I (along with my friends Aaron Deacon and Mike Brown) was interviewed by Michelle Stinson Ross for SEO Journal about the exciting new Google Fiber “Gigabit City” project here in our hometown of Kansas City.
What is it? Check out this brief video:
Click here for a link to the main article…
…and here are some excerpts:
Alex Greenwood is a Kansas City resident of a fiberhood slated for construction sometime next spring. He is also the owner of AlexanderG Public Relations and Caroline Street Press.
What do you see as the greatest potential impact of becoming a Gigabit City?
If Kansas City can take this opportunity—this massive technological head start over the rest of the nation—and channel it into the right things, it will mean significant employment and quality of life changes. There are several “ifs” in that statement, but I think KC has the brainpower and creativity to make it happen.
What about the impact this could have on the daily life of residents in a fiberhood?
Google Fiber has refocused Kansas City on the value of the Internet. The registration process for fiberhoods shone light on pockets of the city that don’t have access to the Internet; thus those people don’t have access to the potential for financial, personal, and community growth it represents.
For example, the majority of my firm’s clientele can be directly or indirectly attributed to my Internet presence. When I think about starting my business in 2010, I sincerely doubt I would have made it without Internet access. The Internet opened me up to a world of prospective customers. I suspect Google Fiber will inspire many other Kansas City entrepreneurs and small business people to start their own businesses.
Mike Brown echoed Greenwood’s thoughts and said:
Entrepreneurs and financial people should be taking a look at Kansas City, if they aren’t already. With the Google Fiber roll-out, this area is primed to go through a development, expansion, and growth push that is unique within the United States, and perhaps globally.
All in all, we live in exciting times!
Our recent posts about the Gigabit City ideation activities conducted in part by our client The Brainzooming Group (download the free report here) have us keeping an eye on Kansas City’s new economic thrust:
As entrepreneurs ourselves, this is a fantastic affirmation. You see, less than two years ago in the darkest depths of the Great Recession–equipped with little cash, a few connections and the tremendous knowledge and encouragement we received from graduating the Kauffman FastTrac GrowthVenture program–we started AlexanderG PR.
Since then our revenues have more than tripled and our client load (local, regional and national) is quickly approaching the point where a dedicated part-time staffer will need to be hired…not to mention the fact that our job satisfaction has never been better.
It’s great living in a city that respects and encourages entrepreneurs. Most of all, it’s exciting that with Google fiber technology, the rest of the world will know about it very soon. The possibilities are endless.
In the spirit of broad Kansas City community efforts to brainstorm ideas for how the introduction of Google Fiber can change lives in Kansas City, The Brainzooming Group was excited to partner with Social Media Club of Kansas City to create “Building the Gigabit City: Brainzooming a Google Fiber Roadmap.”
“We conducted the large-scale brainstorming session on October 3 with a diverse cross-community group of nearly 90 people,” said Mike Brown, founder of Brainzooming. ” Today, we’re releasing the 120-page Google Fiber brainstorming report via free download on the Brainzooming website at brainzooming.com/googlefiberkc (download will be available after 10 a.m. central time on November 10).”
That will be the topic this Friday on the Smart Companies Radio show on Hot Talk 1510 KCTE, guest hosted by Mike Brown of Brainzooming. Mike and the Brainzooming team conducted the second annual #BZBowl on Twitter during the Super Bowl. On the radio show Mike and his guests (including yours truly) will cover lessons growing businesses can take away (both the do’s and the don’ts) from Super Bowl ads to incorporate into their own marketing and PR efforts.
If you read my guest post Tuesday, you know I’ll be talking more about the Groupon debacle, and I’m sure the other great guests will challenge my assertions. I hope you’ll listen live in the KC area, or stream it from the KCTE website (just click on the yellow “Listen Live” link at the top of the page). The show starts at 9 a.m. I hope you’ll listen in.