How we are thinking from Good to Great! Angie Boecker www.BentonCountyConnected.org
Thinking Good to Great
Thinking Good to Great
Thinking Good to Great
Thinking Good to Great Groan Zone
Thinking Good to Great
Thinking Good to Great Good Enough
Thinking Good to Great Push Through
Thinking Good to Great
Thinking Good to Great
Thinking Good to Great Great!!
Thinking Good to Great
MIRC Introducing the Project Contractors www.BentonCountyConnected.org Angie Boecker
MIRC Project Contractors Independent Lifestyles, Inc. A Center of Independent Living
Independent Lifestyles <ul><li>Project  BRAVE : Broadband, Resources And Vocational Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a...
Independent Lifestyles <ul><li>Purchased  equipment  for the computer lab including equipment that helps the disabled use ...
MIRC Project Contractors LA Home Care partnering with Cybermation
LA Home Care <ul><li>Project name:  Smart Home Technologies  – Grand Care </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced ability for aging mem...
MIRC Project Contractors New Frontier Services, Inc. Creator of the What’s Up in Foley Website
New Frontier Services <ul><li>Project nam e:  What’s up in Foley Community Website </li></ul><ul><li>Increase exposure to ...
New Frontier Services <ul><li>Non-profit organizations  take advantage of many features through the website at no charge i...
MIRC Project Contractors City of Foley
City of Foley <ul><li>Created a new City of Foley Website  -Benefiting over 2,600 residents, this new website, and the ser...
MIRC Project Contractors Foley Community Education
Foley Community Education <ul><li>Will increase computer lab time  for students and the community this fall </li></ul><ul>...
MIRC Project Contractors Country Manor
Country Manor <ul><li>Project name:  Enriching Lives </li></ul><ul><li>Providing iPads for use by tenants and residents </...
MIRC Project Contractors Sauk Rapids-Rice Community Education
Sauk Rapids-Rice Community Education <ul><li>Will increase computer lab time  for students and the community this fall </l...
MIRC www.BentonCountyConnected.org Statewide Partners Nancy Hoffman
U of M Extension <ul><li>Held 5 classes  – average 10 in attendance </li></ul><ul><li>4 more planned for fall </li></ul><u...
DEED  Digital Literacy  <ul><li>Offered 4 classes in our region  </li></ul><ul><li>Ages 18 – 84  </li></ul><ul><li>More Cl...
Minnesota Learning Commons <ul><li>Held 2 courses at the Workforce Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>January 6 attended </li></...
Atomic Training <ul><li>97 Subscriptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PC’s for People computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indepe...
PC’s for People <ul><li>27 computers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15 to Independent Lifestyles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Herit...
MNREM  <ul><li>Marketing to Chambers and on the Website Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars provide alternative to in clas...
MIRC www.BentonCountyConnected.org Planning Nancy Hoffman
Planning <ul><li>August 23 community meeting – Stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assisting Business </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Planning <ul><li>Robert Bells report and recommendations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion of Intelligent Community Themes i...
Strategies <ul><li>Continue working with Partners and increase collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development/Techno...
Benton County MIRC’s Web Site <ul><li>www.BentonCountyConnected.org   </li></ul>
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  • When we start any project we start at the starting line
  • We strive to reach the finish line
  • Part way through we tend to slow
  • We hit the groan zone
  • Now we can quit AND…
  • … call it Good Enough…OR…
  • We can push through that groan zone…
  • When we push through the groan zone new ideas and innovations start to happen…
  • … and now we reach the finish line...
  • Not only finish but finish GREAT!!
  • Project Contractors are organizations who have received funding from Living Connected in Benton County to carry out broadband related projects
  • Benton county mirc spotlight presentation

    1. 1. How we are thinking from Good to Great! Angie Boecker www.BentonCountyConnected.org
    2. 2. Thinking Good to Great
    3. 3. Thinking Good to Great
    4. 4. Thinking Good to Great
    5. 5. Thinking Good to Great Groan Zone
    6. 6. Thinking Good to Great
    7. 7. Thinking Good to Great Good Enough
    8. 8. Thinking Good to Great Push Through
    9. 9. Thinking Good to Great
    10. 10. Thinking Good to Great
    11. 11. Thinking Good to Great Great!!
