Got broadband? Join us to make the most of it. Need broadband? We can help with that too! Our goal is to challenge and inspire community champions from across Minnesota. We will showcase examples of broadband-enabled economic and community development and celebrate the community leaders whose hard work and vision we have to thank.
This three-day conference at the beautiful Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN will offer learning and engagement on many aspects of the challenges and benefits of broadband access and use, from “Pursuing Broadband 101,” to digital inclusion tools and strategies for diverse audiences, to examples of tech-transformed health care, education, and Ag, to case studies of improved community broadband. Providers will discuss trends in deployments and offer advice to communities. Blandin Foundation will recognize community leaders who, since these annual conferences began fifteen years ago, have lead the way to better broadband. Besides panel discussions, presentations, and demonstrations, we will hear directly from millennials about how they decide where to live and work, and there will be some magic.
It’s a great time to network with people who can help you put broadband to work. It’s a great place to bring leaders from your community who could use a little inspiration to recognize the power of broadband.
Moderated by Bill Coleman, Community Technology Advisors
- Joe Buttweiler, CTC
- Bill Eckles, BEVCOMM
- Steve Howard, Paul Bunyan Communications
The panel reacts to the presentations from the communities that participated in the charrettes.
Koochiching, Le Sueur, and Waseca county teams will present what they’ve learned about options for broadband deployment in their communities.
Provider Respondent Panel Prospective partner telecom providers share their reactions to the work done by the charrette communities including tips for next steps, additional information required and key considerations for successful partnerships.
Learn why you want to become a member of and actively participate in the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition. Coalition leaders will provide an update on the coalition’s past efforts and future strategies for promoting rural broadband deployment.
- Nancy Hoffman, Chisago County HRA EDA
- Becky Lourey, Nemadji Research Corp.
- Vince Robinson, Lincoln County Enterprise Dev Corp
- Nathan Zacharias, Conservation Strategies
Convincing a broadband provider to expand service in or to your area can be tough when the homes are few and far between. We will learn about tools that can help you quantify the interest that’s there and that will help build the business case.
Moderated by Diane Wells, MN Office of Broadband Development
- Paul Solsrud, Cooperative Network Services
- Damian Smith, City of Lake Shore
In this hands-on session, we will go through the process of developing a message that you can use with local community leaders, policymakers and the general public to help them understand the importance of investing in broadband in the local community.
- Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
- Ann Treacy, Treacy Information Services