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Guests Announced For Executive Speaker Series

Sonora, CA — Rural broadband innovation and water will be the topics at two upcoming executive speaker luncheon events coming to the Mother Lode.

Sponsored by the Tuolumne County Business Council and Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, both events will be held at the Black Oak Casino Resort conference center.

Rural broadband innovation is the topic for the first program, scheduled for Friday, March 27, featuring telecommunications executives John Lane and John Paul. Lane, CEO of El Dorado Hills-based Cal.net will share how his company utilizes latest technologies and opportunities such as potentially available TV White Space spectrum frequencies, to provide broadband service to rural communities. Also sharing his perspective, Paul, the CEO of Nevada City-headquartered Spiral Internet. Responsible for spearheading Nevada County’s Google Fiber for Communities initiative, Paul shortly expects Public Utilities Commission funding approval to begin building phase one of a gigabit 100 percent fiber optic local network for homes and businesses.

State Water Resources Control Board Member Dorene D’Adamo will be the featured speaker at the Friday, June 26 program, to discuss water issues in the Golden State during this fourth year of drought impacts. Appointed by Governor Brown in 2013, D’Adamo previously served on the California Air Resources Board under the Brown, Schwarzenegger and Davis administrations and played an instrumental role in its air quality and climate change regulations and programs.

The TCBC/TCEDA Executive Speaker Luncheon Series concept is a simple one, says Council president Darrell Slocum, designed to bring interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking individuals to Tuolumne County to inspire and educate its audience. The series kicked off last year with speakers that included Kish Rijan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and Dr. Glenda Humiston of the USDA. There is a $20 admission charge for each program, which runs from 12 to 1:30 p.m. and includes lunch. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Slocum at 209 770-5777.