Lots of organizations supporting the Minnesota Broadband vision!

It’s been a busy week – the legislative session just began and broadband is making everyone’s short list of hot topics. Not all of the players agree on the nuances but it’s fun to see how many people do come together on their support of the Minnesota broadband vision…

Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.

For your Sunday reading, I thought I’d share an updated list of all of the organizations who have supported the vision so far. (Note: If your organization is considering endorsing the vision and you need a formal resolution documents, we’ve drafted a resolution in support of the vision.

Statewide Advocacy Organizations:

  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC): a voluntary, non-partisan statewide organization that has assisted the state’s 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota since 1909
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM): a statewide association of professionals specializing in the field of economic development.
  • Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMP): a nonprofit corporation devoted to advocating for state economic development policies and resources that benefit Greater Minnesota
  • Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators (MACTA): originally formed to address issues that impact cable television and franchise development, MACTA has evolved into a an advocacy organization to help shape the rapidly changing telecommunications landscape as it affects cities
  • Minnesota Association of Professional County Economic Developers (MAPCED): promotes the role of counties in fostering economic growth, expanding the tax base, and enhancing quality of life
  • Minnesota Association of Townships: a nonprofit corporation representing 1,779 of Minnesota’s 1,782 townships
  • MN Library Association Legislative Committee: the committee is charged with recommending a legislative platform and program to the MLA board of directors each year and to lobby on behalf of MLA
  • Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA): a nonprofit corporation representing the interests of the state’s 100+ municipal electric and natural gas utilities
  • Minnesota Public Broadband Alliance: A statewide association representing the interests of communities that have invested either federal, state or local public dollars into support of a broadband network
  • Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus: MRCC is dedicated to promoting and protecting rural concerns and rural lifestyles through advocacy on behalf of Greater Minnesota county concerns at the Minnesota Legislature, and coordination of communication between its membership
  • Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA): the only advocacy organization devoted exclusively to Greater Minnesota schools
  • Minnesota School Boards Association: a leading advocate for public education by supporting, promoting and strengthening the work of public school boards
  • Minnesota Service Cooperatives: a Joint Powers organization comprised of nine educational service agencies
  • Northeast Service Cooperative (NESC): established by the legislature in 1976 as a nonprofit public corporation, NESC serves 32 school districts and 79 cities, counties and other governmental agencies throughout NE Minnesota through professional development, student enrichment and technology services

Government Officials

  • Congressman Rick Nolan: representing Minnesota’s 8th District
  • Congressman Collin Peterson: representing Minnesota’s 7th District

Educational Institutions

  • East Central MN Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC): a joint-powers association of schools in east central Minnesota that provides interactive TV programming to its members
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College: with campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena and online, M State’s mission is to provide education for dynamic learning, living, working and serving
  • TISP Forum (Telecommunications and Information Society Policy Forum), HHH School of Public Affairs, U of MN: the central clearinghouse for policy discussion in Minnesota and neighboring states on critical issues in telecommunications and information policy

Telecommunications Organizations

  • Leech Lake Telecommunications Company: a department of Leech Lake MIS Division, the telecommunications company is charged with providing and maintaining telephone communications to over 2000 desktops and modems on the reservation
  • MVTV Wireless: a nonprofit, member-owned corporation founded in 1960 to bring television to the Granite Falls area; in 1999 MVTV began providing wireless internet service, and now covers 22,000 square miles of Southwest Minnesota

Place-based Development Organizations and Units of Government

  • Chisago County HRA-EDA
  • Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission
  • Ortonville EDA
  • Redwood Area Development Corporation
  • Seward Township
  • Winona County EDA
  • Minnesota Initiative Foundations: established in the early 1980’s, these are strong, independent entities that are built to respond to regional needs and opportunities
  • Northland Foundation
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation
  • West Central Initiative

Regional Development Commissions: established in 1969 to provide technical assistance to the local units of government in their region

  • Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
  • Headwaters Regional Development Commission
  • Mid-Minnesota Development Commission
  • Northwest Regional Development Commission
  • Region Five Development Commission
  • Region Nine Development Commission
  • Southwest Regional Development Commission
  • Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission
  • Aitkin County
  • Big Stone County
  • Carlton County
  • Chippewa County
  • Itasca County
  • Kanabec County
  • Lac qui Parle County
  • Nobles County
  • Redwood County
  • Saint Louis County
  • Sherburne County
  • Sibley County
  • Winona County
  • Yellow Medicine County


  • City of Arlington
  • City of Big Lake
  • City of Brownton
  • City of Buffalo Lake
  • City of Elk River
  • City of Fairfax
  • City of Gaylord
  • City of Gibbon
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • City of Green Isle
  • City of Henderson
  • City of Lafayette
  • City of Madison
  • City of New Auburn
  • City of Stewart
  • City of Winthrop

Utility Companies

  • Agralite Electric Cooperative: a locally owned progressive utility providing dependable electric service and other consumer related products to improve the quality of life in the Benson area

Nonprofit Organizations and Community Groups

  • Camp UniStar Foundation: a non-profit organization offering programs to enhance personal and spiritual growth at their north woods island camp on Cass Lake, and driving positive change for the camp, the island environment, and the surrounding communities
  • Cloquet Valley Internet Initiative (CVII): a multi-township effort to improve the options residents have for high-speed internet service
  • EnSearch: located in the Brainerd Lakes Area, EnSearch provides research and evaluation services to support the growth of a variety of businesses and industries
  • IMPACT 20/20: an influential group of Northwest Minnesota leaders representing diverse interests and working together for the region’s economic success
  • Kanabec Broadband Initiative: an ad hoc group of community organizations that recognize the importance of broadband to the economic competitiveness of Kanabec County residents, businesses and institutions
  • Nobles Economic Opportunity Network (NEON): a coalition of governing agencies in Nobles County
    Project FINE: a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen and enrich the Winona area by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse
  • Red Wing Ignite: provides infrastructure that enables entrepreneurship and innovation for the Red Wing community
  • Resilient Region Champions of Region Five: a group of citizens a working together to realize the Resilient Region mission of planning sustainable regions that integrate the disciplines of housing, transportation, natural environment and economic development that will encompass in-reach strategies through HIGHLY involved civic engagement in efforts to build an inclusive region that will provide opportunities, be free from discrimination and improve the quality of life of ALL residents
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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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