Southern Miami Valley Shared Community Fiber Network Project

1. To which Review Panel are you submitting this project?
Transportation & Government Services
2. What is the title of this project?
Southern Miami Valley Shared Community Fiber Network Project
3. Please provide a short, non-technical description of the project, no more than 2-4 sentences.
The Southern Miami Valley Shared Community Fiber Network Project is a fiber optic construction project to create a 40+ mile fiber optic loop that would create a foundation for "Smart Cities" applications and permit high speed data and technology service sharing between the government centers of seven cities (Centerville, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, and Springboro) as well as other strategic locations. The project will leverage existing fiber infrastructure and new fiber construction with other local government and private company initiatives in the area to create a public fiber network to serve local government jurisdictions, schools, colleges, universities, non-profits, and tax-exempt organizations. Additionally, the project will allow excess fiber to be leveraged for economic development incentives where the availability of dark fiber is required by an existing or incoming business or development.
Requester and Recipient
4. Name of organization making this request
Miami Valley Communications Council
5. Address
1195 West Alex-Bell Road
6. City
Centerville
7. State
Ohio
8. Zip Code
45459
9. County
Montgomery
13. State
Ohio
15. County
Montgomery
16. Which category best describes the type of organization that is the recipient for project funding?
Government
Contact Information
17. Name
Brian Humphress
18. Title
Executive Director
19. Organization
Miami Valley Communications Council
20. Address
1195 West Alex-Bell Road
21. City
Centerville
22. State
Ohio
23. Zip Code
45459
24. County
Montgomery
25. Phone
(937) 424-1660
26. Email
bhumphress@mvcc.net
Project Information
28. City
Kettering
29. County
Montgomery
30. Congressional district
Ohio 10th
Funding Request and Budget Information
31. What is the dollar amount of funding you are seeking in the next year?
$250,000.00
32. What is the total project cost?
$981,500.00
33. Please list sources, amounts, and status of other funds that this project has previously received or is likely to receive in the future.
Funds for the initial study and planning for this project were procured from a State of Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund Grant ($100,000) and from the Cities of Centerville, Kettering, and Oakwood ($10,000 each).

The local source of funds for project construction will be provided by the initial participating local governments and schools in this project: City of Kettering -- $182,000; City of Centerville -- $77,850; City of Miamisburg -- $65,450; City of Springboro -- $56,450; City of West Carrollton -- $42,600; City of Oakwood -- $29,900; City of Moraine -- $20,500; Kettering School District -- $225,000. Additionally, the Miami Valley Educational Computer Association, another Council of Governments partnering in this project, will contribute $31,750 to this project in exchange for access to the available dark fiber. All the participants are in the process of appropriating the funds for this project, and all funds should be appropriated by December 31, 2017.
34. How will the requested funds be used? Please check the category that best fits the project. Then, if you have additional information to provide regarding the use of funds, please provide this information with your supporting documentation (see question #52). EX: if this is for construction, please provide information on the proposed building, its purpose, size and location. If this is for operations, please describe if the money will be used for salaries, rent, equipment, services, etc. The more detail provided, the better the committee can understand the value of your project. This is particularly important for projects seeking operations funding.
Construction or Capital
35. Do you have matching funds raised or committed?
yes
36. If yes, please provide additional information.
All the participants are in the process of appropriating the funds for this project, and all funds should be appropriated by December 31, 2017.
37. Do you have a budget with funding details for the project? If so, please send the budget as an attachment under question 52.
Yes
38. By what date will you be ready to spend the funds?
Within the next 6 months
39. Are there particular state or federal programs or private grants under which this project would qualify for funding? Please be as specific as possible.
None that we are aware of. The original intent was to seek additional funding from the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund, but that program was eliminated in July, 2017.
Community Impact and Job Creation
40. What is the community issue or need that your project will address?
The primary need is to bring the technology servicing local governments in the region to the 21st century. While many of the participating governments do utilize fiber optics, most of the fiber does not allow the necessary redundancy nor bandwidth to utilize applications that require high-speed connectivity. Other than low-speed internet, most cities only use fiber for traffic signal control. Applications such as smart lighting and signage, shared crime-mapping, and shared operational software cannot be accomplished using current infrastructure. Another need to be addressed is public safety reliability; public safety department communications are at risk with even minor line breakages, as little or no redundancy in service is available. Lastly, some existing and potential businesses may not wish to stay/locate to many sections of the region, as high-speed fiber that can be dedicated to their specific needs is not universally available.
