June 17, 2021

Public forum will consider improving digital resources in rural communities

Purdue University and Future of Tech Commission unite experts from around Indiana in next leg of national town hall tour

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University, in partnership with the Future of Tech Commission, will host a virtual public forum on Wednesday (June 23) for discussion on improving access to digital resources for rural communities. The public is invited to join the session, which will inform a set of recommendations on sustainable, inclusive and bipartisan tech policies to be presented to the White House. 

The forum is part of the Future of Tech Commission’s national town hall tour to gather expert and public input on making technology safe, equitable and trustworthy. Centering on federal and state policies and public-private partnerships, the discussion will focus on equitable access to broadband, digital solutions to sustainable agriculture practices, and adapting to economic opportunities in a digital market and workplace.

Opening speakers:

  • Margaret Spellings, co-commissioner, Future of Tech Commission. 


  • Roberto Gallardo, director, Purdue Center for Regional Development.


  • Mung Chiang, Purdue’s executive vice president for strategic initiatives and the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering.
  • Jason Henderson, director, Purdue Extension.
  • Lisa Abbott, vice president of economic and community development, Regional Opportunity Initiative.
  • Matt Crouch, deputy director, Indiana Office of Community Affairs.
  • Earnie Holtrey, project manager, Indiana Broadband Office.
  • Lee Lewellen, president and CEO, Indiana Economic Development Association.
  • Tony London, commissioner, Bartholomew County.
  • Mike Perleberg, executive director, One Dearborn Inc.
  • Jeff Plasterer, executive director, Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Council.
  • Carol Yeend, co-chair, Rush County Broadband Task Force.


WHERE:          https://www.cla.purdue.edu/deans-office/futureoftech.html


About the Future of Tech Commission

The Future of Technology Commission is a private, independent, and bipartisan working group developed in response to discussions with the White House and the Federal Communication Commission to recommend a comprehensive tech policy agenda for the nation. This group of leaders will be instrumental in capturing feedback from diverse communities and groups across the country that include local leaders and national policy experts. They will then help ideate and craft key tech policy measures and set the stage to implement a robust tech agenda with bipartisan support. The commission will release its findings publicly and seeks to support an action plan that outlines the potential of public-private and state-federal partnerships to provide access, safety and accountability as well as supports for innovations that the American public deserve. Learn more at Futureoftechcommission.org.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked the No. 5 Most Innovative University in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://purdue.edu/.

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