Last Chance to Register! Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota

We’re getting excited – now is a good time to register…

October 23-24, 2018
Madden’s on Gull Lake – Brainerd, MN

There is still time to register for Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota!

In one week, Minnesota’s brightest and most experienced broadband thinkers and practitioners will gather at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd to learn from both formal presentations and active networking. This year’s conference will showcase and celebrate the transformative power of community passion fueled by high-speed broadband networks.

Check out the event agenda – there are so many reasons to attend. We hope that you do!

Register today!

More reasons to attend Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota Oct 23-24

An invitation from the Blandin Foundation…

Our annual broadband conference, Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota, at Madden’s on Gull Lake in Brainerd is now just weeks away! If you haven’t reserved lodging yet, please do so by Tuesday, October 9. Call 1-800-642-5363 or click here to reserve online. Lodging availability is not guaranteed after October 9.

This year’s event will showcase and celebrate the transformative power of community passion fueled by high-speed broadband networks. We’re starting out strong the morning Tuesday, October 23 with two options of sessions guaranteed to inform and engage.

Broadband 101 is back! This session will improve your ability to make smart decisions and create partnerships to deliver wired and wireless broadband technologies. Jason Dale of Cooperative Network Services, Doug Dawson of CCG Consulting, Diane Kruse of NEO Connect, and Mark Mrla of Finley Engineering will share their expertise in helping leaders determine the best solutions for broadband infrastructure in their communities.

Approaches to Broadband-Based Economic Development. Broadband is essential to a thriving community – but it doesn’t work in a vacuum. Gary Johnson of Paul Bunyan Communications, Tom Lambrecht of Great River Energy, Richard Stuart of TenBelow coworking space, and Brian Zelenak of Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative will share their experience supporting tech-based economic development strategies along with tips and advice for engaging with providers around broadband fueled economic development.

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

Keynote highlights for the upcoming Minnesota Broadband conference Oct 23-24

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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.

Inspiration can come from many places, and we look to fuel your passion for broadband and community with our keynote presentations. Their messages differ, but both offer hope and reassurance that this work is worth it!

Tuesday evening you will hear from Alison Grant, one of the authors of Purdue University study that projects $12 billion in statewide net benefits of building broadband to all areas served by Indiana’s Rural Electric Member Cooperatives, which cover 80% of the landmass. This means that for every dollar invested in rural broadband infrastructure, approximately $3-$4 are returned to the rural areas in economic or social benefits. From a societal perspective, rural broadband investment clearly pays. However, system costs will not be covered by customer revenue alone, so external assistance is required. Preview the Purdue University study here.

If digital equity is what drives your passion, you won’t want to miss the Wednesday morning presentation by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva from St. Paul Neighborhood Network-Community Technology Empowerment Project. Promoting digital access and inclusion may have never felt more urgent, but achieving digital equity in an increasingly fragile democracy can often feel daunting. Lessons gleaned from the field and from social movements show how we are uniquely positioned to push for change and tell the story of a society in which technology is a tool for equal participation.

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

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!