Intelligent Community A New Model For Minnesota
Blandin Foundation and Dakota Future are using the Intelligent Community framework to drive major initiatives.
The Intelligent Community Forum combines a broadband based economic development framework with an international recognition program.
KNOWLEDGE WORKFORCE BROADBAND MARKET ING INNOVATION DIGITAL INCLUSION The ICF Framework
Criteria Broadband Access Price Use Digital Inclusion Computers Public access Training Knowledge Workforce Education and Training Business – Education Partnerships Innovation New ways of creating and delivering products and services by all sectors Systematic creation and support of new business enterprises Marketing and Advocacy Marketing to an external audience to attract investment and talent Advocacy to an internal audience about technology, careers and other broadband economy factors
Why this framework is successful Brings diverse partners and stakeholders together around a larger vision Magnifies the importance of collaboration between key public and private sectors Demonstrates the “essential utility” nature of broadband and its support of economic development People and groups love recognition!
Intelligent Community Initiatives in Minnesota Dakota Future A Smart 21 Global Intelligent Community Blandin Foundation MN Intelligent Rural Community Program
Pursuit of Top Seven Contract with Intelligent Community Forum to perform the Community Accelerator benchmarking Obtain funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to implement the Accelerator Benchmarking Engage the Dakota County business, education and government sectors to gather data and stories for the benchmarking Arrange logistics and promote attendance at our Intelligent Community event
Compared to previous Top Seven Communities, Dakota County was: Above average in broadband, knowledge workers and digital inclusion. Average in innovation Well below average in marketing and advocacy Excellent in programs and outcomes Average or below average in strategy development
Continued Pursuit Creation of work teams around the five Intelligent Community elements, plus a leadership group January – May timeframe Work group charge: Develop strategies that will lead us to reach the Top Seven Attract stakeholders Develop consensus Create ownership of initiatives Implement Apply for 2011 competition by September 24
Outcomes Countywide Google Fiber application with individual applications from four communities City-county broadband group working to create a more unified rights of way management system to ease fiber deployment Global and local recognition and speaking opportunities to promote Dakota County Positive reinforcement of benefits of countywide and cross-sector collaboration
Blandin FoundationMN Intelligent Rural Communities Project Bernadine Joselyn Director of Public Policy and Engagement
MN Intelligent Rural Communities Project A $4.8 million dollar grant to drive broadband adoption and use in greater Minnesota using the Intelligent Community economic development framework
MIRC Outcomes Increased culture of use of broadband-based services Increased efficiency and effectiveness of digital literacy training service delivery Increased economic vitality in rural Minnesota communities
Partners and Roles Business Training UM Extension MN Renewable Energy Marketplace Citizen Training MN Learning Commons DEED Workforce Centers Outreach Regional Development Commissions Support PC’s for People University of MN – Crookston Intelligent Community Forum 11 Demonstration Communities Others?
Utilizing the Intelligent Community approach Broadband Increased public access Possible hotspot creation Digital Inclusion Public access Digital literacy training PCs for People Knowledge Workforce More access to WFC Digital Literacy Training Knowledge Worker Career information Atomic Learning Innovation New uses of technology within business, education and government Small business technology assistance Assistance provided by MES and MNREM Marketing/Advocacy Focusing on internal technology advocacy Local messaging Community teams focusing on project development and implementation
Demonstration Communities Upper MN Valley RDC Willmar Windom Winona Worthington Benton County Cook County Grand Rapids Area Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Stevens County Thief River Falls
Demonstration Communities 11 Intelligent Community Demonstration Communities Each community has a commitment of up to $100,000 in funds to implement their Intelligent Community Initiative Communities must implement a minimum of four projects All must fit into one of the Intelligent Community elements At least one project must address digital inclusion
Demonstration Communities Led by a Project Coordinator in each community and local Steering Committee of key community stakeholders Baseline utilization surveys Goal setting Project identification Project implementation (funds for adoption of community-impacting technology applications (health, education, government, business)
Expanding Our Partnership Possibilities Internet Service Providers Partnering with PCs for People? Joint promotion and marketing efforts? Industry Community Libraries Virtual workforce centers? Sites for training? Others? Your ideas welcome!