Border to Border Broadband Conference Oct 23-24: Learn from the Feasibility Charrettes

An invitation to the upcoming Broadband conference from the Blandin Foundation…

We hope to see you at Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota, our annual broadband conference, October 23-24 at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd. This year’s event will showcase and celebrate the transformative power of community passion fueled by high-speed broadband networks.

But not every community has access to high-speed, future-proof Internet… yet.

This year’s conference will feature something never attempted before – completion of a feasibility study in 30 hours! Three community teams will work with world-class community broadband consultants to consider technology choices, partnership options, finance tools and marketing considerations for their community.

The teams have already been selected but you have the option to learn alongside them, as a free agent, and take the information, tools and knowledge back to your own community.

Check out the conference webpage for more details about the “Feasibility Charrette” and the other session options we’re offering this year, including broadband advocacy, calculating the ROI of broadband networks, and demand building and tracking tools. Register today!

Great Community Opportunity for Community looking for Broadband!

UPDATE: the three communities have been chosen. Thank you!

Three rural communities will take a great leap forward in their knowledge of how to improve their broadband at the fall Border to Border Broadband Conference by taking part in a broadband planning exercise or charrette over the course of the conference.  Two of the three spots are already spoken for and we are seeking a third to fill our capacity.  Each team will go through a mini-feasibility study process assisted by their own nationally recognized planning consultant.  By the end of the conference, the community teams will have more knowledge of technology options, costs, finance, operating scenarios and partnerships.

We require a minimum of five community members to come to the conference and participate on the team.  Other conference attendees from other communities may join your team as interested participants.  Conference registration fees will be waived though communities are responsible for their own travel and lodging.  Communities will also be required to conduct a community survey in advance of the conference as a key input into the planning  process.  This will be a great opportunity for a community – from a single community to a county!

For more information, contact Bill Coleman, bill@communitytechnologyadvisors.com or 651-491-2551.

Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota – Oct 23-24 in Brainerd

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You’re Invited – Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota
October 23-24, 2018
Madden’s on Gull Lake – Brainerd, MN

We hope you will be joining us for Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota, our annual broadband conference, October 23-24 at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd. This year’s event will showcase and celebrate the transformative power of community passion fueled by high-speed broadband networks. But communities won’t be able to take advantage of all that broadband can offer if not everyone has access to it, and the skills to use it. That’s why you won’t want to miss, Climbing the Digital Use Ladder: Digital Inclusion, Adoption and Innovation.

Digital Inclusion is a ladder with steps that increase constantly. While some are inching to get on the ladder — others are beating the path to the top. You’ll hear from both ends of the spectrum during this half-day session on Tuesday, October 23 — and walk away with a few ideas you can implement tomorrow, and a few to work toward in the future.

Presenters include the ever-growing PCs for People on their refurbished computer distribution program, remote exercise programs for seniors from the Winona Friendship Center, precision agriculture from a Minnesota farmer, virtual reality projects that help with training, tourism and civic engagement as well as a few training programs.

Check out the conference webpage for more details, including the preliminary agenda, and register today!

You’re Invited! Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota

You’re Invited to Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota
October 23-24, 2018
Madden’s on Gull Lake – Brainerd, MN
#mnbroadband

We invite you to join us October 23-24, at beautiful Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd for our annual broadband conference, Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota. Drawing inspiration from across the state, the event will showcase and celebrate the transformative power of community passion fueled by high-speed broadband networks.

This year’s conference will showcase a variety of approaches that rural Minnesota communities have implemented to transform their communities into vibrant places now and into the future. Topics will cover the gamut from expanding broadband’s impact to leveraging investments to bridging the digital divide.

Check out the conference webpage for more details, including the preliminary agenda.

Register Today!

Join policymakers, economic and community development professionals, and community broadband champions from across the state for this annual opportunity to learn, connect, and engage.

We hope to see you there!

Bernadine Joselyn
Blandin Foundation

Be part of the conversation. Learn, Connect, Engage.
Hosted by Blandin Foundation with support from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota is being held October 23-24, 2018 at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota.

A block of rooms is being held at Madden’s through Tuesday, October 9. Call 1-800-642-5363 or click here to reserve online.

Save the date Oct 23-24 for the 2018 Fall Broadband conference: Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota

It’s not too early to start getting excited for the Fall Broadband Conference….

Rural Minnesota communities are “above average” in broadband access and use; 78% of rural Minnesota households enjoy fixed internet access at speeds the FCC defines as broadband, compared to 61% of rural residents nationally who have access to those speeds.

Drawing inspiration from around the state, this year’s conference will showcase this success with a look at the variety of approaches that rural communities have developed to expand broadband’s impact, leverage investments, and bridge the digital divide.

Join policymakers, economic and community development professionals, and community broadband champions from across the state for this annual opportunity to Learn — Connect — Engage

More information and registration coming soon!

Free Blandin Webinar Dec 14: Emerging trends in Minnesota Tele-Health

Please join the session and spread the word…

The Online Health Care Experience
Thursday, December 14 from 3-4 pm
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Listen and learn what is happening in three of Minnesota’s leading health care networks around the trend towards tele-health.  Care leaders from Essentia, Altru and Allina will discuss the importance of home tele-health care for the delivery of health care to rural communities and residents.  Learn about the importance of tele-health services to the vitality of rural health care providers.  Increase your understanding about the connection between good rural broadband and rural health care. Invite your own local health care providers to join us for this webinar.

Resilient Region’s take on the Minnesota Broadband Conference

Pine and Lakes Echo Journal reports…

Resilient Region leaders joined more than 150 broadband leaders from across rural Minnesota last month to compare approaches to expanding access to, and use of, high-speed internet.

Attending were Maureen Ideker of Essentia Health, Joe Buttweiler of Consolidated Telecommunications Co. and Dawn Espe and Cheryal Hills of the Region Five Development Commission

Research unveiled at the conference found that, combined, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties could see more than $78.6 million in economic benefits over 15 years if broadband access and use improved. Tech expert Robert Gallardo, assistant director at the Purdue Center for Regional Development, produced profiles of all Minnesota counties using his Digital Divide Index.

As leaders in rural broadband work, work occurring in the Resilient Region was central to the conference sharing and learning. A past Blandin Broadband Community, Resilient Region leaders have invested in projects such as video conferencing equipment at the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. offices; tele-health training through the Essentia Health Foundation; a technology expo in Wadena; and mobile devices for early childhood programs in Brainerd Public Schools.

Communities are starting to see the direct economic impact of broadband investments like those in the Resilient Region, a news release stated. Blandin Foundation-commissioned research released at the conference analyzed these impacts in five rural Minnesota communities, including Crow Wing County.