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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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    • 1. How we are thinking from Good to Great! Angie Boecker www.BentonCountyConnected.org
    • 2. Thinking Good to Great
    • 3. Thinking Good to Great
    • 4. Thinking Good to Great
    • 5. Thinking Good to Great Groan Zone
    • 6. Thinking Good to Great
    • 7. Thinking Good to Great Good Enough
    • 8. Thinking Good to Great Push Through
    • 9. Thinking Good to Great
    • 10. Thinking Good to Great
    • 11. Thinking Good to Great Great!!
    • 12. Thinking Good to Great
    • 13. MIRC Introducing the Project Contractors www.BentonCountyConnected.org Angie Boecker
    • 14. MIRC Project Contractors Independent Lifestyles, Inc. A Center of Independent Living
    • 15. 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
    • 16. 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
    • 17. MIRC Project Contractors LA Home Care partnering with Cybermation
    • 18. 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
    • 19. MIRC Project Contractors New Frontier Services, Inc. Creator of the What’s Up in Foley Website
    • 20. 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.)
    • 21. 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
    • 22. MIRC Project Contractors City of Foley
    • 23. 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
    • 24. MIRC Project Contractors Foley Community Education
    • 25. 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
    • 26. MIRC Project Contractors Country Manor
    • 27. 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.
    • 28. MIRC Project Contractors Sauk Rapids-Rice Community Education
    • 29. 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
    • 30. MIRC www.BentonCountyConnected.org Statewide Partners Nancy Hoffman
    • 31. 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
    • 32. DEED Digital Literacy
      • Offered 4 classes in our region
      • Ages 18 – 84
      • More Classes are coming up – Foley Library and Independent Lifestyles
    • 33. Minnesota Learning Commons
      • Held 2 courses at the Workforce Center
        • January 6 attended
        • June 10 attended
      • Expect to have one this fall
      • Marketing Lessons
    • 34. 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
    • 35. 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
    • 36. MNREM
      • Marketing to Chambers and on the Website Calendar
      • Webinars provide alternative to in class hands on training
    • 37. MIRC www.BentonCountyConnected.org Planning Nancy Hoffman
    • 38. Planning
      • August 23 community meeting – Stakeholders
        • Assisting Business
        • Provider Brochure
        • Access
    • 39. 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
    • 40. 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
    • 41. Benton County MIRC’s Web Site
      • www.BentonCountyConnected.org