Earnie serves the State of Indiana as the Deputy Director of the Indiana Broadband Office (IBO). Prior to this he served as a community liaison for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). He works with communities and providers offering technical assistance for planning, inclusion/equity, and construction funding. He administers the broadband ready communities’ program (BBRC) as he fulfills the Office’ mission of serving as the “one-stop-shop” for all things broadband in Indiana. Earnie has developed solid working relationships with advocacy groups including SHLB, PEW, Next Century Cities and Excel in Education. He manages and guides the IBO Marketing agency coordinating website updates, monthly newsletter content and social media campaigns. Lastly, he works alongside the Office of Community & Rural Affairs to award funding for Next Level Connections (NLC) and assisted in the initial roll out of NLC as Indiana’s first Broadband Grant program. Earnie has a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University.