Posted by: Ann Treacy | January 29, 2016

Redwood County Broadband Update: Redwood County Technology Training Lab

redwood 2Redwood County is hosting an open house on February 9 (3-6 pm) at the Redwood County Technology Training Lab. Part of the event is a celebration of all of the Redwood Connects events that have been happening in the area through funding from the Blandin Foundation. The event is open to everyone and they are going to have cookies – but I share their events for other communities thinking about how to increase broadband adoption and I wanted to share the brochure they developed, which does a nice job updating folks no what’s happening.

1st Round Grants Awarded
• Redwood Connect Technology Training Lab – Located in the basement of the Redwood County courthouse, this lab is available for use by the public as of January 1, 2016. To reserve the training lab, visit: (click on Redwood Connect) or call 507-637-1134. (Blandin grant=$9,150 Total project cost=$12,750)
• Redwood Area Community Education Technology Lunch & Learn – Technology classes are offered at a convenient location (Redwood Connect Lab), during a time suitable for businesses and senior citizens, taught by local experts and includes a lunch….all for the low price of $10 per class. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in one, or multiple classes. (Blandin grant=$3,540 Total project cost=$5,980)
• PC’s for People – Red Rock Central Schools and Redwood Area Early Childhood distributed about 50 computers to income-eligible families through the PC’s for People program.

2nd Round Grants Awarded

• Redwood Falls Public Library – 20 new computers are now available for use at the Redwood Falls Public Library. (Blandin grant=$10,500 Total project cost=$16,000)
• Redwood County GIS – Redwood County is implementing a new Geographical Information System (GIS) which is now open to the public. The program allows users to view land parcels, roads, maps, infrastructure, public accesses and more. (Blandin grant=$12,100 Total project cost=$24,200)
• Redwood Area Early Childhood SMART Board Interactive Flat TV’s – Two out of the three Redwood Area Early Childhood preschool classrooms will be equipped with SMART technology. (Blandin grant=$9,648 Total project cost=$12,648)
• Redwood Area Hospital TeleHealth – The Redwood Area Hospital Telehealth communication project will move forward. Telehealth is used to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. (Blandin grant=$25,000 Total project cost=$49,430)
• Red Rock Central Schools – Red Rock Central Schools purchased a 3D printer and will be implementing classes and training for 2016. Check the Redwood Connect website for training schedule. (Blandin grant=$6,000 Total project cost=$15,000)
• Redwood Connect Marketing – Technology training lab open house, marketing brochures and advertising and sponsorship for the Social Media Rockstar event, are a few of the ways Redwood Connect spread the word about the work in Redwood County. (Blandin grant=$4,000 Total project cost=$8,000)

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