Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard will be a speaker at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference September 21-25 in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Richard will speak at 9:45 a.m. (Indiana time) Friday, September 23. Mayor Richard will participate in a panel discussion on “Competing Visions of the Broadband Future.”

Mayor Richard will discuss how Fort Wayne will use fiber-to-the-premises and broadband technology as a catalyst for a high performance government and private investment.

The Mayor will explain the City’s Innovation Initiative, which is designed to create new services for business owners, employees and residents. This community engagement effort uses Innovators Forums, iTeams for Broadband and a venture capital fund that has been established at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Mayor Richard will also discuss how fiber can help fight crime, improve the environment and enhance the delivery of government services.

Fort Wayne is recognized as a technology leader in providing new and better services,” said Mayor Richard. “We look forward to sharing the Fort Wayne story and encouraging other city leaders to embrace technology opportunities to produce a high performance government.”

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) represents the telecommunications needs and interests of local governments and those who advise local governments.