Dakota Broadband Board finding a home and maybe a new ED

The Farmington Independent reports…

The Dakota Broadband Board may open office space on the second floor of Farmington City Hall.

“The Dakota Broadband is moving forward and they have offered to host the executive director here in the building,” said Brenda Wendlandt, human resources director for the City of Farmington. “We would also run salary and benefits through our payroll system and manage it and the DBB would reimburse us.”

The city is currently determining what the costs of having the office at City Hall would be. City staff are working on a contract for the rental space and human resources relationship between the city and the DBB.

And there’s more…

The DBB also plans to recruit a new executive director after Jan. 1, 2019, with the intention of the having a new director by the end of May.

Minnesota Dep of Commerce issues RFI on Internet of Things

A great opportunity for the right person and I’m excited to see what the folks at Energy Resources are thinking…

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources seeks responses to a Request for Information (RFI) from organizations or individuals interested in applied research and development projects that serve to accelerate the development and adoption of new energy efficient technologies and program strategies in Minnesota. The information obtained from this effort is intended to inform electric and natural gas utility Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) development and to guide state energy policy development.

The topic of this RFI is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to the interconnection of everyday devices, objects, or sensors via the Internet which enables those devices to send, receive, and process data in real time. While the potential to achieve greater efficiency through IoT devices and systems is promising, significant challenges remain to adopting and implementing them. As a result, Commerce would like to gather information and input about potential research topic ideas related to the use of IoT devices and systems in CIP.

The RFI and required forms are available for download on the Commerce RFP webpages through Monday, November 12, 2018.  Potential responders may also request a hard copy of the RFI by mail from this office. Requests for hard copies must be received by Commerce no later than 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Central Time (CT) on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

The RFI and forms can be obtained from:

Preferred Method: https://mn.gov/commerce/industries/rfp/

U.S. Postal Service:

Grants & Contracts Staff
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Division of Energy Resources
85 Seventh Place East, Suite 280
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Submittals in response to this RFI must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2018. Late submissions may not be considered. Submittal instructions are detailed in the RFI.

Community Networks Quickstart Program – application deadline September 28

The Institute for Local Self Reliance introduces a new program…

Introducing the Community Networks Quickstart Program, Our New Service with NEO Partners

Determining if a publicly owned network is right for your community is a multi-step, complex process. Many factors will influence whether or not the residents, business owners, and local leaders in your community will want to make an investment in Internet access infrastructure.
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative is now working with NEO Partners, LLC, to help local communities in the early phases as they consider investing in publicly owned infrastructure. Along with estimates for three different broadband approaches (Full Fiber-to-the-Premise model, Full wireless model, and a Hybrid approach), communities will receive advice and resources tailored to their needs. For a limited time, a few select communities will receive special pricing to help spread the word about the Community Networks Quickstart Program.

Communities of all sizes are encouraged to apply! Applications must be submitted by September 28th to be considered for the reduced rate. Find the details about the application process here. Please contact us at info@cnquickstart.com with any questions.

Job Posting: Supervisor of the Fiber Optic Services Group

Looks like a good job for someone

Supervisor of the Fiber Optic Services Group

Position Summary:

LOGIS provides top tier software, application support, and complete LAN services to over 50 member governmental agencies in Minnesota.Our mission is to facilitate and provide leading edge and adaptable technical solutions through the sharing of ideas, applications, systems, and resources in a member-driven consortium.

LOGIS is seeking a qualified individual to supervise our Fiber Optic Services group.This person will be responsible for designing, enhancing and maintaining the fiber optic facilities for LOGIS and our membership.This includes project management, design, coordination, budgets, vendor relations, presentations, and staff management.

Qualifications:

  • Education:BS in Engineering, IT, Business Management, or related field.
  • Experience in civil engineering, GIS, fiber optic management, and right of way management.
  • Experience with supervision of employees.

Please Contact :

LOGIS offers medical, dental, vision, and life insurance along with employer-paid short term disability and long term disability. LOGIS employees are members of the Public Employees Retirement Association pension plan.

Send resume to hr@logis.org. Job is open until filled. Review of resumes begins September 4, 2018.

Fiber Optic Analyst

Position Summary:

LOGIS provides top tier software, application support, and complete LAN services to over 50 member governmental agencies in Minnesota.Our mission is to facilitate and provide leading edge and adaptable technical solutions through the sharing of ideas, applications, systems, and resources in a member-driven consortium.

LOGIS is searching for a Fiber Optic Analyst that will be responsible for maintaining the LOGIS and member fiber optic facilities.Primary responsibilities will include overseeing changes and enhancements in the fiber optic plants, performing OTDR test and analyzing results, working with vendors and cities on routes, troubleshooting issues, splicing of fiber strands, and maintaining documentation.

Qualifications:

  • Education:B.S. in Engineering, IT, or related field.
  • Experience in external fiber optic implementations, splicing/repairing fiber optic networks, and fiber optic OTDR testing.

Please Contact :

LOGIS offers medical, dental, vision, and life insurance along with employer-paid short term disability and long term disability.LOGIS employees are members of the Public Employees Retirement Association pension plan.

Send resume to hr@logis.org. Job is open until filled.Review of resumes begins September 4, 2018.

Great Community Opportunity for Community looking for Broadband!

UPDATE: the three communities have been chosen. Thank you!

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.