Deadline to apply for MN Broadband Task Force in June 5

I wrote about this earlier but wanted to nudge people to apply! I’m borrowing from the announcement from the Office of Broadband Development

On March 29, 2019, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 19-10 continuing the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. According to the language of the Executive Order, “A multi-stakeholder body should continue to advise the executive and legislative branches on broadband policy, including strategies for successfully achieving the state broadband goals, comprehensive assessment of digital inclusion issues and gaps, and strategies for unlocking the benefits of universal access to broadband for all communities in Minnesota.” The Task Force will consist of 15 members, with the Governor appointing one member to serve as chair. The Task Force is charged with creating an annual report to be issued by December 31 each year. The report will address areas such as: the needs, barriers, issues and goals for broadband access; the needs and use of broadband in various sectors; digital inclusion definitions and the benefits, needs and strategies for addressing identified gaps; availability and accessibility for unserved and underserved populations; advances in broadband technology; opportunities to coordinate with other levels of government; and continued review of the adequacy and appropriateness of the broadband goals.

Information on how to apply to serve on Governor Walz’s Task Force on Broadband is available on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Open Positions site.

This new Task Force will build on the work of former Governor Dayton’s Task Force on Broadband. Several initiatives of that task force ultimately ended up being adopted in law, including the creation of an Office of Broadband Development, the establishment of a Border to Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program, and the goals that all homes and businesses have access to broadband service of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload by 2022 and that all homes and businesses have access to at least one provider offering service of at least 100Mbps download/20Mbps upload by 2026. For reference, the meeting minutes and agendas and the annual reports from the last few years of Governor Dayton’s Task Force on Broadband are posted below.

Help Wanted: GIS and Data Visualization Researcher for MuniNetworks

Great job opportunity for the right person – just be sure to let me know finish fun projects…

GIS and Data Visualization Researcher  — Minneapolis, MN 

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks a GIS and Data Visualization Researcher to support ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative. We are looking for candidates that have a passion for policy and visualizing data. We work on a wide range of issues including universal Internet access, network neutrality, and municipal broadband. We strongly value a diverse workforce and are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. ILSR promotes an environment free of discrimination and harassment and our Minneapolis office is located in a welcoming neighborhood.

Position includes employer-paid health plan, retirement match, generous vacation, a laptop for work use, and a dynamic workforce of dedicated and friendly policy wonks trying to make the world a better place. Salary will likely be between $31,000 and $35,000 in the first year with opportunities for yearly advancement.

Application materials due: Friday, June 7, 2019.


  • Create informative maps using public databases
  • Compile statistics related to Internet access
  • Work creatively with the Community Broadband Networks Team to develop visual resources to educate policymakers and activists on issues around Internet access
  • Do ongoing research for longer reports and projects
  • Occasional projects for other initiatives as needed


  • Strong writing, research, and communications skills
  • Proficiency with statistics and GIS applications, experience cleaning data
  • Background knowledge of public policy and/or economics (preferred, but not required)
  • Creative – graphics, videos, audio, maps, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks
  • Enthusiasm for policy work to improve Internet access for everyone
  • Experience using Python or R is a plus

To apply: Please use the subject line “Mapping and Data Research Application” when sending your materials to Include a cover letter, resume, and example of a map or data visualization product. Applications are due Friday, June 7, 2019 but we will begin to review applicant materials before the deadline. Feel free to apply after that date – if you are incredible, we may create another position. Never hurts to try. Please do.

Help Wanted: Minneapolis Chief Information Officer

A great opportunity for the right person – Minneapolis CIO

The Chief Information Officer defines the vision for the City’s Information and Telecommunications Services and
provides strategic leadership to implement various infrastructure tools needed to establish IT standards and architecture across the City, including design, development and integration of software, hardware, e-government
and enterprise wide applications to City departments.
Major responsibilities include:
• Provides overall oversight and management of department operations.
• Prepares and presents the annual operating budget.
• Provides leadership for the Strategic Information Systems Plan (SISP) and develops and maintains an investment strategy for technology projects.
• Oversees an ongoing process to measure benefits, value and costs of all technology projects.
• Directs and oversees the development and management of the overall information architecture that defines
technology applications, data and information management processes and how each component works together to meet City goals.
• Partners with department heads and aligns information technology with the business needs of the departments in support of the Strategic Plan.
• Oversees the development of enterprise systems for multiple businesses.
• Oversees the development of standards and guidelines for the acquisition, installation and use of computers,
local area networks, application systems and communication and telecommunication systems.
• Develops a citywide vision for electronic access to information and government services and oversees the development of strategies for Internet, Intranet and e-government business applications.
• Partners with outside vendors for specific technical services as a critical aspect of the strategy for information
management and exercises responsibility to select contractors, determine budget, negotiate contracts and
monitor contractor performance.
• Attends public hearings, meetings, and legislative subcommittees as needed to advise on information technology matters.
• Participates on internal and external committees, boards, and task forces as appropriate.
Major Areas of Focus
• Lead change management initiatives emphasizing process over the tool.
• Collaborate with appointed and elected leaders on issues of enterprise-wide importance.
• Work with department heads to identify and develop opportunities for data integration and process improvements across business units.
• Review outsourced services with the intent of reestablishing internal service delivery in the City’s Information
Technology Department.
• Participate in the information technology governance process working with others to make technology funding decisions
• Expand communication with stakeholders on strategic technology issues
• Develop the City’s ability for employees to work remotely

