Accelerate Blacksburg hosts regular monthly meetups where professionals from startups to venture capital managers come together to network and hear from local businesses about specific issues. Last month, that issue was expansion of broadband capabilities within the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.
As GoGig’s marketing and sales team member, I was able represent the company on the panel alongside Robert McAden, head of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), and Gordie Zeigler, Chairman of the Board of The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. The panel was moderated by James Creekmore of The Creekmore Law Firm, and owner of TechPad and Studio 2.0.
McAden and Ziegler offered valuable insight on the opportunities that increased broadband access will mean for the entire Roanoke-Blacksburg region, specifically as it relates to recruiting talent from outside the area. The Blacksburg Electronic Village once had the scientific community focused on this area, but in the 20+ years since the BEV hit its stride, other regions around the country, most notably the Silicon Valley, have caught up and surpassed our region in terms of infrastructure and reputation.
I was able to share some of the challenges and opportunities GoGig has experienced as a startup providing superior internet service via fiber plus advanced wireless technology. Notably, that we’ve already seen the positive effect technology like ours can have as more and more area companies are making the move to downtown Blacksburg to take advantage of our first-class speed and reliability.
GoGig’s capabilities and the regional vision of the RBTC representatives sparked great discussion among the attendees, who also included members of the Blacksburg Town Council. Responding to questions from attendees, the panel covered topics ranging from how to market the opportunities that exist in our region, recruiting talent from outside the area, how the RBTC can provide support in those areas, and how GoGig is working to expand our technology to serve a growing base of businesses working in an office and at home.
Even after the panel was done and the event officially wrapped up, I enjoyed more conversations with folks who are excited about the direction that business in Blacksburg is headed. We’re excited to be a part of it as new businesses are signing up and coming on board with GoGig every month.
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