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Six Iron Range communities selected for Blandin Foundation Broadband Communities Program Image

Six Iron Range communities selected for Blandin Foundation Broadband Communities Program

11.02.2016

Blandin Foundation announced today that it has selected six Iron Range communities for intensive, two-year partnerships with the Foundation to advance local broadband initiatives. Ely, Hibbing, Aitkin County, Bois Forte Reservation/Orr/Cook, Mt. Iron-Buhl area, and Chisholm all have been successful in their communities’ bids to become Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC). Made pos…

Local leadership drove the creation of Minnesota's Internet and still does, say early visionaries Image

Local leadership drove the creation of Minnesota's Internet and still does, say early visionaries

09.28.2016

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Minnesota’s broadband leaders gathered at the Border-to-Border Broadband Conference in Duluth on Sept. 14 to recognize the work of MRNet, the first organization to bring the Internet to the state. The conference was sponsored by Blandin Foundation with support from the Department of Employment and Economic Development&rsqu…

Six join Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board

03.03.2016

Grand Rapids, Minn. -- Six leaders in Minnesota’s technology sector have accepted invitations to the Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative Strategy Board. Kristi Westbrock has been with CTC since 2007 and has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She has a strong background in human resources, sales and marketing, business operations, strategic planning a…

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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota

08.24.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced recently that it has awarded 30 grants totaling $314,513 to assist rural Minnesota leaders as they grow high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. Projects funded will strengthen existing broadband work happening in communities designated as Blandin Broadband Communities (2014-2016) or Minnesota Intelligent Rural Commu…

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Minnesota chief information officer joins Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board

06.17.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MINN. – Blandin Foundation has named Minnesota’s chief information officer, Thomas Baden, to its Broadband Initiative Strategy Board. This board oversees and advises the Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP), a $1.5 million grantmaking program. Since 2003, the Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative Strategy Board has recommended 246 grants to nearly 70 comm…

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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota

05.18.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded 29 grants totaling $321,245 to support rural Minnesota communities as they grow high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. In a joint venture, Kandiyohi County and the City of Willmar will host a “hackfest,” bringing together technology enthusiasts and professionals to build strong…

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Blandin Foundation awards broadband grants across rural Minnesota

01.29.2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded six grants totaling $113,900 to support rural Minnesota communities as they grow high-speed Internet access and use in their communities. Long Prairie will develop a business plan to build a fiber-to-the-home network, Project FINE out of Winona County will support refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs lookin…

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Ten new communities selected for Blandin Community Broadband Program

11.19.2014

Two-year partnerhips provide planning, technical and financial support to help 10 communities meet digital technology goals BRAINERD, Minn. (November 19, 2014) – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has selected 10 rural Minnesota communities for intensive, two-year partnerships with the Foundation to advance local broadband initiatives. The announcement was made today at the …

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Applications open for Blandin Broadband Community program

09.17.2014

Blandin Foundation has worked with 69 communities across rural Minnesota since 2003 as they invest in high-speed Internet access and use. From Baudette to Jackson, these joint initiatives have generated greater economic resilience and have bridged digital divides. The Foundation now is accepting applications for one of its broadband-related initiatives, its 2015-2016 Blandin Broadband Co…

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Blandin Foundation extends its commitment to rural broadband

03.24.2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – During their spring meeting March 20 and 21, Blandin Foundation trustees voted to extend the organization’s decade of work in rural broadband another two years (through 2016) and allocate $1.5 million more for community broadband grants. “We see every day what local leaders can do to address very significant and complex challenges,” said Dr. K…

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