Mecosta County Launches Broadband Initiative

Mecosta County Launches Broadband Initiative

Mecosta County, MI. (April 25, 2017) – Ten minutes is all it takes for you to help us better connect Mecosta County. The Mecosta County Broadband Committee has partnered with Connected Nation’s community engagement program, Connected, to come up wit...
Building Broadband Above Obstacles in Rural Michigan

Building Broadband Above Obstacles in Rural Michigan

Ogemaw County has made it easier for ISPs to extend broadband coverage in the area by going upward. A newly completed vertical assets inventory includes barns, poles, towers, water towers, silos, and other tall structures across 14 townships in Ogemaw...
Remote Office, Home Office, Your Office in Harbor Springs

Remote Office, Home Office, Your Office in Harbor Springs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 40% of Americans will work at home in some form by 2020. Harbor Springs is taking advantage of this trend and working preemptively to make the area a hotspot for remote workers. The newly proposed co-working...
Cyber-Security Training Made for Small Business

Cyber-Security Training Made for Small Business

Many small business owners believe cyber security practices and vulnerabilities only apply to big businesses with millions in revenue. However, more and more small businesses are learning the hard way that things like ransomware, password theft, social...
Free Class Boosts Business in Northern Michigan

Free Class Boosts Business in Northern Michigan

Marketing businesses and economic development agencies are teaming up for a fourth year in Roscommon County, Michigan, to help small businesses strengthen their online marketing skills. The Boost Your Business seminars provide free, hands-on instruction...
Wine and Web Adds New Location

Wine and Web Adds New Location

HarborActive, a community organization promoting technology education in Northern Michigan, is serving up “four courses of wine and four courses of mobile learning” at a new location in Petoskey. Small business owners or individuals can hone their soc...
Showcase Iosco Success

Showcase Iosco Success

Over 50 businesses, non-profits, and community organizations from Iosco County attended Showcase Iosco in Tawas City, Michigan, on Thursday, October 13, 2016, moving the county toward completion of its Technology Action Plan and one step closer to Connected...
Five Ohio Communities to Receive Detailed Tech Assessment and Broadband Plan

Five Ohio Communities to Receive Detailed Tech Assessment and Broadband Plan

Connect Ohio has selected five Ohio communities to participate in the Connected℠ Community Engagement Program. Each will receive a comprehensive technology assessment and innovative project plan to enhance the technology standing in today’s digital eco...
Tips for Simple, Safe Cyber Security

Tips for Simple, Safe Cyber Security

With over 1 billion Yahoo! accounts recently compromised in a record-breaking cyber breach, many shoppers and business owners wonder if online shopping and services are still safe and if the convenience is worth the risk. Cyber security experts advise...
Connected Program to Help Connect Every Iowan With Broadband

Connected Program to Help Connect Every Iowan With Broadband

On December 12, 2016, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Blue Ribbon Initiative, a public private effort to raise $2 million to expand community broadband planning throughout the state. In partnership...
Library Offers Free Take-Home Internet

Library Offers Free Take-Home Internet

When applying for jobs, taking an online course, finishing homework, or even setting up an e-mail account, many of the approximately 90 million Americans who do not have adequate Internet access at home turn to their local libraries. New programs offering...
Going Social on Small Business Saturday

Going Social on Small Business Saturday

Since 2010, local businesses have urged customers to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the event continues to grow, thanks in large part to an active annual social media campaign. American Express launched Small Business Saturday in ...
Community Change Through Facebook

Community Change Through Facebook

With more than 1.7 billion active users logging onto Facebook each month, it now represents the largest connected network in the world. Besides its massive global scale, Facebook also connects community groups including schools, universities, police departments,...
Cutting the Cable

Cutting the Cable

Video on demand (VOD) and streaming services are changing the way viewers watch TV. Users no longer have to wait until nine o’clock to watch their favorite shows, and many are skipping commercials. New movies don’t have to be rented from a store, ord...
Closing Dead Zones Without Radio Towers

Closing Dead Zones Without Radio Towers

With vast spreads of trees, the natural landscape of Ogemaw County, Michigan, is a large part of its appeal; however, that is also what makes it difficult to build radio towers, which transmit cellular signals and broadband over radio frequencies. Surrounding...
Rural Broadband Connects Cutting-Edge Observatory

