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Morris studnets talk about Willmar

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Students from University of MInnesota Morris talk about what they want/expect in a community in terms of where they might location after graduation, especially with regards to technology. Part of the Blandin Broadband conference 2009

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Morris studnets talk about Willmar

  1. 1. Blandin Foundation <br />Broadband: The Willmar Example<br />
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  3. 3. The City of Willmar<br />Chamber of Commerce<br />Willmar Economic Development Commission<br />Ridgewater Technical College<br />Willmar High School<br />Bennette Technologies<br />
  4. 4. “The Willmar economy is still expanding despite the State and National recession.”<br />~The Department of Employment and Economic Development<br />
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  8. 8. A Young Perspective<br />Students who grow up in a rural environment are more likely to stay there.<br /><ul><li>Internet will be even more important for the new generation.
  9. 9. We need to provide competitive jobs for our children
  10. 10. if we want them to stay.</li></li></ul><li>Willmar Businesses <br />Gap in young generational desires and rural opportunities<br />
  11. 11. “This is the opportunity for rural and small city Minnesota to be a partner in the new economy.”<br />~Steve Renquist<br />
  12. 12. Willmar Businesses<br />Education bridge <br />Opening doors to businesses<br />Continuing education and innovation on creating opportunities<br />
  13. 13. Willmar Model<br />Education<br />Collaboration <br />Innovation<br />Benefits<br />
  14. 14. Collaboration <br />Organized effort further movement<br />Group shows demand to Teleco’s<br />Recognition of group allows for communication, influence, cooperation<br />
  15. 15. Innovation<br />Collaborative effort with Teleco’s increase technology rollover<br />Development multiples as other Teleco’s enter market and lower prices<br />Redundancy and capacity issues handled <br />
  16. 16. Benefits<br />Competition create better service at lowered prices<br />Increased effective market area<br />Rising cost of transportation puts more importance on remote access<br />E-Government<br />
  17. 17. “Rural people have become too comfortable conducting their businesses without simple websites.”<br />~Steve Renquist<br />
  18. 18. Internet<br />
  19. 19. Broadband is the here and now, not the distant future.<br />

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