    12. 12. Thinking Good to Great
    13. 13. MIRC Introducing the Project Contractors www.BentonCountyConnected.org Angie Boecker
    14. 14. MIRC Project Contractors Independent Lifestyles, Inc. A Center of Independent Living
    15. 15. Independent Lifestyles <ul><li>Project BRAVE : Broadband, Resources And Vocational Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a computer lab open to the public and used to provide computer and internet access trainings </li></ul>
    16. 16. Independent Lifestyles <ul><li>Purchased equipment for the computer lab including equipment that helps the disabled use computers </li></ul><ul><li>They have partnered with Duet wireless for reduced rates on installation and one year access to broadband to Benton County residents </li></ul>
    17. 17. MIRC Project Contractors LA Home Care partnering with Cybermation
    18. 18. LA Home Care <ul><li>Project name: Smart Home Technologies – Grand Care </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced ability for aging members (or people with disabilities) of the community to live longer at home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities of Daily Living monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet communications (Skype, email, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tele-Wellness supporting an entire network of caregivers providing a greater security and less social isolation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ease of access to the internet for aging (or people with disabilities) members of the community </li></ul>
    19. 19. MIRC Project Contractors New Frontier Services, Inc. Creator of the What’s Up in Foley Website
    20. 20. New Frontier Services <ul><li>Project nam e: What’s up in Foley Community Website </li></ul><ul><li>Increase exposure to the community’s events, information and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>A platform for other projects to interface with. (For example: The agricultural community will be able to build upon it to provide not only common information but tools for farmers to conduct business.) </li></ul>
    21. 21. New Frontier Services <ul><li>Non-profit organizations take advantage of many features through the website at no charge including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>directory listing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>details page with specifics about the organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a map to the organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a link to their website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>events listing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>volunteer opportunities </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. MIRC Project Contractors City of Foley
    23. 23. City of Foley <ul><li>Created a new City of Foley Website -Benefiting over 2,600 residents, this new website, and the services provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online payments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>auto pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>information about utilities available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ordinances and notices and more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purchased of computers to provide public internet access and training – library hours for use by the public, free of charge </li></ul>
    24. 24. MIRC Project Contractors Foley Community Education
    25. 25. Foley Community Education <ul><li>Will increase computer lab time for students and the community this fall </li></ul><ul><li>Offering basic computer skills classes and classes through the U of M - at little to no charge to residents and businesses of Benton County </li></ul><ul><li>Computer classes for learners to explore computers, Lego robotics, on-line classes and fun computer projects that are not in school curriculum </li></ul>
    26. 26. MIRC Project Contractors Country Manor
    27. 27. Country Manor <ul><li>Project name: Enriching Lives </li></ul><ul><li>Providing iPads for use by tenants and residents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The iPads have helped tenants/residents learn about new technology. Several have set up gmail accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhance intergenerational learning – Sartell High School students in the LINC program will help teach seniors how to use the technology. </li></ul>
    28. 28. MIRC Project Contractors Sauk Rapids-Rice Community Education
    29. 29. Sauk Rapids-Rice Community Education <ul><li>Will increase computer lab time for students and the community this fall </li></ul><ul><li>Offering basic computer skills classes and classes through the U of M - at little to no charge to residents and businesses of Benton County </li></ul><ul><li>Computer classes for learners to explore computers, Lego robotics, on-line classes and fun computer projects that are not in school curriculum </li></ul>
    30. 30. MIRC www.BentonCountyConnected.org Statewide Partners Nancy Hoffman
    31. 31. U of M Extension <ul><li>Held 5 classes – average 10 in attendance </li></ul><ul><li>4 more planned for fall </li></ul><ul><li>Starting 1 on 1 counseling </li></ul><ul><li>U of M Project – Roadside marketing and web pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SCT&CC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mississippi Regional Project </li></ul></ul>
    32. 32. DEED Digital Literacy <ul><li>Offered 4 classes in our region </li></ul><ul><li>Ages 18 – 84 </li></ul><ul><li>More Classes are coming up – Foley Library and Independent Lifestyles </li></ul>
    33. 33. Minnesota Learning Commons <ul><li>Held 2 courses at the Workforce Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>January 6 attended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>June 10 attended </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expect to have one this fall </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Lessons </li></ul>
    34. 34. Atomic Training <ul><li>97 Subscriptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PC’s for People computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent Lifestyles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foley Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABE at Foley and Sauk Rapids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open House and Training – October 13 </li></ul>
    35. 35. PC’s for People <ul><li>27 computers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15 to Independent Lifestyles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Heritage of Foley senior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 to Good Shepherd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 to the city of Rice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collected over 30 last year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No plans at this time to take more computers </li></ul></ul>
    36. 36. MNREM <ul><li>Marketing to Chambers and on the Website Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars provide alternative to in class hands on training </li></ul>
    37. 37. MIRC www.BentonCountyConnected.org Planning Nancy Hoffman
    38. 38. Planning <ul><li>August 23 community meeting – Stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assisting Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provider Brochure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul>
    39. 39. Planning <ul><li>Robert Bells report and recommendations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion of Intelligent Community Themes in Economic Development Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a task force to guide development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation of a documented strategy and programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More public access locations (WiFi vs computers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop “Brain Drain” connect students to business </li></ul></ul>
    40. 40. Strategies <ul><li>Continue working with Partners and increase collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development/Technology Marketing Plan with SCSU or SBDC </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory WiFi locations and those without </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase IPads for Community Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Programs for Business </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the U of M Project </li></ul>
    41. 41. Benton County MIRC’s Web Site <ul><li>www.BentonCountyConnected.org </li></ul>
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