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Panel discussion: Maintaining critical infrastructure during challenging times

Never in history has digital infrastructure become the critical communication hub for society as during these unprecedented times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Enabling 7x24x365 public safety, healthcare, telecommunications, water and energy requires an extraordinary level of seamless coordination, communication and planning to ensure citizens are safe, connected and have access to reliable utilities. But what measures, strategies and best practices does it actually take to make it all happen?

The Arizona Technology Council held a virtual panel discussion with a distinguished panel of infrastructure expert from the City of Mesa, Cyxtera Technologies, Salt River Project and Life 365 Inc. Panelists discussed he vital role infrastructure plays in the economy, the growth of technology jobs in the infrastructure space, and the new opportunities in a true sustainability-driven economy. Moderated by Kirk Busch, CEO of BigData Southwest & the chairman of, it was a fantastic discussion and well worth a listen.


CEO of BigData Southwest
Chairman of

Kirk Busch has over 25 years experience in the global semiconductor industry. For the last decade, he has focused on economic development in the energy and data center industries. Busch currently serves on the Board of AzSTEM and chairs the Data Center Advisory Board of the Arizona Energy Consortium.



Travis Cutright
City of Mesa

Lael Hester
Solutions Architect
Cyxtera Technologies

Frank McRae
Electric & Gas Utility
City of Mesa

Karla Moran
Economic Development
Salt River Project

Kent Dicks
Life 365










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