Conversation with City Leaders

Track: Business

Session Number: 1070
Date: Mon, Jun 4th, 2018
Time: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Room: Presidential ABC

Description:

Mayors discuss what they did to successfully implement a Fiber To The Premise initiative in their community. Insights into attracting private partners versus building your own network will be offered.

Session Type: Mainstage

Industry Experience: Parker Wiseman is a Special Assistant Attorney General in the office of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Prior to joining General Hood’s staff, he served for two terms as Mayor of the City of Starkville.

Wiseman’s tenure as mayor was marked by substantial growth. During his eight years in office, the city permitted over $350 million in new construction, real property values increased by 30%, taxable retail sales increased by 39%, and tourism spending grew by 56%.

Parker is a licensed attorney, and a certified municipal officer. He is a 1999 Starkville High School graduate, and he holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Mississippi State University. In 2005, he earned a master’s in public administration from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2008.

Joey Durel took office in January 2004 and concluded his third and final term as Lafayette’s Mayor-President on January 4, 2016. During Durel’s term, Lafayette frequently received national recognition. According to the Bureau of Economic Research, Lafayette is the happiest city in America, and for six times in his last seven years, Lafayette ranked in the top 25 metro areas in the Best Performing Cities Index of the 200 largest metros. In 2014, Lafayette was also named one of the top 10 shining examples of economic development in the South by Southern Business and Development, ranked as the eighth best manufacturing city in the U.S. by New Geography and was named by Forbes as the number one mid-sized metro area in the nation.

Now, back in the private sector as Business Development Officer for Iberia Bank (a top 50 bank headquartered in Lafayette), dabbling in real estate, and “doing whatever I want to do,” Durel is still active , especially with his grandchildren.

As Mayor Jim Gray’s Chief Innovation Officer, Scott Shapiro generates transformational projects that do not fall neatly within the standard method of city operations.

A city-benchmarking project led Scott to discover a new species of city – the University City – and he writes and speaks frequently about the concept’s implications for Lexington, its peers, and aspiring University Cities. Scott also co-leads Lexington’s Gig project, which is bringing a $70M fiber-optic network with ultra-fast internet speeds throughout the city, making Lexington the largest gigabit city in the country. And, as part of a broader Smart Cities effort, he is launching the city’s first text-notification system, providing advance notification to citizens regarding city services on a house-by-house level.

Prior to taking on the CINO role, Scott was a senior advisor to the Mayor, managing strategic projects. He was the point person for Mayor Gray’s economic-development partnership with Louisville and the Brookings Institution. And he managed the Mayor’s reform of the city’s long-troubled police and fire pension system, which cut the fund’s unfunded liability by $150 million and strengthened the system that serves more than one thousand public-safety retirees. The city’s actuarial firm called the effort “the most effective pension reform the country.”

Scott joined the Mayor’s office having earned a Masters in Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he went, at age 40, to embark on a new career in public service. Prior to that switch, Scott was in the private sector in New York City, where he built and sold a consulting company and was a senior executive with a publicly traded health care company.
Learning Objective #1: PR, Legal, Financial, political, business operating in a competitive world
Stage of Fiber Broadband Deployment: Advanced
Session Type: Mainstage

Industry Experience: Parker Wiseman is a Special Assistant Attorney General in the office of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Prior to joining General Hood’s staff, he served for two terms as Mayor of the City of Starkville.

Wiseman’s tenure as mayor was marked by substantial growth. During his eight years in office, the city permitted over $350 million in new construction, real property values increased by 30%, taxable retail sales increased by 39%, and tourism spending grew by 56%.

Parker is a licensed attorney, and a certified municipal officer. He is a 1999 Starkville High School graduate, and he holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Mississippi State University. In 2005, he earned a master’s in public administration from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2008.

Joey Durel took office in January 2004 and concluded his third and final term as Lafayette’s Mayor-President on January 4, 2016. During Durel’s term, Lafayette frequently received national recognition. According to the Bureau of Economic Research, Lafayette is the happiest city in America, and for six times in his last seven years, Lafayette ranked in the top 25 metro areas in the Best Performing Cities Index of the 200 largest metros. In 2014, Lafayette was also named one of the top 10 shining examples of economic development in the South by Southern Business and Development, ranked as the eighth best manufacturing city in the U.S. by New Geography and was named by Forbes as the number one mid-sized metro area in the nation.

Now, back in the private sector as Business Development Officer for Iberia Bank (a top 50 bank headquartered in Lafayette), dabbling in real estate, and “doing whatever I want to do,” Durel is still active , especially with his grandchildren.

As Mayor Jim Gray’s Chief Innovation Officer, Scott Shapiro generates transformational projects that do not fall neatly within the standard method of city operations.

A city-benchmarking project led Scott to discover a new species of city – the University City – and he writes and speaks frequently about the concept’s implications for Lexington, its peers, and aspiring University Cities. Scott also co-leads Lexington’s Gig project, which is bringing a $70M fiber-optic network with ultra-fast internet speeds throughout the city, making Lexington the largest gigabit city in the country. And, as part of a broader Smart Cities effort, he is launching the city’s first text-notification system, providing advance notification to citizens regarding city services on a house-by-house level.

Prior to taking on the CINO role, Scott was a senior advisor to the Mayor, managing strategic projects. He was the point person for Mayor Gray’s economic-development partnership with Louisville and the Brookings Institution. And he managed the Mayor’s reform of the city’s long-troubled police and fire pension system, which cut the fund’s unfunded liability by $150 million and strengthened the system that serves more than one thousand public-safety retirees. The city’s actuarial firm called the effort “the most effective pension reform the country.”

Scott joined the Mayor’s office having earned a Masters in Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he went, at age 40, to embark on a new career in public service. Prior to that switch, Scott was in the private sector in New York City, where he built and sold a consulting company and was a senior executive with a publicly traded health care company.
Learning Objective #1: PR, Legal, Financial, political, business operating in a competitive world
Stage of Fiber Broadband Deployment: Advanced

Speakers

Primary Presenter
Heather Burnett Gold
President and CEO
Fiber Broadband Association
Co-Presenter 1
Parker Wiseman
Special Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General State of Mississippi
Co-Presenter 2
Joey Durel
Owner
The Durel Group LLC
Co-Presenter 3
Scott Shapiro
Office of Mayor Jim Gray