Rural Broadband Connects Cutting-Edge Observatory

On the edge of the Utah-Nevada border, off Route 50—known as “The Loneliest Road in America”—is Baker, Nevada, with a population of 84 and no significant cities in a 50- to 60-mile radius. This far-flung seclusion gives Baker the darkest skies in Amer...
Igniting Better Broadband in Rural Michigan

Igniting Better Broadband in Rural Michigan

Though they may be 30, 40, 50, or even many more miles away from busy cities, rural areas seek the same advantages through technology as urban areas. While high population density attracts many broadband carriers to urban areas, many rural areas often...
Iosco County Summit Showcases Business and Technology Growth

Iosco County Summit Showcases Business and Technology Growth

On October 13, community, business, government, and technology agencies will come together at Showcase Iosco, a resurrection of a previous area business summit, now representing a wide intersection of community resources. The event—featuring panel discussions o...
Local Agriculture Growing Through Social Media

Local Agriculture Growing Through Social Media

Eight years ago, Grow Benzie started with an abandoned plant nursery, an old greenhouse, and an empty retail building. The non-profit now boasts a community center, an incubator kitchen, community garden, flourishing greenhouse, sewing studio, business...
U.S. Heritage Route 23 on the Information Superhighway

U.S. Heritage Route 23 on the Information Superhighway

Michigan's tourism industry amounts to more than $17.7 billion, a number that seriously impacts rural communities attracting summer vacationers. The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) has made travel to and through rural Michigan easier...
Partners Bridging the Digital Divide

Partners Bridging the Digital Divide

Lack of access to technology, training, or reliable Internet are all factors widening the digital divide, causing or exacerbating education or wealth disparity through location, income, or age. Where the digital divide has caused great needs for technology,...
Pay or Lose Everything: the Rise of Ransomware

Pay or Lose Everything: the Rise of Ransomware

Recently, businesses, governments, and universities have been finding their information locked down under an ultimatum: pay up or lose your information forever. A familiar tactic in a new age, this is a virus aptly named ransomware, and it is on the rise...
Launching Rockets and Igniting Interest in STEAM

Launching Rockets and Igniting Interest in STEAM

Mentors can make a permanent impact on a young person's life. Mentors can encourage children to challenge themselves, cultivate new interests, and solve problems in positive ways. The 4-H Tech Wizards program brings young people under the wing of caring...
Broadband Helps Local Farmers

Broadband Helps Local Farmers

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market. Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local...
Turning Toxic Waste Into Technology Assets

Turning Toxic Waste Into Technology Assets

An estimated 30 to 50 million tons of electronics are trashed every year globally. In America, this produces 70% of all toxic waste, caused by lead, cadmium, beryllium, and other dangerous metals. Electronics that become toxic waste could be used by schools,...
Dedicated to Getting Connected

Dedicated to Getting Connected

Recognizing that their county was being left behind in regard to Internet access and digital literacy, officials in Osceola County, Michigan, knew they needed to spark a change. In September 2012, Osceola County began a long journey of ongoing development...
Google Helps Businesses Get Online With Free Resources

Google Helps Businesses Get Online With Free Resources

Ninety-seven percent (97%) of consumers now search the web to find the goods and services they need everyday, yet only 37% have claimed local listings through search engines. Google dominates this sphere with approximately 72% of the search market share,...
Building Broadband From Afghanistan to Michigan

Building Broadband From Afghanistan to Michigan

After building broadband systems for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, building systems in rural Michigan didn't pose much of a challenge for Kristopher Shafer, founder and CEO of Elevate Net in Traverse City, Michigan. Building off experience gained...
Cutting Red Tape for Tower Construction

Cutting Red Tape for Tower Construction

Radio towers allow ISPs to transfer wireless Internet signals across wide distances, providing broadband service to both smartphones and homes. Emmet County, Michigan, is making it easier to put up more towers and use existing buildings to transmit wireless...
Fighting Broadband Barriers With Data

Fighting Broadband Barriers With Data

We all want to fight the barriers to broadband adoption and create communities that are more digitally inclusive. It’s understood that the barriers to adoption include affordability, relevance and awareness, digital literacy, and the age or inoperability o...
Boosting Business With An Online Presence

Boosting Business With An Online Presence

Navigating the labyrinth of social media tips, online security pitfalls, and Internet marketing tactics without a guide is daunting for all businesses, even those with a staff dedicated to the field. For small and mid-sized businesses, it can seem like...
Connected Program Partner Expands Broadband Over Mountains, Across the Nation

