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A New Opportunity to ThriveBLANDIN COMMUNITYBROADBAND PROGRAM
Our VisionTo ensure a high quality of life and a globallycompetitive future for its citizens, businesses andcommunities, M...
Community Leadership Matters                 Since 2003, Blandin                 Foundation has                 partnered ...
What it takes:• Local champions• Recognition that broadband is a tool for problem  solving and marketing the work accordin...
Blandin’s Commitment to Broadband              Continues• The Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees has  committed $1.5 mil...
Intelligent Community Framework         The ICF Virtuous Cycle             KNOWLEDGE          INNOVATION     B       WORKF...
Program Elements• Recruitment and support of 9 Blandin  Broadband Communities• Community Project Grants• Technical assista...
Blandin Broadband Communities• 9 communities will receive:  – Research and benchmarking  – Planning and technical assistan...
Community Project Grant Programs– Digital Inclusion Community Partnership   • Devices, training and access for those witho...
Mark your Calendars!• Today!   – Public announcement of selected communities• December / January   – Community Project Gra...
Places to Receive More Information– Online  • Blandin on Broadband blog     www.blandinonbroadband.org  • Blandin Broadban...
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Introduction to Blandin Broadband Communities

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Introduction to Blandin Broadband Communities

  1. 1. A New Opportunity to ThriveBLANDIN COMMUNITYBROADBAND PROGRAM
  2. 2. Our 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 broadband.
  3. 3. Community Leadership Matters Since 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with over • 60 communities • 80 organizations
  4. 4. What it takes:• 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
  5. 5. Blandin’s Commitment to Broadband Continues• 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.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Program Elements• Recruitment and support of 9 Blandin Broadband Communities• Community Project Grants• Technical assistance and leadership support• Policy development and advocacy• Convening• Information support
  8. 8. Blandin Broadband Communities• 9 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
  9. 9. Community Project 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
  10. 10. Mark your Calendars!• Today! – Public announcement of selected communities• December / January – Community Project Grant application instructions released• February 8 – Community Project Grant applications due• March – First round of Community Project Grants awarded• June - Second round of Community Project Grants awarded
  11. 11. Places to Receive More Information– Online • Blandin on Broadband blog www.blandinonbroadband.org • Blandin Broadband website http://broadband.blandinfoundation.org– In Person • Mary Magnuson memagnuson@blandinfoundation.org 218-326-0523

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