Here’s another speaker bio for the upcoming Minnesota Broadband conference…
Danna Asche, the Information Systems Director for Cook County, MN considers herself very fortunate to be active at the local, regional and state levels applying the tools of the IT trade to deliver better services to citizens and to build stronger, healthier communities; all while hailing from the beautiful town of Grand Marais. (thank you, video conferencing!)
One favorite aspect of her involvement in community is the ability to cross-pollinate ideas between the different organizations she works with. She currently has the honor of serving on the Blandin Broadband Strategy Board, the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic board and the Cook County Higher Education board as well as several other state and professional organizations.
Over 10 years ago she co-founded the local cooperative ISP in Grand Marais that now serves over 1500 members, offers many forms of broadband connections and serves as a vital communications “hitching post” for the tip of the Arrowhead communities. More recently, she has worked with community partners to explore the ideas behind community journalism, locally-generated content and Web 2.0 applications and how they might be applied to strengthen what the ISP has already built.
What aspects of broadband are on your mind these days? (Or what info do you hope to impart at the conference?)
That broadband needs to be considered an important tool in every rural community’s toolbox. It really hits its stride when you hear the “non-nerds” talking about how to apply it at places like our city council meetings, clinic board meetings and school gatherings.
What are you hoping to learn at the conference?
I go to these conferences for two reasons: to share my enthusiasm for the power that broadband and the emerging applications that it delivers can have in solving our local problems and making local magic happen. But I also go to get re-energized. Tackling these issues and trying to bring projects home takes a lot of energy, patience and stamina. We all tend to ebb and flow in our ability to keep up with these demands. It is important that we gather, share war stories and share in each others’ successes.