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  Stagg, Mike
NameMike Stagg
Lafayette, Louisiana , United States
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InfoMike Stagg has been working for positive change in Louisiana through technology-based community and economic development initiatives at the regional, state and local levels for the past six years. He has been a member of the Infrastructure Task Force of the Louisiana Economic Development Council since 1999 and currently serves on the Council’s Science & Technology Task Force.
He is the founder of Tech Sector Day at the Legislature, which served as the first statewide forum for Louisiana’s technology community to make its voice heard during in the legislative process. He is co-founder of the Association of Louisiana Technology Companies (ALT-C), the statewide interest group for technology companies formed as a result of the success of first Tech Sector Day in 2001.

Stagg authored a study commissioned by the Division of Administration (The Louisiana Optical Backbone) in which he proposed plans to use state-owned fiber network assets as a tool to spur community and economic development initiatives across Louisiana. “These assets give our state the potential to make broad advances towards turning the goals and objectives of the Vision 2020 economic development plan into reality,” Stagg said in his report.

Stagg has worked on technology initiatives with the Foundation for the Mid South (Jackson, MS), the Rapides Foundation, the St. Joseph Arts Council in Louisiana's Tensas Parish, the Entergy Team Tensas program there, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), the Lafayette Utility System, the CenLA Chamber of Commerce, CLECO and Delta State University (Cleveland, MS), the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation (IDF), the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), and a number of private sector clients. He is a member of the Technology Advisory Committee of the Mid South Collaborative for Nonprofit Organizations, which is an initiative of the Foundation for the Mid South.

Mike was a charter member of the Rural Policy Research Institute's (RUPRI) Telecommunications Research Panel that studied the impact of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 on rural communities. He also served as a member of Governor Foster's Rural Development Advisory Committee during the governor's first term.

He has attended numerous regional and national telecommunications and economic development conferences and done extensive research and reading on these related issues.

Mike Stagg has made presentations at numerous national and regional conferences including: the 1999 Region Five Economic Development Administration Conference in Dallas, TX; the 2000 Southeast Louisiana Economic Development Conference in Hammond; Entergy's Louisiana Team City 2000 conference in Baton Rouge; TelecomLA in Lafayette; RuralTeleCon 2000 conference on rural telecommunications issues in Aspen, CO; the Southern Growth Policies Board's TelecomSouth II: One South, Digitally Divided in Roanoke, VA, in October 2000; versions 1 and 2 of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation's B2B on the Bayou electronic commerce conference held in New Iberia, LA, each of the past three years (and has served on the planning board in each year); Delta State University’s Getting Connected conference in Cleveland, MS, in March, 2001; and Northwest Louisiana’s Consortium for Education Research & Technology (CERT) Bioinformatics Initiative in September 2002.

His work has been published in the Louisiana Police Jury Association's Parish Government and the Louisiana Municipal Association's Municipal Review.

Mike is also the author of Louisiana: Mission 2010, a proposal submitted to the Louisiana Economic Development Council in October 2002, which places the challenge of transforming Louisiana’s public and private healthcare delivery systems squarely within the parameters of Louisiana: Vision 2020, the state's economic development blueprint. In that proposal, Stagg posits that the basis for transforming healthcare can be built upon the investments in Information Technology and Biotechnology made over the past few years by the Foster Administration. The need to tranform healthcare from a paper borne system to a networked system is a challenge also being recognized by the federal government, many foundations and pharmaceutical companies. That recognition can be translated into resources which can flow to those entities who step forward to lead the effort. According to Stagg, Louisiana has much to gain and nothing to lose by responding to this challenge.

Since August of 1999 Mike has run the Digital Louisiana listserve where Louisiana citizens from the public, private and nonprofit sectors discuss ways to move Louisiana into the digital economic mainstream. He also operates the LA Tech Sector list which serves as a discussion platform for issues affecting Louisiana's technology industry.

Prior to his involvement in economic development policy issues, Mike's work included publishing, printing, graphic design, marketing and journalism. He is a 1987 fellow of Loyola University in New Orleans’ Institute of Politics. He has worked as a researcher and strategist on a number of political campaigns in the New Orleans and Acadiana regions.

Mike is a 51-year old native of Eunice, Louisiana, and is married to Sally Donlon. They are the proud parents of one daughter, Lily Irene. They reside in Lafayette where Lily attends public schools. Mike and his family worship at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lafayette


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