TelecommuterForward! Legislation signed into Law May 3

Oh it’s a busy time of year! But it was great to see the TelecommuterForward! Legislation passed last Friday. Here are the details from the Revisor’s Office

An act

relating to economic development; creating a Telecommuter Forward! certification;

proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116J.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

[116J.9923] TELECOMMUNICATION FORWARD! CERTIFICATION.

Subdivision 1.

Definition.

In this section, “political subdivision” means a city, township, or county.

Subd. 2.

Certification.

A political subdivision may apply to the commissioner of employment and economic development for certification as a Telecommuter Forward! Community. The commissioner of employment and economic development shall prescribe the form and manner for making an application. Before approving an application, the commissioner shall consider the application and the information in subdivision 3.

Subd. 3.

Resolution.

In addition to the application in subdivision 2, a political subdivision must adopt a resolution that does both of the following:

(1) states the political subdivision’s support and commitment to promote the availability of telecommuting options; and

(2) provides for a single point of contact for coordinating telecommuting opportunities that has all of the following responsibilities:

(i) coordination and partnership with broadband providers, realtors, economic development professionals, employers, employees, and other telecommuting stakeholders;

(ii) collaboration with broadband providers and employers to identify, develop, and market telecommuter-capable broadband packages;

(iii) communication and partnership with broadband providers and economic development professionals to develop common goals;

(iv) promotion of telecommuter-friendly work spaces, such as business incubators with telecommuting spaces, if such a work space has been established in the political subdivision at the time the political subdivision adopts the resolution;

(v) familiarity with broadband mapping tools and other state-level resources;

(vi) maintaining regular communication with the state broadband office; and

(vii) making regular reports to the governing body of the political subdivision.

I know the Office of Broadband Development is excited to talk with communities about how to leverage the broadband they have to attract and retain telecommuters and other work-from-home careers.

They see this as one of many steps communities can take to signal they welcome and support solopreneurs and telecommuting jobs.

They are working on our implementation plan and will have more information for you in the next month, but since it is a broadband application I thought it might be appropriate to cover along with the other legislation.

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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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