Blandin Foundation stands with Minnesota’s rural leaders and communities as they create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected. Abundant and robust access to the Internet (broadband), and the digital literacy skills necessary to take full advantage of this access, are essential as communities seek to compete and thrive in a digitally-connected world.
Since making rural broadband use and access a focus in 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with leaders in nearly 70 communities and 110 organizations across the state. Two objectives are core to the hundreds of projects that have emerged from this work:
- Sustainable broadband adoption
- Enriched quality of life and place
Through the Blandin Community Broadband Program, the foundation extends its focus through 2016 with up to $1.5 million in grants and technical support available to rural Minnesota communities.
Innovative USDA App helps streamline rural renter program
I’m trying to gather some good apps to share. Today’s entry comes from an effort from the USDA to streamline monitoring of rural rent controlled apartments. The idea is pretty straightforward – field staff enter their notes directly info an iPad rather than hand write notes in the field and transfer to computer later. But […]
Crash Course in Smart Cities with Boyd Cohen and Gordon Feller Webinar Nov 5
I thought folks might be interested… Get Your Crash Course in Smart Cities with Boyd Cohen and Gordon Feller What makes a city smart? What advantages do smart cities have over their less-technology-laden counterparts? What does the smart city dialog mean for your community? From Cisco’s Smart + Connected Communities, to the Intelligent Community Forum, […]
Connect Itasca innovative plan to make business case for broadband
Connect Itasca is using an innovative tool to gather market development and business plan data for the un-served and under-served areas of Itasca County. The survey tool provides mapping, network cost estimating and social media tools to build a business case for broadband deployment. This initiative is critical because about one-third of the county’s households […]