Connected Program Partner Expands Broadband Over Mountains, Across the Nation

Partnerships with influential businesses and nonprofit groups give Connected Nation (CN) and its Connected Community Engagement Program the tools to reach more communities and connect more residents to fast, reliable broadband. One of Connected's newest...
Broadband Planning for a Sustainable Community

Broadband Planning for a Sustainable Community

At the recent American Planning Association 2016 National Conference, Connected Nation’s Eric Frederick had the opportunity to present the ConnectedSM Community Engagement Program as part of a discussion about broadband planning for building sustainable c...
Finding Michigan Businesses Online

Finding Michigan Businesses Online

Whether you are looking for a place to eat, an apartment to rent, or something to do for the day, a quick search on your computer or smartphone shows what businesses are in your area. Businesses without an online presence will not show up in these searches,...
Broadband Surveyed in Muskegon, MI

Broadband Surveyed in Muskegon, MI

One of the first steps in improving broadband access, adoption, and use in any area is obtaining accurate data. What is Internet service like in the area? What are Internet speeds and costs like? Is there interest in expanding the network or adding more...
Local Churches Receive Free Internet

Local Churches Receive Free Internet

Broadband adoption rates in rural Michigan households have caught up to the national average, rising from 50% in 2010, up to 71% in 2013. Connect Michigan, local and state governments, economic development groups, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs)...
The Two-Way Super Highway: Upload and Download Speeds

The Two-Way Super Highway: Upload and Download Speeds

Whether you're watching a movie, sending an e-mail, posting a tweet, or reading an e-book, you're interacting online using a two-way connection. What you put out and what comes to you, and the speed with which it is sent and delivered, is determined...
Building Rural Broadband From the Ground Up

Building Rural Broadband From the Ground Up

When John Reigle found out he couldn't get the telephone service he was promised to his new home and home-based business in rural Northeast Michigan, he decided to take a bold step. He started his own telecommunications company. In the 1990's, Reigle...
Businesses Looking at Fiber Internet in Clare, MI

Businesses Looking at Fiber Internet in Clare, MI

From teleconferencing to website management, email, online research, downloading or uploading videos, social media management, and much more, Internet access and use is an essential consideration for most businesses. From large corporations and headquarters...
The Future of Mobile Michigan

The Future of Mobile Michigan

Mobile and wireless technology is quickly shaping the future of broadband applications, whether it's a pioneering innovation like a self-driving car, or something as simple as synchronizing your alarm clock and your coffee maker. Seeing the need and growing...
Michigan's First Fiber Community

Michigan's First Fiber Community

Cities such as Chattanooga, Atlanta, and now Detroit, Michigan are becoming known as Gigabyte Cities, or Fiber Cities, thanks to their state-of-the-art fiber Internet connections. Whether owned by municipalities, in the case of Chattanooga, or by national...
New Gadgets Light up the Holidays

New Gadgets Light up the Holidays

Wearable technology is quickly growing in popularity and diversity, and more devices are using mobile and wireless technology to offer more reactive functionality. With more connected technology, this year's gift-giving puts more emphasis on reliable...
Online School at Libraries Through Lynda.com

Online School at Libraries Through Lynda.com

Lynda.com is among the most recognized sites for online learning, serving over 4 million users. Over 4,000 courses and 150,000 video tutorials available on Lynda.com are used to bolster job skills, build up businesses, and start or advance hobbies. Courses...
The World's Fastest Internet in Detroit, Michigan

The World's Fastest Internet in Detroit, Michigan

Known as the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan is historically acclaimed for its automotive innovations. Though an important part of Detroit's history, automotive enterprises are becoming more tech-focused to diversify and remain a key part of the city's...
One Click to Christmas Trees

One Click to Christmas Trees

Michigan residents looking for a live evergreen for their Christmas party can look online this year to find the closest wholesale and retail Christmas tree farms. Technical services group Courtland Consulting has redesigned the Michigan Christmas Tree...
Libraries and Schools: Allies in Education

Libraries and Schools: Allies in Education

A Pew Research Center study examining the future of libraries showed that 85% of Americans strongly believe that schools and libraries should work more closely together and many libraries are rising to the need. As schools implement one-to-one computing...
The Online Tour Guide to Northern Michigan

