Director Satement

Letter from Director:

Everyone—urban and rural—belongs in a Connected Nation regardless of location, industry, education, or financial situation. Connect Iowa’s mission is to change lives through technology.

Broadband is an important part of our lives, and it plays a pivotal role in expanding opportunities. It is today’s version of yesteryear’s railways and highways or electricity and telephones; it’s not a fad or passing fancy. Broadband is the concrete of Iowa’s growth in the classroom or waiting room, factory or field, or court house or your house.

Connect Iowa is committed to continuing its community broadband work, supporting Iowa, and helping Iowans expand broadband access, adoption, and use because everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.

Respectfully,

Dave Daack
Connect Iowa

OUR TEAM

David Daack, Community Technology Advisor

David Daack serves as Community Technology Advisor for Connect Iowa. David coordinates and manages the activities of the Iowa local community planning teams. He identifies and trains local champions to bring together representatives from local government, education, business and industry, agriculture, healthcare, and other sectors to serve as dedicated participants in the local planning process. In addition, he provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the local community planning teams to spur digital literacy activities in each region. David holds a bachelor of arts in communications from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and a master of arts in integrated corporate communications from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Eric Frederick, Vice President, Community Affairs

Eric Frederick serves as Vice President, Community Affairs for Connected Nation. Eric is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the Connected Community Engagement Program (ConnectedSM) across the United States. Eric develops and maintains Connected partner relationships in support of Connected Nation’s mission. In addition, Eric provides primary management, oversight, and support for Connect Michigan’s state strategy as a context for advancing methodologies relevant to Connected. Prior to his role of Vice President, Community Affairs, Eric served as the Executive Director for Connect Michigan. In this role, he developed relationships with statewide, national, and international groups that are partnering with Connected Nation to solve problems of connectivity and to bolster the value of internet connections. Eric also led a nationally recognized team that produced the nation’s first certified Connected community. Eric holds a master’s in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University and a bachelor of science in urban planning and GIS from Northern Michigan University.
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Shawn Wagner, FirstNet Outreach Specialist

Shawn Wagner serves as Community Technology Advisor for Connect Iowa. Shawn coordinates and manages the activities of the Iowa local community planning teams. He identifies and trains local champions to bring together representatives from local government, education, business and industry, agriculture, healthcare, and other sectors to serve as dedicated participants in the local planning process. He provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the local community planning teams on the broadband landscape to spur digital literacy activities in each region. Shawn holds a bachelor of arts in computer information systems from Clarke College and a master of science in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver.
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Wes Kerr, Director, Community Solutions

Wes Kerr helps ensure the implementation of Technology Action Plans developed for communities through Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program (Connectedsm) and works closely with clients and stakeholders to provide solutions that will help them meet their technology goals.
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Heather Gate, Director, Digital Inclusion

Heather Gate serves as Director of Digital Inclusion Program Development for Connected Nation. Heather is responsible for managing the development and implementation of Connected Nation’s digital inclusion programs. Heather provides high-impact project management services, including day-to-day program management and funding research. Heather also helps to maintain existing program partner relationships and assists with identification of potential new partners or innovative business opportunities which are in line with program missions. Heather holds a bachelor of science in computer science, a master’s in computer science, and a master’s in public administration from Kentucky State University.
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Career Opportunities

Connected Nation, Connect Iowa's parent organization, has been recognized as a Top 10 Best Places to Work Winner for its commitment to providing a positive and productive work environment where employees can excel. Connect Iowa offers a unique benefits package including: vacation/sick days; holiday pay; health, dental, and vision insurance; professional development opportunities; and reimbursement for broadband services and fitness memberships. Our office environment is professional and high-tech and our team members are career- and team-focused.