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Rick Usher

City of Kansas City, MO
Assistant City Manager
Rick Usher is a public policy expert with 36 years experience in local government. As former Assistant City Manager for Small Business & Entrepreneurship at the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Rick has developed regulatory due diligence strategies for emerging technologies and disruptive business models seeking to monetize the sharing economy. His success in bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City in 2010-11 demonstrates the “yes and” approach he takes to forming public private partnerships in local government and creating mutual benefit for the community. Google's announcement of Kansas City as their testbed city for their Fiber for Communities experiment was a lightning rod for the local startup entrepreneur community, digital equity and Kansas City's entry to the global smart city movement. Rick has deep experience in engaging local government and universities in reevaluating, repealing and revising archaic regulatory models for internet service deployment, development permitting systems, ridehailing, homesharing, carsharing, small cell pole attachment permits, IoT and micromobility.
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