The Online Tour Guide to Northern Michigan

The Keweenaw Convention and Visitor's Bureau (KCVB) in Keweenaw, Michigan is making vacationing easier than ever. In a popular, rural vacation destination of Michigan with large parts untouched by broadband, information about camping, lodging, restaurants,...
Michigan Broadband Conference in Review – The Human Impact

Michigan Broadband Conference in Review – The Human Impact

Whether working for commercial or community development, all broadband initiatives have one driving force in common: people. Stewards in broadband development make the lives of their customers, friends, and neighbors easier across the nation by implementing...
Libraries Connecting Communities Through Technology

Libraries Connecting Communities Through Technology

A study conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) shows that 90% of libraries now support online books, magazines, and other resources, raising the question that many booksellers have had to face as well: is a brick-and-mortar location still...
Pure Broadband Builds Access Through Cooperation

Pure Broadband Builds Access Through Cooperation

Though residents in a sparsely populated area may express interest in faster speeds or more affordable access, hundreds of homes spread over thousands of miles in rural areas present a problem for ISPs—too much space between too few people. ISPs cannot j...
Higher Education Technology Making Cities Safer

Higher Education Technology Making Cities Safer

Flint, Michigan frequently ranks among the top ten most dangerous cities in the U.S. General Motors’ exodus from Flint in the 1980s left an economic hole in the center of town that fractured the city for decades. Recently, education has taken the place o...
Job Opportunities Via Digital Works Come to Cheboygan, Michigan

Job Opportunities Via Digital Works Come to Cheboygan, Michigan

Digital Works, a job-placement and retraining program through Connected Nation, has now placed more than 500 new workers at tech jobs throughout Ohio, Texas, and Kentucky. Residents in Cheboygan, Michigan will be included in the next 500. Looking over...
Fiber Internet Not Just for Big Cities

Fiber Internet Not Just for Big Cities

Also known as gigabit Internet, fiber Internet gives users the fastest broadband speed available. It's on the wish list for many who use their broadband connection for movie streaming and online gaming, as well as music streaming, photo uploads, video...
Teleworking Brings Jobs Home

Teleworking Brings Jobs Home

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 40% of the American workforce will be freelancers, independent contractors, and 'solopreneurs' by the year 2020. More and more workers are moving away from traditional brick-and-mortar jobs and...
Evolving Historic Communities with New Tech

Evolving Historic Communities with New Tech

As one of the oldest towns in Nevada, Genoa attracts visitors from all over the state, nation, and world. Genoa’s historic charms as well as its famous events are getting a modern edge with a Wi-Fi mesh network across the downtown area, allowing visitors t...
Digital Roots Connect Cutting-Edge Farms

Digital Roots Connect Cutting-Edge Farms

Agricultural operations across America are using the latest technology to optimize productivity, minimize waste and improve food safety. This process, called precision agriculture, implements software, web-based programs, and connected devices to better...
Building Broadband Through Community Spirit

Building Broadband Through Community Spirit

Enhancing broadband in any township or county takes unified efforts across each sector, requiring residents, business owners, and community leaders to work together. Working with neighboring communities and each sector within the city, Woodbine, Iowa...
Using Broadband in Case of Emergency

Using Broadband in Case of Emergency

When disaster strikes, those that are injured, endangered or afraid turn to first responders to protect them, including police, fire, and emergency medical personnel. Keeping connections open and available is paramount to saving lives and stopping destruction,...
Broadband Inventory in Rural Iowa

Broadband Inventory in Rural Iowa

Connected Nation assesses counties, cities, and municipalities based on broadband access, adoption, and use in the area. This includes the broadband speeds available to businesses and residents, WiFi access areas, public computers, digital learning opportunities,...
Disaster Relief Starts Online In Michigan

Disaster Relief Starts Online In Michigan

On June 22 an EF-1 tornado ripped through Portland, a small town in Ionia County located in Mid-Michigan. The high winds and debris destroyed homes, businesses, and churches, causing thousands of dollars in damages in only ten minutes. When the storm...
Building E-Commerce in Wright County, Iowa

Building E-Commerce in Wright County, Iowa

E-commerce helps large businesses build revenue, even while traditional storefronts would be closed, and allows customers to research products and find exactly what they’re looking for at their convenience. Small and mid-sized businesses are also looking a...
Laying the Foundation for Certification