Tekne Awards – Applications open June 3

OK rural friends, let’s flood the nominations and applications with addresses outside of the Twin Cities! From the MHTA newsletter

Are you an innovator in science and tech at a Minnesota organization? We’re looking for you. Award categories for the 2019 Tekne Awards will be announced on May 28–one week from today.  Applications will be accepted from June 3 to August 9 with the Tekne Awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday, Nov 20.
The Tekne Awards recognize science and technology leaders in Minnesota’s innovation economy. The awards celebrate the individuals and organizations that play a significant role in creating new technologies to educate and improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world.
Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award
Exceptional leaders also play a significant role in creating prosperity for our great state.  We recognize them with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Tekne program.  Recent recipients include Dr. Steven Crouch from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Bhabani Misra from the University of St. Thomas.  New this year, MHTA members are invited to nominate a deserving leader for this award.  Details will be announced next week.

Job Opportunity: Broadband Development Manager at Office of Broadband Development

It seems like this would be a good fit for someone reading the blog…

Job Class: State Program Administrator Manager Senior

Working Title:  Broadband Development Manager

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted:  05/09/2019
Closing Date:  05/29/2019
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Employment & Economic Development
Division/Unit:  Office of Broadband Development
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Days of Work: Monday – Friday
Travel Required: Yes
Salary Range: $35.74 – $51.41/hourly; $74,625 – $107,344/annually
Classified Status: Unclassified
Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Job Summary

This is a temporary unclassified position with an expected duration of up to two years.

This position is responsible for managing broadband program processes, staff and workflows, working with stakeholders on broadband development initiatives, the creation and implementation of program support activities; including those of the state’s Border-to-Border broadband grant program, and providing technical assistance to communities, associations and telecommunications providers in broadband development efforts throughout Minnesota.

Job Duties:

-Develop, manage and implement broadband program processes to support the broadband goals and priorities as defined by the agency and state statute in consultation with the Executive Director.
-Provide management and direction to broadband grant program staff.
-Promote DEED broadband programs and activities.
-Manage the broadband technical assistance program which serves grantees, communities, associations and providers in supporting broadband development activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree


Supervisory or managerial experience supervising direct reports of a professional level with demonstrated skills in hiring, setting priorities, training, providing work direction, performance management, coaching and developing staff;


Grants management experience;


Experience with broadband development activities, including working with broadband providers and communities on planning and development activities


Experience in financial analysis and operational budgets
Good problem-solving skills
Ability to deliver public presentations
Ability to create and deliver education and training materials
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Excellent human relations skills sufficient to perform supervisory duties and effectively develop and maintain relationships with a diverse client set

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree
Three or more years of professional experience in a broadband-related field
Project management experience
Process improvement experience

Additional Requirements

Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above.  If your skills match the required skills for this positon, the department may contact you.  Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists.  This may include a review of documentation related to job performance.  It includes contact with the applicant’s current and/or former employers.

A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on all finalists for this position.  A criminal conviction will not automatically remove you from consideration for employment.

When the position requires travel and the applicant drives a state owned or leased vehicle, a driver’s license and record check will be conducted

Apply to be on the next MN Broadband Task Force

Applications are now being accepted for the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

BOARD/COMMISSION:  Governor’s Task Force On Broadband
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St Paul, MN
Web Site

Supporting Entity/Enabling LegislationSupported by Department of Employment and Economic Development ENABLING LEGISLATION
EXECUTIVE. ORDER 11-27 replaced by Executive Order 19-10
Enabled: 08-25-2011 Expires: 04-07-2023

Diane Wells
(651) 259-7613
Membership includes a maximum of 15 members, representative of both metro and greater Minnesota. A balance of broadband interests, include: consumers, education institutions, health care institutions, telephone companies, cable companies, wireless companies, metropolitan areas and rural areas.
Entity Powers and Duties, Activity Summary

To develop, implement and promote state broadband policy, planning and initiatives to achieve State broadband needs and goals. Inventory, assess and report on various aspects of broadband. Develop a Minnesota Broadband Plan outline.
Good luck!

Career Opportunity at Blandin Foundation: Grants Program Assistant

An opportunity at Blandin – great mission, great people…

Grants Program Assistant

The Blandin Foundation is seeking a full-time Grants Program Assistant.  This position supports the grant and scholarship application and administration functions.

Candidates should have a high level of understanding and experience working with customer relationship management (CRM) databases as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years post-secondary education, with a 4-year degree beneficial, or demonstrated combination of education and applicable work experience.  Experience in the non-profit field is beneficial.

For a copy of the position description, please download the PDF file below.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and references to:

Shari Undeland
Human Resources Generalist
100 N. Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Deadline for application is May 22, 2019 or until position is filled.