September 23


Too many cities and counties rely on networks that simply weren’t developed for today’s world. Chances are, your core network technologies date back to a time before widespread adoption of cloud and smartphones; before the emergence of intelligent lighting, smart garbage cans and ubiquitous video; and certainly before the pandemic-driven acceleration of remote work and digital government services.


Join Government Technology on Sept. 23 for an interactive conversation on transforming your network to meet today’s application needs and the demands of the future. Experts from the Center for Digital Government and Extreme Networks will discuss how to fundamentally rearchitect critical network infrastructure – not simply bandage and patch them – and how to tap into unprecedented federal funding opportunities to finance this transformation.


-- Learn how solutions like fabric, cloud management, and high performance Wi-Fi can help future-proof your network

-- Get important insights on how to access information related to grant programs that offer funding for network modernization

-- Understand evolving application demands and how your network must respond




Bob Bennett — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Bob Bennett is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Digital Government and the founder of B2 Civic Solutions, an international smart cities consultancy firm based in Parkville, Mo. From 2016 to 2019 he served in Mayor Sly James’ administration as the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Mo. During his tenure, he oversaw the city’s smart city initiatives including a 54-block total digitalization pilot, strategy development for the city and P3-based expansion plans.


Brian O’Connor

Director Strategic Business Development – Public Sector, Extreme Networks

Brian is an Industry executive who has spent most of his career addressing and implementing technology solutions focused on Digital Transformation within the Public Sector. He has served as a senior Marketing, Sales and Government Relations executive with several top technology firms and as the founder of a strategic consulting/lobbying firm focusing on developing and implementing multiple large scale, State, City and County-wide Citizen engagement strategies and initiatives. Currently, he works with a cross functional team within Extreme developing ecosystem alliances and strategic GTM strategies for developing markets.


Cindy Joffrion Ph.D

Sr. Director Grant Operations, Extreme Networks

Cindy has a solid 20+ year track record of securing federal, private, and corporate funding for public sector clients to purchase vendor solutions. In recent years, she has secured over $94 million in external funding from state, federal, foundation, corporate, and individual sources. She specializes in funding through government agencies. She writes proposals for new programs, prospect research and fundraising guidance, and ongoing grant writing and funding acquisition work.


David Savage

Vice President of State, Local, and Education Sales, Extreme Networks

As Vice President, David Savage is responsible for the overall management of public sector accounts throughout the U.S. His team of outside and inside account executives provides IT solutions to local governments and K-12 schools throughout the U.S. He works to maximize organizational productivity, and efficiency by providing IT solutions that fit each customer's specific needs while helping them drive to the cloud.