Laying the Foundation for Certification

Each week, new communities across the nation strive to reach Connected status and show they are embracing technology as a forward-thinking community. Though many cities and counties are able to organize, quantify, and then expand their broadband assets,...
Growing Local Food Connections Online

Growing Local Food Connections Online

With farms now exporting across the world, it can be nearly impossible to track the trail that food goes through before it comes to the table. Many restaurants, supermarkets, schools, and most of all, buyers, are concerned about the long paths that many...
Rural Areas Getting on the Grid

Rural Areas Getting on the Grid

With populations spread throughout farms, rural villages, small suburbs, and everywhere in between, concentrating community development efforts in rural areas presents an ongoing challenge. Getting the word out to every corner of a rural community and...
Getting Online and Getting Active

Getting Online and Getting Active

The Fremont Community Recreation Authority (FCRA) in Fremont, Michigan, has brought children and adults in the community together for just over two years, providing a space for a wide array of activities including swimming, basketball, tennis, soccer,...
Turning Followers, Tweets, and Shares Into Sales

Turning Followers, Tweets, and Shares Into Sales

As of June of 2014, Facebook reported that over 30 million small businesses across the U.S. now use their platform to reach and engage customers – up to 1.23 billion of them worldwide. Advertising through Facebook and other social media sites demands a...
USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others...
Broadband Jobs Up for Grads

Broadband Jobs Up for Grads

Millions of college graduates accepted their degrees this May and officially entered the work force, though many are finding a turbulent job market. The graduating class of 2014 saw an unemployment rate of 8.5%, compared to an overall national average...
Making Rural Broadband Possible Through Agricultural Assets

Making Rural Broadband Possible Through Agricultural Assets

Ogemaw County, Michigan is taking a creative approach to expanding broadband infrastructure in the area, combining agricultural assets with broadband technology. By identifying structures that can be used as vertical assets transmitting wireless broadband...
Harbor Springs, Michigan Goes Social

Harbor Springs, Michigan Goes Social

With a population of just under 1,200, digital learning resources are hard for many residents of Harbor Springs, MI to find. Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR Inc.) and community partners are changing that with HarborActive, an interactive...
Fighting Cyber Attacks Nationally and Locally

Fighting Cyber Attacks Nationally and Locally

As technology grows in importance and prevalence in business and in day-to-day activities, so do the risks involved in its use. Cyber attacks are becoming more common, more sophisticated, and more diverse, affecting entire industries and even countries...
Connecting with Communities via Facebook

Connecting with Communities via Facebook

The social networking giant Facebook now hosts over 1.23 billion active members, including individuals from all over the world and a wide range of public and private organizations, businesses and communities. As a way of reaching residents faster with...
Crossing State Lines for Broadband Expansion

Crossing State Lines for Broadband Expansion

If not for the narrow Montreal River separating them, Iron County, WI and Gogebic County, MI would be one scenic and interconnected community in the northernmost region of the U.S. The two towns on the banks of the Montreal – Ironwood, MI and Hurley, W...
Community Connections Complete Certification in South Carolina Capital

Community Connections Complete Certification in South Carolina Capital

As of May 13, Richland County, South Carolina, which encompasses the capital city Columbia, will be the first certified Connected capital community in the nation. Determination and community solidarity led Richland County to certification, with efforts...
Infrastructure Partnerships Drive Broadband Development in West Des Moines, Iowa

Infrastructure Partnerships Drive Broadband Development in West Des Moines, Iowa

Microsoft’s new $1.1 billion data center is changing the broadband landscape in West Des Moines, Iowa.  This is the second such data center in the area, the first beginning construction in 2009.  Powering applications like Cloud and XBOX Live, the dat...
Shiawassee County, Michigan Features Leading Fiber Optic Internet Capabilities

Shiawassee County, Michigan Features Leading Fiber Optic Internet Capabilities

Fiber optic communications has revolutionized broadband, delivering one gigabit (1000 megabits) or more of data per second to its users.  Gigabit internet reaches customers faster than ever before, allowing for movie downloads in seconds, providing TV ...
Advancing Digital Literacy in Houghton County, Michigan

Advancing Digital Literacy in Houghton County, Michigan

For those new to technology, the Computer Help for Adults program at Portage Lake District Library is unlocking the unknown.  Residents come from all over Houghton County, MI to work one-on-one with students at Michigan Technological University (MTU) ...
Cherokee County Honored by Governor

