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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

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