Bellaire, MI – On Wednesday, January 30, Antrim County will be certified as a “Connected” community. County representatives will release a Technology Action Plan that will include results of a months-long assessment undertaken by the Antrim County Community Engagement Team.
The Antrim County Technology Action Plan contains specific recommendations of projects to expand digital literacy, build awareness for the benefits of broadband, and assistbusinesses with websites and social media, and improving the online presence of local governments, among others. Achieving status of Connected certification affords a community an avenue to discuss its success and pursue opportunities as a recognized, technologically advanced community.
- Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Chairman John D. Quackenbush
- Antrim County Community Engagement Team
- Connect Michigan
Connected Community certification and Technology Action Plan release
When/Where: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 3 PM
Antrim County Building, Commission Chambers
205 East Cayuga Street
The Connected Community Engagement Program, facilitated by Connect Michigan, supports thedevelopment of a comprehensive strategy for building a “connected” community by reviewing the technology landscape, developing regional partnerships, establishing local teams, and conducting a thorough community assessment ofbroadband access, adoption, and use.
Contact: Jessica Ditto of Connected Nation at (202) 251-4749 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Connect Michigan: As the designated entity for broadband mapping and planning in the state of Michigan, Connect Michigan is a public-private partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and Connected Nation to work with local governments, businesses, and citizens in the goal of increasing broadband service in the state’s underserved areas. For more information about what Connect Michigan is doing to accelerate technology in Michigan’s communities, visit www.connectmi.org.
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Connected Nation developed theConnected Community Engagement Program to help guide a community through anassessment of its overall broadband and technology status. Connected Certified Communities have measurably demonstrated their proficiency for effective Access, Adoption, and Use of broadband supported technologies. Connected Nation through its partners provides a national platform for recognizing those communities that excel across these important benchmarks. Funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), this effort is part of the State Broadband Initiative. http://www.connectednation.org/get-connected