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Presented at the 2014 Border to Border Broadband: A Call to Action conference in St Paul MN

Presented at the 2014 Border to Border Broadband: A Call to Action conference in St Paul MN

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  • Both NAS and BCBS have employees who are telecommuters. NAS has had to jump their program in order to adjust to the work environment. The bulk of NAS’ telecommuters are in professional roles: Education Representatives (4 employees/Idaho, Oregon, California and Arizona) Auditors (13 employees/Minnesota, Utah, Montana and Arizona) Medical Directors (3 employees/Missouri and Arizona)BCBSND has implemented a pilot program which is slated to end at the end of April. Once the pilot is ended, the expectation is that other departments will follow suit with the telecommuting program.Telephone Representatives Non-exempt (2 employees/North Dakota)

•Encouraging and Supporting Tele-work Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission •Encouraging and Supporting Tele-work Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission Presentation Transcript

  • • Telework: Work done from a location other than the office. • Our primary effort focuses on employee/employer relationship vs. independent contractor or selfemployed . • Great application for broadband and economic/workforce development.
  • • Thinking of new way to grow the local economy… Data from Strategic Networks Group; their research in THREE STATES reveal that more than 1 in 5 jobs is attributed directly to broadband and the use of e-
  • HEALTHCARE TELECOMMUTING POSITIONS Noridian Administrative Services • Education Representatives • Auditors • Medical Directors BCBSND • Telephone Representatives • Information Services (IS)
  • in N.D. could support beet-to-ethanol plants, expert says 13 communities in N.D. could support beet-to-ethanol plants, expert says Thirteen communities in central North Dakota are suitable for beet-to-ethanol plants, said Maynard Helgaas, president of the Green Vision Group. One such plant could employ about 25 people and buy energy beets from farmers within a 20-mile radius, Helgaas said,noting that a demonstration-scale facility could be up and running in the region by 2015 or 2016. Agweek/Forum News Service (12/30)
  • • Fergus Falls Telework Initiative Handbook • Possible through Blandin Grant • Currently in production, 40 pages & counting! Final booklet & online product due in March • April, • Mid Provides blueprint for Telework other towns Conference will be held in Fergus
  • QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION Can/Should “telework” be a statewide economic development strategy? If so, how would that look? THANK YOU!