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MIRC Update May 2010 TISP Forum



A presentation given to the TISP Forum at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota in May 2010 by Blandin Foundation.

A presentation given to the TISP Forum at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota in May 2010 by Blandin Foundation.



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  • On a base of solid broadband infrastructure, communities pursue the creation, attraction and support of knowledge workers; spur innovation; and address digital inclusion. Communities create their marketing/advocacy story based on these assets.
  • Invite groups to stand as they are named
  • “communities” broadly defined – include individual cities, individual counties, a regional development commission and a tribal communityInvite reps to stand as they are named
  • What will it do?+ Promote and advocate+ Share and educate+ Develop and fund

MIRC Update May 2010 TISP Forum MIRC Update May 2010 TISP Forum Presentation Transcript

  • MN Intelligent Rural Communities Creating a Culture of Use
    Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
  • Blandin Foundation Mission
    To strengthen rural communities in Minnesota, especially the Grand Rapids Area
  • Blandin Broadband Vision
    To ensure a high quality of life and a globally competitive future for its citizens, businesses and communities, Minnesota is committed to making the necessary investment to become a world leader in the universal deployment and use of ultra high-speed next generation broadband
  • 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 Goal
    Create technologically and economically vital rural communities, competing and thriving in the broadband economy.
  • 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
  • MIRC Outputs
    13.5 jobs created
    38,416 new household subscribers
    155 new institutional subscribers
    3,500 users of public access facilities
    3,640 participants in at least 16 hours of training
    1,000 renewed and distributed computers
    160,000 people reached through project outreach and awareness
  • $6.4 M project Budget
  • Outputs and Outcomes(in the next 24-30 months)
    • Increased residential broadband subscribers 2% of normal growth (over 38,000 households)
    • Increased small business subscribers (240)
    • Jobs created or retained (13.5)
    • Small business reached (6,000), trained (2,000), provided extensive technical assistance (200)
    • Individuals reached (25,000), trained (2,500).
  • Intelligent Community Framework
    Intelligent Community promotes a “culture of use”
    Broadband infrastructure
    Knowledge Workers
    Digital Inclusion
    The ICF Virtuous Cycle
  • Statewide Activities
    Enhanced public access at workforce centers with access to training and online learning
    E-entrepreneurship / small business training and support
    Provide computers to vulnerable populations
    Support community broadband initiatives
    Community planning
    Market development
    Application development
    Feasibility studies
  • Partners and Roles
    Business Training
    UM Extension
    MN Renewable Energy Marketplace
    Citizen Training
    MN Learning Commons
    DEED Workforce Centers
    Regional Development Commissions
    PC’s for People
    University of MN – Crookston
    Intelligent Community Forum
    11 Demonstration Communities
  • Demonstration Communities
    Upper MN Valley RDC
    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)
  • Demonstration Communities
    Unique community needs
    Tailor the program of action to their area
    Makes it a grass roots initiative.
    Prior experiences with Blandin’s Broadband initiative to lead their efforts.
    Menu of support partners are available that communities can utilize to achieve their goals.
    Cross-pollination of ideas between communities.
  • Kandiyohi County & Willmar
    EDC’s Technology Committee will serve as the initial core steering committee.
    Requests for ideas will be solicited from the community.
    A work plan will be identified and submitted to Blandin Foundation.
    Process builds consensus.
    Broadens scope of plan to meet greatest needs or most vital projects.
  • Evaluation
    University of Minnesota-Crookston, EDA Center - Jack Geller
    BTOP Measures
    Increased residential and business broadband subscribers
    Jobs created or retained
    Small business training/support
    Individuals reached, trained
    Demonstration Community outcomes – Intelligent Community indicators
  • Multi-Sector Partner Roles
    Making effective use of Minnesota assets!
  • Outreach Role of the Regional Development Commissions
    Economic development / social services
    Connection to all stakeholders
    Promote MIRC resources through media, meetings and RDC communication tools
    Facilitate delivery of MIRC resources w/in the region
    Consider initiation of regional broadband planning
  • Business Technology Training
    UMN Extension center for Community Vitality
    Provide training in e-commerce and other broadband issues for businesses within MIRC and other rural communities.
    Coordinate technical assistance providers for these business and supporting business and community leaders to develop sustainable broadband efforts for the future.
  • Business Technology Training
    Specialty technology training for businesses in the renewable energy sector
  • Workforce Training
    MN Learning Commons
    Online knowledge worker career training delivered via instructor and independent learning to workers in transition
  • Minnesota Learning Commons
    The mission of the Minnesota Learning Commons is to provide access to effective and efficient online learning provided by Minnesota public education partners.
  • Workforce Training
    MN Workforce Centers
    Deliver knowledge worker training and digital literacy training at workforce centers
    Extended hours for public access
  • Computers for All
    PCs for People
    Gather suitable PCs
    Renew PCs with hardware
    Renew PCs with licensed software
    Distribute to those in need
  • Expanding Our Partnership Possibilities
    Internet Service Providers
    Partnering with PCs for People?
    Joint promotion and marketing efforts?
    Virtual workforce centers?
    Sites for training?
    Your ideas welcome!
  • Questions?