24 Terry Brigman Co-Chair City of Lakeland Vision All of Polk County will have the fastest, most affordable and most accessible high-speed internet services possible by 2030. Eric Labbe Co-Chair City of Winter Haven Tina Barrios, Ph.D. Polk County Public Schools Naomi Boyer, Ph.D. Polk State College TOP: Panelists L to R: Dr. Tina Barrios, CIO, Polk County Public Schools; Terry Brigman, CIO, City of Lakeland, Don Selvage, Commissioner, City of Lakeland; Hiep Nguyen, CIO, City of Winter Haven; Eric Labbe Planning Manager, City of Winter Haven. On February 28, 2018, the Smart Communities Team working with the Leadership Polk Alumni Association presented Addressing the Digital Divide. Hosted by Polk State College, Winter Haven Campus, the Lunch n’ Learn event was attended by Alumni and members of the community. BOTTOM: Mr. Bartolomeo with Florida Polytechnic University students who working with the Winter Haven Economic Development Council conducted a Smart Communities assessment of the City of Winter Haven. William DeWitt Polk State College Ercan Elibol Florida Polytechnic University Doug Lewis Polk County BoCC Hiep Nguyen City of Winter Haven Nick Nicholas DSM David Robinson DSM Brian Ross City of Haines City Don Selvage SHR Human Resources, LLC Marybeth Soderstrom Central Florida Regional Planning Council Chad Tagtow Citizens Bank & Trust William Twyford City of Winter Haven Lynn Wilson Polk County School Board Ed Wolf Polk County BoCC Tina Barrios, Ph.D. // Assistant Superintendent, Information Systems & Technology Division, Polk County Public Schools The Smart Communities Team has provided great value to Polk County Public Schools. Developing a shared vision for not only connecting communities but emphasizing the importance of connectivity for our schools has been a driving force for the past 3 years. Over the past 16 months in collaboration with the City of Lakeland, the school district has been able to bring high speed network access to 49 sites in the Lakeland area and show an annual savings of $90,000. This increased bandwidth also enabled the district to install a new phone system in each of these sites providing a phone in every classroom."