Project FINE

I am pleased to introduce the exhibitors for the 2012 Broadband Conference (Building our Connected Future: Minnesota’s Better with Broadband!). Today our featured exhibitor is Project FINE.

Project FINE

Project FINE is a local, private, non-profit, tax exempt organization that helps newcomers integrate into the community. We provide foreign language interpreters and translators as well as opportunities for education, information, referral, and empowerment for immigrants and refugees. Our work is accomplished through a small staff, volunteers, interpreters, and extensive collaboration with local service providers.

Project FINE received support through the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative.

Meet the Representatives:

Fatima Said

A refugee to the United States from her native Bosnia, Fatima Said came to Project FINE with a background in education and business, as well as 12 years of experience as a teacher and director of the Head Start program at Child Care Resources and Referral in Rochester.  In addition to her duties at Project FINE, Fatima is also very involved in both the Winona and Rochester Communities.

Ask Us About

Project FINE has worked to provide computers and training to their constituents. They have received donated computers and money from community partners.  They offer a wide range of computer classes and have computer science majors that are tutoring FINE clients. The community response to broadband efforts has been terrific; people come early to the classes and want more.

Learn more…

The following is an archive of a webinar in which Fatima spoke to the MIRC partners about the work in Winona:

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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