

Contact Julie Gunter with any questions.