Earlier this month we introduced the Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP), an opportunity for 10 Minnesota communities to participate in an intensive partnership with Blandin Foundation to develop better broadband in their community. Blandin is looking for communities that are able to hit the ground running; one indicator of readiness is the presence of a Leadership Team for the project. Blandin is asking communities to have one in place when they apply for consideration.
In the video below, Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors offers advice for convening a successful leadership team – including the stakeholders that are typically helpful in the pursuit of broadband and personality types that help get things done. Each community will be a little different – but I think Bill’s advice is good and may spur some innovative thinking for communities interested in moving forward.