Cherokee County Honored by Governor

Watch the video by clicking here . Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were in Cherokee Tuesday afternoon. The Governor declared the City of Cherokee and Cherokee County to be the 18th connected community in his Connected Community Engagement...
Otsego County, Michigan Utilizes Revolutionary Web Service to Connect Families Worldwide

Otsego County, Michigan Utilizes Revolutionary Web Service to Connect Families Worldwide

The new video sharing, correspondence, and connectivity platform, BeBloomin , has recently expanded their beta testing program to include participants throughout Otsego County, Michigan, which was awarded Connect Michigan’s certified Connected community s...
Connected Community Designation Assists Main Street Development

Connected Community Designation Assists Main Street Development

Broadband connectivity is a key decisive factor for more and more businesses.  From online marketing to online financial management tools and much more, companies of all sizes are harnessing the Internet to make business faster, easier, and more efficient.  C...
Urbandale Supports Economic Development Through Broadband

Urbandale Supports Economic Development Through Broadband

Recognizing opportunities to bring in new business, attract new residents, and strengthen the city as a whole, Urbandale, Iowa approved its economic development plan over a year ago in March of 2014.  Since then, Urbandale has rebranded, renovated, and ...
Community Festival Highlights Broadband Through Gigabit Gaming

Community Festival Highlights Broadband Through Gigabit Gaming

Filled with music, live entertainment, games, arts and crafts, and other fun activities, the Rivers and Spires Festival in Clarksville, TN is famous, drawing between 35,000 and 40,000 visitors to Clarksville each April. This year, the festival will showcase...
Connected Certification Promotes Infrastructure Partnerships

Connected Certification Promotes Infrastructure Partnerships

Unlike many communities which aspire toward Connected certified status, powerful broadband infrastructure was already in place in Indianola, Iowa’s first Connected community, certified in February 2013. Collaborative city-wide initiatives created state-of-the-art b...
Technology Task Force Drives Connectivity Improvements in South Carolina

Technology Task Force Drives Connectivity Improvements in South Carolina

In December 2014, Hilton Head Island was certified as South Carolina’s fourth Connected community. Today, the groups that helped to improve broadband expansion and adoption in the area continue to move forward, breaking through obstacles to improve c...
HARBOR, Inc. Launches Digital Training

HARBOR, Inc. Launches Digital Training

Harbor Springs area residents and businesses can now benefit from classes in social media, digital marketing, and other broadband related communication skills through HarborActive, a training program announced today by a collaboration formed through HARBOR,...
Manchester Recognized as Certified Connected Community

Manchester Recognized as Certified Connected Community

View coverage from KCRG-9 by clicking here. Manchester, IA  – Today, legislative leaders and local officials joined Connect Iowa to recognize Manchester for becoming a Certified Connected Community and releasing its technology action plan. “It is c...
Technology and Small Business

Technology and Small Business

Visit small Michigan businesses from every part of the state that have adopted online technology into their daily routines. Whether you want to hear fascinating stories behind how a small business grows or are a business owner yourself looking to improve,...
President Obama Visits Iowa Certified Connected Community

President Obama Visits Iowa Certified Connected Community

President Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa yesterday to discuss federal initiatives to expand broadband at one of Iowa’s first “Gigabit” communities. Cedar Falls is an ideal location for the President’s announcement, sitting in Black Hawk County, one of ...
Impact of Broadband Connectivity

Impact of Broadband Connectivity

The Internet now supports more activities and capabilities than ever, including everything from breaking news, social groups, communication, movies and TV shows, books, classes, stores, and everything in between. Recognizing these vast opportunities,...
Town of Hilton Head Island, SC

Town of Hilton Head Island, SC

Town of Hilton Head Island becomes fourth community in the state to achieve Connected certification Town of Hilton Head Island, SC – The Connect South Carolina team traveled to the Town of Hilton Head Island on Tuesday to recognize and celebrate t...
 Lexington County, SC

Lexington County, SC

Lexington County proclaims commitment to economic development, quality of life with Connected Community certification; becomes third community in state to achieve certification Lexington, SC – Lexington County is now officially a Connect South Carolina C...
Community Champions Bringing Broadband to Michigan

