Opportunity: Broadband editor for Institute for Local Self Reliance

Looking for a job? Here’s a good option, right here in Minnesota…

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is a national nonprofit working to reverse today’s extreme levels of corporate concentration and advance policies to rebuild the economic capacity of local communities. We use in-depth research, reporting, and data analysis to produce influential reports and articles. Our work illuminates the public policy decisions that have fueled concentration and shows how we can change the rules to create a more equitable and democratic future. Our analysis is frequently featured in national news media and sought out by policymakers. We work closely with a broad range of allies to move these ideas and policies.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is looking for a Broadband Writer/Editor to join a small team within ILSR focused on ensuring all Americans have fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access.

Get more details.

EVENT Mar 30: Human Services’ Calls with the Governor’s Office

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Reports

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, in conjunction with the office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, is pleased to host a series of four weekly Calls with Governor’s Office featuring updates for nonprofits on Minnesota’s response to COVID-19.
The Governor’s office values the state’s nonprofit partners and would like to easily give information as news is breaking in this changing environment. Each free virtual chat will take place over the next four Mondays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and will feature Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan, or both.
The first call will focus on information for, and questions from, nonprofits in the human services sectors. Visit MCN’s event page in the coming weeks for information on future calls.

On the face of it, this isn’t necessarily broadband-related, unless of course you had questions about the inequity of broadband connectivity in rural areas impacting ability to access government services or adhere to sheltering in place executive order.

OPPORTUNITY: Government Experience Awards 2020 Call for Entries

OK Minnesota – it’s time to flood the market and let them know how we shine…

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) invites nominations for its GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE AWARDS 2020, where we celebrate achievements and learn best practices from U.S. states, counties, cities, and federal agencies/departments. We will recognize communities that have gone beyond simply using the web to radically improve upon the experience of government and are pushing the boundaries of how services are delivered.

Submission Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020.

For more information and entry forms, visit www.govtech.com/cdgclick on the GovX banner/Call for Entries.

Webinar March 12: We are providing a webcast this year to assist you. Listen to CDG Co-Directors Teri Takai and Phil Bertolini, along with e.Republic’s Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler.

Register here (no cost) to attend the webcast.

Overall Experience Awards
All U.S. state, county and city governments may nominate their jurisdictions’ experience for the Overall category:

Award categories:
State Government
County Government
City Government

Project Experience Awards
U.S. state and local governments and their individual agencies and departments, and U.S. federal agencies/departments may nominate their projects for the Project Experience Awards.

Award categories:

Top government jurisdictions, agencies and departments will be honored at a celebratory, high-energy Experience Academy and awards event this fall, Sept. 24, 2020 in New Orleans.

OPPORTUNITY: 2020 Bush Prize for Community Innovation Applications due April 9, 2020

OK rural Minnesota communities – I’m talking to you! And it seems like any BBC participants are likely candidates…

The Bush Prize for Community Innovation celebrates organizations with a track record of successful community problem solving. Bush Prize winners are extraordinary not only in what they do, but how they do it. They work inclusively, in partnership with others, to make our region better for everyone.

Winners receive a flexible grant of up to $500,000, media relations support, a case study and a short film sharing the story of their innovative work.

We will accept Bush Prize applications through April 9, 2020.
Apply now!

Job Posting: Broadband Grants Administrator Job for MN Office of Broadband Development

There is an opening at the MN Office of Broadband Development. Great job for the right person…

The purpose of this position is to develop, promote, implement, provide technical assistance for, evaluate and report on state and/or federally funded financing programs of the Office of Broadband Development.  The Office develops and administers programs designed to achieve high quality broadband access for all Minnesotans and to support and promote the skills necessary to adopt and use broadband tools for economic, educational, health, and institutional benefits.  Programs administered include the following:

1)  Border-to-Border Infrastructure Grant program which provides state financing for DEED approved broadband infrastructure expansion projects;

2)  Supporting and maximizing Minnesota entities participation in federally-funded broadband infrastructure programs.

3)  Digital literacy, broadband adoption and use programs.

Learn more

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program application open until April 10, 2020

Big news, big opportunity

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help increase access to education, training and health care resources in rural communities.
USDA is making $71.7 million in grants available under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant program. This program helps rural communities use telecommunications-based audio and video equipment to connect teachers, students, medical providers and rural residents with each other and the world.
Applicants in rural areas of 20,000 people or less who provide education or health care services through
telecommunications facilities are eligible to apply. Applications will be scored, reviewed and selected on a
competitive basis.
Applications must be submitted to the applicant’s nearest USDA office or electronically via grants.gov by
April, 10, 2020. For more information, visit grants.gov.

Learn more and good luck!

USDA ReConnect program funding applications open Jan 31

The USDA announces

Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA will begin taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding on January 31. These funds will enable the federal government to continue to partner with the private sector and rural communities to build modern broadband infrastructure in areas with insufficient internet service. Insufficient service is defined as connection speeds of less than 10 megabits per second download and 1 megabit per second upload. Beginning Friday, ReConnect funding applications can be submitted at www.usda.gov/reconnect.

More info on eligibility and tech support…

Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding through USDA’s ReConnect Program to connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. Through the ReConnect Program, USDA is making available approximately $200 million for grants, as well as up to $200 million for loan and grant combinations, and up to $200 million for low-interest loans. Funds will be awarded to projects that have financially sustainable business models that will bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches and community facilities such as first responders, health care sites and schools.

To assist potential providers with their applications, USDA is hosting technical assistance and training webinars across the country. To see an updated list of dates and locations, or to register for a workshop or webinar, visit www.usda.gov/reconnect/events.