Celebrating Rural Georgia 2013- Rachel Payne
October 30, 2013 I had a chance to attend "Celebrating Rural Georgia" at the UGA Conference Center. I have never been before since I am new to the Rural Studies Program. Once we got seated down, the Governor (Nathan Deal) spoke with us and how he wants Georgia to develop together and that means rural community growth. He have a few examples on how rural towns grew because of different business locating in those rural towns. After he spoke, I thought to myself this day must be very important if the governor is going to speak with us.
After that, A panel spoke about to us about celebrating digital Georgia. Listening to Bill Price, Bailey White, Dr. Eric Corban, David Howerin, and Suleima Salgado taught us how important it is for a community to keep up with technology. Technology is changing everyday. Bailey White showed us a surgery on "what you could not imagine yourself living without". The number one thing people could not live without was their cellphone, then internet ranking second. Third was their vehicle and the last was their current partner. That surgery right there shows how important it is for rural communities to have internet and phone towers. It was a great experience to attend celebrating rural Georgia. I will definitely be going back next year and I recommend attending to everyone.
On October 30th, I attended Celebrating Rural Georgia at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton, GA. Being new to the rural studies program, I had my doubts as to how well the program would be. However, that all changed, once I heard from all the guest speakers in the panel: Broadband Initiative. One guest speaker in particular, Mr. Bailey White, illustrated a map of Georgia in which had broadband areas. To my surprise, a good portion of the state was red (which indicates broadband areas) and it wasn't predominantly in the Atlanta area. Furthermore, he also posted a survey in which people couldn't live without. Of the four items listed (Mobile phone, Internet, Car and Current Partner), 84% of people couldn't live their lives without the Internet. That's a lot higher number than I ever imagined.
Overall, the conference provided a well insight knowledge has to how Georgia officials are trying to improve in rural areas such as my own hometown of Ashburn. If I had the opportunity to go next year to this conference, I would do it in a heartbeat and I recommend that if you get a chance, you should go as well.
At the Celebrating Rural Georgia Conference on Wednesday, October 30, Bailey White spoke about broadband and it's role in developing digital Georgia. According to White, the online market has skyrocketed and businesses now rank the internet as the fourth most important resource for business only behind labor costs, highways, and skilled labor. The main purpose for expanding broadband, White stated, is to help Georgians compete online.
Business is not the only market that has been digitally growing. Life itself has been changing to fit the digital online lifestyle. White explained that in a survey taken by teens and young adults, cell phones and internet were the top two things that the survey takers could not live without.
What does the growing online market and lifestyle mean for rural America? It means that without increasing access to broadband, rural communities and businesses will be left behind in the dust. While a lot of rural communities do have access to broadband services there are still communities out there that do not have access. Without broadband access it will be very difficult to grow these communities.
To see the places where Georgia is digitally connected visit: www.digital.georgia.gov/maps
This is the second year in a row I was able to attend the Celebrating Rural Georgia Conference held at the UGA Conference Center. They had an amazing line up of speakers who were very educational. A portion of the conference that was particularly interesting was on Celebrating Digital Georgia. There was a panel of five people who each gave a short segment on Georgia’s technological advancements that also brought to light Georgia’s Broadband Initiative. There was one panelist who was most appealing, Dr, Eric Corban, inventor of the new guided systems also known as drones. He explained these unmanned air crafts would make a large positive economic impact. They cover 100% of the ground, better image quality, excellent disaster response, save on fuel cost, and people are safer because the no longer have to be inside the plane. With these advancements as well as increased awareness conferences such as these that explain broadband mapping our state and its people can only become more aware and better prepared for our bright future.
This past Wednesday (10/30/2013) a special conference was held at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton, GA. This conference is call "Celebrating Rural Georgia", there were many topics discussed, but one in particular seemed to catch the attention of a lot the attendees: Rural Broadband.
There were four presenters in this portion of the conference and each of them had a different perspective on the issue. Bailey While of Civitium gave a over view of where Georgia stands with broadband and it was quite impressive. For more information on that subject there is a very informative website: http://gta.georgia.gov/egap/digital-georgia
Overall, the conference was very informative and I got a lot out of it. The state of Georgia is a constantly growing and developing state. With constant improvement in multiple fields I see many good things happening in the future of the state in not only broadband, but medical and many more areas.
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