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.

Ely reports on the 2017 MN Broadband conference

The Ely Timberjay reports on local leaders impression on the 2017 Fall Broadband Conference…

Harold Langowski, Economic Development Consultant John Fedo, and community leader Wende Nelson 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.

The Border to Border Broadband: Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact conference, co-hosted by Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, highlighted the many ways broadband is creating new opportunities for rural communities.

“Ely has a lot to be proud of,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, president and CEO of Blandin Foundation. “Local leaders are creating a broadband-enhanced future themselves when others wouldn’t do it for them. Their vision will propel the community forward.”

Research unveiled at the conference found that St. Louis County could see more than $57.3 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.  St. Louis County placed first as compared to Minnesota’s 86 other counties in potential benefits.

Better broadband expansion could mean economic boost in Nobles County

The Worthington Globe reports on information provided at the 2017 Fall Broadband Conference…

Nobles County could see more than $7.6 million in economic benefits over 15 years if just 20 percent of unserved households gain access to broadband service, according to a recent study.

Every unserved home in Nobles County is located in a rural area or rural town. Roberto Gallardo, assistant director at the Purdue University Center for Regional Development and author of the study, says rural communities can emerge in the growing digital economy — where people can work online from anywhere — with access to broadband, provided they take advantage of the high speeds that give them a competitive boost.

Gallardo created “digital divide” profiles for all 86 counties in Minnesota to show the divide in broadband service and socioeconomic conditions between rural and urban areas.

The study reports Nobles County had an index score of 42.09, similar to that of most Greater Minnesota counties. The divide, in this case, is mostly between Worthington and the rest of the county, as the city has widespread access to broadband speeds.

The study reports that 26.9 percent of Nobles County residents do not have access to fixed broadband of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload.

That’s where the Lismore Cooperative Telephone broadband project, funded in part by the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and Nobles County, will change things — by providing broadband wireless speeds to nearly every home in the county and lightning-fast fiber to hundreds of rural homes and every home in Wilmont and Leota.

In southwest Minnesota, Cottonwood County had the largest divide at 51.86 — 39.4 percent of the county is without broadband service. Murray County had the highest unserved population at 48 percent and would gain more than $6.7 million in economic benefits if that number was cut down.

Itasca County view of the MN Broadband Conference

The Grand Rapids Herald Review reports…

Itasca Economic Development Corporation’s Teri Heikkila 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. The Border to Border Broadband: Bridging the Gaps – Expanding the Impact conference, co-hosted by Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, highlighted the many ways broadband is creating new opportunities for rural communities.

Research unveiled at the conference found that Itasca County could see more than $18 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. Itasca County placed 19th as compared to Minnesota’s 86 other counties in potential benefits.

As leaders in rural broadband work, Heikkila and Itasca County were central to the conference sharing and learning. A past Blandin Broadband Community, Itasca County leaders have invested in projects such as one-on-one technology assessments and training for local businesses, monthly social media breakfasts, and an IT networking group.