Piedmont Fibershed held its first public meeting less than a year ago. In that short time, we’ve hosted six meetups in four different counties, grown our email list to over 100 members, gained over 100 Facebook followers, launched a website and Instagram profile, and brought together some really amazing people passionate about local fiber.
Now, we’re ready to get organized. Here are the steps we’ll be pursuing in the coming months to create a structure and strategy for Piedmont Fibershed.
- Create a board to oversee operations. We’ll define leadership positions we need to manage the ongoing operations of Piedmont Fibershed. This isn’t (at this point) the same thing as a board of directors, but rather a structure of functional positions.
- Establish committees to work on programming around specific areas of interest.
- Create a business plan and identify expenses and sources of income.
- Open an organization bank account so we can manage money (we’re looking at a couple different options for this right now).
- Collaboratively identify a shared vision for Piedmont Fibershed that will help us decide what programs we should pursue and how to focus our efforts.
- Research legal business structure options that could work for our organization in the short and long term (including 501(c)(3) status and alternatives).
If that seems like a lot, that’s because it is. However, the groundswell of support and enthusiasm I’ve seen from our region’s fiber community makes me confident we can do it.
Next, we’ll be organizing meetings to establish board positions and committees. Sign up for our email list to get updates about meetings and locations. We’re also looking for free meeting spaces, preferably with chairs for 15-20 people, a whiteboard, and good wifi. If you know of such a space, contact us.