Each month the Blandin Foundation hosts two conversation or lunch bunch sessions; on the second Wednesday of the month the focus is Infrastructure and on the fourth the focus is Digital Inclusion and Use. Here are the topics for April:
Join us on April 14th for our lunch bunch discussion on emerging federal programs to fund broadband expansion in your community. Believe us, it is getting complicated! Each of the programs seem to have its own unique philosophy around ownership, partnership, technology and timing. Plus, there is wide latitude to spend direct federal aid to communities and counties on broadband. Are you ready for those discussions? There are plenty of webinars to be had with folks reading bullet points about the various programs; our lunch bunch won’t be that! It will be a vibrant discussion powered by your thoughts on how Minnesota communities are planning to maximize the pursuit and use of funds. Join us ready to contribute!
Join us April 28 for our lunch bunch on Digital Ready Communities. As part of the Fall Broadband Conference, three MN communities participated in Purdue University Center for Regional Development’s Digital Ready Community program that helps communities assess the local digital environment and create a community-wide plan for better local digital communication. (Learn more.) We will be hearing from participants and the folks from Purdue. Please come with questions and prepare to learn from their learning. Register here.