Founding Principal, P3 Strategies
Matt Schmit is a native of Red Wing, MN, and serves runs a small consulting firm, P3 Strategies. Since 2007, he has worked primarily in the areas of economic development, technology deployment, and infrastructure investment.
Integration of 21st century infrastructure is a primary focus of his work – and his research. For the past several years Matt has maintained active membership on the Transportation Research Board, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences.
Between 2013 and 2016 Matt represented his hometown and surrounding areas in the Minnesota state senate. Here, he advanced the issue of broadband connectivity through creation of Minnesota’s Office of Broadband Development and ‘Border to Border Broadband’ competitive matching grant fund. In 2014 he was named “Broadband Hero of the Year” by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers of America (NATOA).
Outside the legislature, he has served on the Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board, the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute Board of Directors, and the St John’s University Board of Regents.
Prior to public service, Matt studied biology and political science at Minnesota’s St. John’s University – where he took great interest in the intersection of science and public policy. Thereafter, he attended the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs – where he serves as adjunct instructor and director of the school’s Regional Competitiveness Institute.
Away from work Matt pursues an active lifestyle of hiking, camping, fishing, cycling and skiing. He occasionally competes in “sprint” triathlons and half marathons. Matt is an avid reader and enjoys Southeast Minnesota’s rugged bluffs, winding trout streams, and rich farmland.
This panel will explore two different, successful state models for financing broadband networks. Nebraska has created a completely self-funded statewide network that has grown over 10 years to include 300 entities serving 100% of Nebraska public schools and colleges on less than $1.6 million per year. Minnesota has funded a State Office of Broadband Development […]