Blandin Foundation awards grant to Computer Commuter

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn (May 7, 2014) – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded six grants totaling $147,750 that assist rural Minnesota communities in advancing high-speed Internet access and use in their communities.

The Lac qui Parle Economic Development Authority will support residents in gaining digital literacy skills available through the local Computer Commuter, with support of a $25,000 Blandin Foundation grant.

“We’re excited to receive this support from an organization as strong as the Blandin Foundation,” said Mary Quick, coordinator for the Lac qui Parle Computer Commuter.  “Our mobile computer lab has become a valuable asset in increasing the digital literacy skills of our residents.  We look forward to continuing that effort.”

The Lac qui Parle Computer Commuter is a mobile computer lab that tours the county to provide training and assistance to residents and local businesses. Since it hit the streets in 2010, more than 3,431 residents have used the Computer Commuter’s services.  
“Rural leaders know that connected communities are vibrant communities,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, CEO of Blandin Foundation. “We are delighted to see how the Lac qui Parle Economic Development Authority is using the Computer Commuter to offer more residents access to the opportunities that high-speed Internet offers.”

Since making rural broadband use and access a focus in 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with leaders in more than 60 communities and 80 organizations across the state to support sustainable broadband adoption to enhance quality of life and place.

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