MADO strategic plan for rural Minnesota includes emphasis on broadband

MADOMADO (Minnesota Association of Development Organizations) recently released DevelopMN, their Comprehensive Development Strategy for Greater Minnesota. It is a collaborative plan…

This plan is the result of a collaborative effort of the members that make up the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO). It was developed out of the need for an economic development strategy for greater Minnesota that would align strategic economic development efforts around the state, and leverage resources at all levels for a greater overall development impact.

Collaboratively they defined cornerstone priorities…

DevelopMN identified the following cornerstones as key components of strong regions and communities. When approached in a coordinated way, these cornerstones will help create prosperity in Greater Minnesota through these four focus areas.
• Human Capital
• Economic Competitiveness
• Community Resources
• Foundational Assets

Broadband features as one of the Foundational Assets…

BROADBAND ACCESS

Call to Action
If Greater Minnesota’s communities are to remain competitive in today’s global economy, affordable high-speed internet is a necessity. Many businesses and residents experience lack of access to reliable broadband at acceptable speeds.

Trend Analysis
Based on broadband maps provided by MN Office of Broadband 88.29% of the state is unserved with wireline broadband at speeds of 25 Mbps download and 6 Mbps upload.

SMART Goal
100% of businesses and households in Minnesota will have access to federal broadband goals currently at 25MB/sec down and 6MB/sec up by 2025.

Strategies
1. Advocate for broadband funding at both state and federal levels.
2. Advocate for a symmetrical standard.
3. Create and/or leverage public/private partnerships to bring funding to improve broadband access.
4. Develop an inventory for best management practices (BMP) to improve policies and procedures for broadband and deployment of broadband service in rural, sparsely populated and high-cost regions
5. Ensure that collection of data around served and underserved regions.
6. Promoting a sophisticated understanding of the importance of broadband to a community’s infrastructure.

I spoke briefly to Cheryal Hills (Region Five) about the plan. She mentioned that the MADO network is interested to learn if/how the DevelopMN (Call to Action, Analysis, SMART Goals or Strategies) align with other statewide community and economic development agencies and their respective goals, projects or programs. If anyone has ideas it would be great to hear more. But I think it’s also an opportunity to identify other agencies that would benefit by considering and implementing DevelopMN.

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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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