Through the years, Blandin Foundation has…• Created a Strategy Board and adopted a Broadband Vision and set of Principles• Convened stakeholders• Worked in over 60 communities and 80 organizations across the state to implement hundreds of community-based broadband projects• Leveraged over $8M in local, state and federal dollars from a direct investment of $250,000
The goals have stood the test of time:• Increase awareness of benefits of broadband• Support local broadband development efforts• Increase investment in broadband access, adoption, and utilization
The VisionTo ensure a high quality of life and a globallycompetitive future for its citizens, businesses andcommunities, Minnesota is committed to makingthe necessary investments to become a worldleader in the universal deployment and use ofultra high-speed next generation broadband.
MN Intelligent Rural Communities• Enabled by a $4.8 million dollar federal grant• Uses the Intelligent Community framework• Statewide Partners• 11 Demonstration Communities
Intelligent Community Framework The ICF Virtuous Cycle KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION B WORKFORCE M R A O R A K D E B T A I N N DIGITAL INCLUSION D G
MIRC Elements of Success • Local champions • Recognition that broadband is a tool for problem solving and marketing the work accordingly • Cross-sector partnerships leading to innovative practices • Tenacity – this work takes time
A New Opportunity to ThriveBLANDIN COMMUNITYBROADBAND PROGRAM
A continued commitment to rural broadband development• The Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees has committed $1.5 million in grant funds over the next two years to support the Foundation’s continued commitment to broadband development in greater Minnesota.
Program Elements• Recruitment and support of 10 Blandin Broadband Communities• Project Grant Funds• Technical Assistance and leadership support• Policy development and advocacy• Convening• Information support
Blandin Broadband Communities• 10 communities will receive: – Research and benchmarking – Planning and technical assistance – The opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funds to support locally developed projects
Grant Programs– Digital Inclusion Community Partnership • Devices, training and access for those without– Robust Network Feasibility Fund • Analyzing options for improving connectivity– LightSpeed • Enabling broadband-based innovation– Broadband Innovation Grants • A flexible fund to support communities with priority projects
Blandin Broadband Communities: Important Dates• August 7 – Application instructions released• October 15 – Application deadline• November 13-14 – Public announcement of selected communities at Building our Connected Future Broadband Conference• January – Kick-off meeting with selected communities
Places to Receive More Information– Online • Blandin on Broadband blog www.blandinonbroadband.org • Blandin Broadband website http://broadband.blandinfoundation.org– In Person • Mary Magnuson email@example.com 218-326-0523