Great Community Opportunity for Community looking for Broadband!

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.

Submit your nomination now for the 2019 Intelligent Community Awards!

It would be nice to see some Minnesota communities in the mix for the Intelligent Community Awards…

Nominations are currently open for the 2019 Intelligent Community Awards. Communities qualifying for the Smart21, Top7 or Intelligent Community of the Year become part of a global working group of regions, cities and towns organized by ICF, a group that currently includes over 170 members. They also receive media coverage, investment inquiries and independent validation of their community’s progress as they strive to keep their best people “home.”

There is no cost to submit a nomination. The deadline to nominate a community is September 21, 2018.

Click here to learn more and submit your nomination.

MN 2018 Tekne Awards – Nominate a neighbor by Aug 3

It’s nice to see a lot of rural businesses, leaders and projects make the list…

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) announced categories for our 19th Annual Tekne Awards. Applications will be accepted until August 3, with the Tekne Awards ceremony to be held November 29.

Tekne Awards recognize the leaders in Minnesota’s innovation economy and cutting-edge innovators in science and technology. The awards celebrate the individuals and organizations that play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate and improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world.

Learn more.  Also, on June 20 at 9 a.m. there is a Tekne Award Webinar.  MHTA will be hosting a webinar to provide advice and answer your questions on award categories, eligibility, important dates and more. A past award recipient and Tekne judge will also provide their perspectives. Register here for the webinar.

Rural Community Development Initiative – Deadline June 25

Grants.gov provides info on the grants from the USDA…

Qualified private, nonprofit and public including tribal intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the funding.  The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant.  The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000 and $250,000.  The Intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.

 

Best Buy Community Grants Program – deadline May 31

Good luck!

BEST BUY is offering grants through its Community Grants Program provides support to community-based organizations that are located within 25 miles of a Best Buy facility. Grants focus on out-of-school time programs that create access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers. Programs should include hands-on learning opportunities and engage the youth, ages 13-18, in experimenting and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills.

Deadline: 5/31/2018.

Institute for Local Self Reliance is hiring for 2 positions

Institute for Local Self Reliance is hiring two separate positions for their Broadband team:

A Policy and Mapping Intern

The internship is available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and other interested individuals who can commit to 20 – 40 hours per week. Course credit may be available with approval from an academic department. We would like the position to start by May 15 but can be flexible.

Please use the subject line “INTERNet Application” when sending your materials. Applications are due Friday, May 4, 2018. Feel free to apply after that date – if you are incredible, we may create another position. Never hurts to try. Please do.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Write compelling, well-researched, and concise articles on a short deadline
  • Create informative maps using public databases
  • Compile statistics on Internet access in defined geographic areas
  • Do ongoing research for longer reports and projects
  • Other projects as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Effective writing and communications skills
  • Familiarity with statistics and GIS (some experience preferred, but not required)
  • Background knowledge of public policy and/or economics (preferred, but not required)
  • Comfortable making cold calls to public officials
  • Creative – graphics, videos, audio, maps, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and juggle multiple tasks

You do not need to know much about broadband policy or telecommunications. You do need to be passionate about public policy.

A Research Associate

Interest is booming in cooperative and municipal Internet infrastructure and related issues. We’re looking for someone passionate about working to develop policies related to Internet access, network neutrality, and publicly owned broadband. If that’s you, let’s talk. Are you our next creative Research Associate? Applications are due May 11th.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Write compelling, well-researched documents:

  • Articles
  • Policy Briefs/Reports,
  • Fact Sheets

Manage data projects:

  • Data cleaning and analysis
  • Map design and GIS
  • Background research for coworkers or reporters as necessary
  • Collaborate on Initiative-wide projects
  • Assist with outreach on large projects
  • Support other projects as assigned

Perform administrative tasks:

  • Take notes at staff meetings
  • Organize and purchase office supplies

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Effective writing and communication skills
  • Background knowledge of public policy and economics
  • Able to work independently and juggle multiple tasks
  • Experience with a statistics program (Examples: R, Stata) or ability to learn quickly
  • Some experience with GIS (Examples: ArcGIS, QGIS) or ability to learn quickly
  • Innovative with publicly available databases
  • Comfortable making cold calls to public officials
  • Creative: graphics, video, audio, interactive maps, etc.

NTIA is looking for FirstNet Board members – applications due May 21

From the NTIA site

NTIA issues this Notice on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to initiate the annual process to seek expressions of interest from individuals who would like to serve on the FirstNet Board. One of the 12 appointments of nonpermanent members to the FirstNet Board, expiring August 2019, is currently vacant. Additionally, four of the 12 appointments of nonpermanent members to the FirstNet Board expire in August 2018, creating a total of five available appointments to the FirstNet Board. NTIA issues this Notice to obtain expressions of interest in being selected by the Secretary to the FirstNet Board. Expressions of interest must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before May 21, 2018.

For further information please contact Marsha MacBride, Associate Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4078, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5802; email: mmacbride@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002.