Thank you MN Broadband Summit Exhibitors 2019 #MNBroadband

I want to send out a big thanks to the exhibitors of the 2019 broadband summit – Innovation: Putting Broadband to Work. It’s an eclectic group – so something for everyone and if you come to the conference you’ll get a chance to meet them and win some prizes with Broadband Bingo.

See you tomorrow! Can’t make it to Nisswa? We’ll be livestreaming.

203 8th Ave; Defiance, IA 51527
Brian Trader, Territory Sales Manager
(712) 307-2803
Adtran is a networking and access gear system company with many facets of access.  We have have been around since 1983 and believe in hardware and software that is SOLID and lasting.

BorealCorps Story Scouts
PO Box 301; Grand Marais, MN 55604
Anne Brataas, Editor and Publisher of Child Authors’ Community Media
BorealCorps is a Cook County-based kids’ entrepreneurial writing club specializing in digital storytelling. We are Story Scouts committed to amplifying the voices and impacts of rural youth by connecting people of all ages, and creating community through reporting stories in digital and print newspapers told from a child’s eye view in words, pictures, video and sound. Begun with a Blandin Broadband Innovation Grant in 2017, we are now supported by Minnesota Children’s Press.

2777 Orchard Parkway; San Jose, CA 95134
Bret McElwee, Regional Sales Manager
Calix is the leading provider of the cloud, software platforms, systems and services required to deliver the unified access network and smart premises of tomorrow.

DPS = Emergency Communication Networks
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1725; St. Paul, MN 55101
Melinda Miller, Program Manager, Wireless Broadband
(651) 201-7554
The Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Communication Networks is involved in oversight of the public safety networks and programs used in MN to support first responders.  The networks include 911, Wireless Broadband – Public Safety Broadband Network, IPAWS – Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, and the ARMER Radio Network.  The Wireless Broadband Program has an interest in seeing coverage expand in rural MN because it only strengthens the access for public safety users like fire departments, local sheriff’s, and county 911 Centers.

Finley Engineering Company, Inc.
1981 Engebretson Street; Slayton, MN 56172
Ben Humphrey, Vice President
Mark Mrla, Director
Christopher Konechne

Whether you’re a rural electric cooperative, a city, a county, telecommunications or another organization exploring fiber opportunities, your goal is the same: find the optimal way to bring high-speed broadband to your community.  When you partner with Finley, you’ll experience an approach to network design and deployment that is as unique as your business.

We take the time to understand the entire landscape of your business needs and strategic direction, from your structure and tolerance for risk to unique requirements and expected outcomes. Then we work with you to find the best solution “fit” on all fronts: business, financial and technical.

For us, it’s not just consulting. It’s a partnership. We become a trusted extension of your team.

Growth & Justice
970 Ramond Avenue, Suite 201; St. Paul, MN 55114
Jane Leonard, President
(651) 917-6037
Growth & Justice is a nonprofit organization that develops public policy recommendations for community and economic development progress based on independent research and extensive community engagement; we believe when Minnesotans make smart investments in practical solutions it leads to broader prosperity for all.

For nearly two decades we have worked to connect and unite Minnesotans around one simple philosophy: widespread economic opportunity and greater economic and social justice lead to a thriving, vital future for all of us. This includes advocacy for inclusive broadband infrastructure development and digital economy equity across our state.

Kairos Alive!
4316 Upton Ave. South #206; Minneapolis, MN 55410
Maria Genné, MEd, Founder/Director/Teaching Artist
Kairos Alive! is a social impact organization powered by the performing arts. Kairos was created by dancer / choreographer / educator Maria Genné in 1999, with her vision to share the joy of intergenerational interactive participatory dance, music and theater, and to liberate its power to nurture and heal. Kairos’ pioneering, national award-winning programs were featured in the PBS documentary, Arts and the Mind, and are recognized as model involvement programs by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Public Health Association and the American Society on Aging.

Kairos’ Choreography of Care™ programs promote personal and community wellbeing through its Intergenerational Dance Hall™ public participation events, Dancing Heart™ weekly programming, our Community Arts and Wellbeing™ Residencies, and Moving Well™ arts and health training. We have strong interactive participatory online/distance learning programming, including Dancing Heart™ Live! weekly sessions.

Through short-term residencies, ongoing workshops, weekly distance interactive learning sessions via web technology and performances, Kairos artists invite participants to experience the interweaving of dance, music and theater, to redefine their beliefs about their physical and artistic abilities and possibilities of creative connections and community building. Kairos Alive! seeks to create teaching and learning communities based in artistic creation and the latest arts/health research, and to join as creative collaborators in developing programs and performances for diverse communities across Minnesota.

Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition
125 Charles Avenue; St. Paul, MN 55103
Nancy Hoffman, Chair
(651) 674-9979
The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is a membership group of local units of government, elected officials, economic development agencies, educational institutions, health care organizations, telecommunications organizations, non-profits, individuals and more who advocate at the State Capitol for better broadband in rural Minnesota.

Department of Employment & Economic Development (MN DEED)
Office of Broadband Development
1st National Bank Building; 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200; St. Paul, MN 55101
The Office of Broadband Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MN DEED) is the central broadband planning agency for the state. The office advises policy-makers on broadband related issues; measures and monitors broadband access statewide, including producing maps showing areas with and without access;  administers the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program; tracks connectivity needs of community anchor institutions such as K-12 schools, libraries, and healthcare providers; helps to identify and remove barriers to broadband deployment; surveys digital literacy and inclusion issues and opportunities; monitors federal policies and programs that impact Minnesota; acts as a clearinghouse for information on broadband funding sources and other resources, works with communities to help find solutions to their identified gaps, and provides administrative support to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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