41. What is the measurement that will be used to determine whether the project was a success?
The most obvious measurement will be the utilization of the available dark fiber in the proposed construction project by local governments, schools, other units of government, non-profits, and for-profit businesses and development. While we don't anticipate 100% utilization upon construction, we anticipate near-capacity usage less than ten years after project completion. Cost-savings from shared services, such as high-speed internet, fiber line maintenance, and software licenses, between the local governments will be another measurement tool. Additionally, as elimination (or at least near-elimination) of "down-time" for public safety communications systems is a goal of the project, percentages of "down-time" will be measured for project effectiveness. Lastly, any retention or creation of jobs and businesses will also add to the success of this project.
42. If the project receives funding and is completed, how many DIRECT NEW jobs do you anticipate being CREATED within the next two years?
None
43. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 42. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
No direct jobs should be created from the completion of this project. Most of the immediate impact will be on costs savings from those partnering in, or joining shortly thereafter, this project. The workload created from managing the fiber network will be absorbed either by current staff of the partners, or from staff of organizations that certain functions will be outsourced to.
44. If the project receives funding and is completed, how many DIRECT EXISTING jobs do you anticipate being RETAINED within the next two years?
1-10
45. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 44. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
One FTE job will be retained as part of this project, and that will be within MVCC. MVCC is currently beginning a downsizing of technical staff, due to decreased usage of cable television by residents (this reflects the nationwide-trend of "cutting the cord"). As staff time will be needed to oversee the fiber network operations, maintenance, and service contracts, this will enable one FTE to be retained, rather than downsized with other technical staff.
46. Using your best guess, over the next 10 years, how many sustained, permanent jobs will the project create and retain if funded and completed? This may include “induced” or “spin-off” jobs.
51-100
47. Please explain how you determined the job creation listed in question 46. One way to support estimated job numbers is to provide examples of similar projects that have created jobs. If you are aware of similar projects, please include details and explain how they relate to your project. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
Frankly, this is purely a guess, as we do not have a company or agency waiting to move into the region at this time if the project is completed. As this technology is too new, studies are not available to show what jobs will be created as a result of fiber-optic technology. However, there is some work that indicates regions that implement Smart City technology increase their GDP by 10%. Given the growing demand for fiber-based technology, and given the growth corridors along the fiber network route (such as the Austin Landing area), it is save to say that at some point during the next ten years after construction one or more companies will either move into the region, bringing new jobs, or will stay in the area along the fiber network, thereby retaining jobs.
Community Impact and Job Creation Cont.
48. Using your best guess, of the jobs created over the next 10 years, what will the average salary be?
$25,001–$50,000
49. Please explain how you determined the salary amount listed in question 48. This field is limited to 1,000 characters. If you need additional space, please include your information in an attachment, not to exceed 10 pages, which can be uploaded by clicking “yes” on question #52.
This average is a bit deceiving. Due to technological advances, access to a fiber network such as what is being proposed will attract some businesses that, through automation/technology, will be able to utilize lower-wage employees to provide services (call centers, retail, fast-food). However, this access will also attract those companies that utilize more-skilled, and therefore higher-wage, employees, such as robotics specialists, cyber security analysts, 3D print technicians, virtual reality designers, network programmers,
industrial network engineers, neuro implant technicians, cloud architects, and remote health care providers. These employees usually demand wages on the high end or above the range indicated in answer 48.
50. In which of the following counties do you estimate a substantial number of jobs will be created if the project is funded and completed?
  • Montgomery
51. Are you aware of any opposition to the project? If “yes,” please explain.
No; this project has been the subject of numerous public meetings, with no opposition presented. In discussing the project with local telecom companies, we have stressed that we expect this project to enhance their overall business activity, not detract from it.
52. Do you have letters of endorsement or other supporting documents for the project? If “yes,” you may attach one PDF file that contains UP TO TEN PAGES of your supporting documents. This document will be posted online along with your completed questionnaire during the public review period. Please DO NOT exceed 10 pages and do not send separate attachments to the Dayton Development Coalition staff. Project sponsors who exceed 10 pages of supporting documents may be asked to re-submit their project.
Yes
Attach endorsement or other supporting documents for the project
Additional Information
53. Should the state consider a state capital budget bill in late 2017 or early 2018, I would like my project to be considered for a special PDAC state capital budget project list. The Coalition reserves the right to remove projects that are ineligible under state guidelines.
Yes
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Confirmation
  • I have reviewed my submission and to the best of my knowledge all of the information entered accurately represent our organization and our project, and I understand my information will be made public.