Community Champions Bringing Broadband to Michigan

Local community broadband champions are working closely with Connect Michigan, residents, businesses, and Internet service providers to overcome obstacles that are blocking broadband in rural areas. Through the Connected program, Connect Michigan and...
Abbeville County, SC

Abbeville County, SC

Abbeville proclaims commitment to economic development, quality of life with Connected community certification; becomes second community in state to achieve certification Abbeville, SC – Abbeville is now officially a Connect South Carolina certified Connected  com...
Fairfield, IA

Fairfield, IA

The city of Fairfield has been working since May with Connect Iowa on the Connected Community Engagement Program . This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies gaps, and establishes goals and objectives to increase broadband access, ...
Growing Educational Tech in Rural Michigan

Growing Educational Tech in Rural Michigan

High tech careers are expanding rapidly, growing at nearly twice the rate of other industries. Education in the tech sector, however, has not kept pace; research through the New Jersey Institute of Technology predicts there will be 1,000,000 unfilled ...
Improving the Bottom Line for Businesses and Communities

Improving the Bottom Line for Businesses and Communities

As digital demands and capabilities continue to grow, online resources are giving businesses and customers new venues to find each other and interact. A 2012 consumer review survey showed that 85% of people use the Internet to find local businesses. Connect M...
Otsego County Programs Foster Computer Literacy Among Senior Citizens

Otsego County Programs Foster Computer Literacy Among Senior Citizens

Connect Michigan’s research  shows that 79% of Michiganders utilize Internet connectivity, leaving the other 21% disconnected from many of the features that inform and connect our lives. Residents over 60 are one of the key groups underutilizing new ca...
Churchill County, NV

Churchill County, NV

Churchill County, Nevada is officially a Connect Nevada certified Connected  community. Fourteen counties are currently involved in some stage of the Connected  program. Churchill County is the state’s second to achieve the official Connected  certi...
Otsego County, MI

Otsego County, MI

Download the Plan Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Otsego County for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Results from a community technology assessment undertaken by the county, along w...
Upper Dorchester County, SC

Upper Dorchester County, SC

Upper Dorchester County in South Carolina now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan  was unveiled Thursday at the Dorchester County L...
Bastrop County, TX

Bastrop County, TX

Download the Technology Action Plan Watch Video Bastrop, TX –  Bastrop County and Connected Texas officials recognized the county as the first to become a certified Connected community in the state and 16th in the nation. More than 50 residents an...
Marlboro County, SC

Marlboro County, SC

Marlboro County, South Carolina now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan  was unveiled Thursday at Marian Wright Edelman Public Library i...
Clare County, MI

Clare County, MI

Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Clare County for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Results from a community technology assessment undertaken by the county, along with strategies for b...
 Sullivan County and Morristown, TN

Sullivan County and Morristown, TN

Sullivan County and Morristown have become the first and second certified Connected  communities in the state of Tennessee. There are 165 communities across the country currently involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Sullivan County and...
Mecosta County, MI

Mecosta County, MI

Big Rapids, MI – Connect Michigan commends the efforts of Mecosta County for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Results from a community technology assessment, undertaken by the county, along wit...
Livingston County, MI

Livingston County, MI

Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Livingston County for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Results from a community technology assessment,  undertaken by the county, along with strategies fo...
Van Wert County, OH

Van Wert County, OH

Wert County, Ohio is officially a Connect Ohio certified Connected community. Currently eight Ohio communities are involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Van Wert is Ohio’s first to achieve the official Connected certification, and the 9...
Schoolcraft County, MI

Schoolcraft County, MI

Manistique, MI – Schoolcraft County unveiled its Technology Action Plan Wednesday at Manistique High School as part of its participation in Connect Michigan’s Connected Community Engagement Program. The Technology Action Plan sets general community-wide bro...
Greenwood County, SC

Greenwood County, SC

Greenwood, SC – The Greenwood County community now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled Monday as part of Greenwood’s par...
Sabine County, TX

Sabine County, TX

Hemphill, TX – Sabine County, Texas now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of Sabine County’s participation in ...
Webster City, IA

Webster City, IA

Webster City, IA – Webster City, Iowa is officially a Connect Iowa certified Connected community. More than 30 Iowa communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Webster City is only the second in the state to achieve t...
Young County, TX

Young County, TX

Graham, TX – Young County, Texas now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of Young County’s participation in the...
City of Stamford, TX

City of Stamford, TX

Stamford, TX – Stamford now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of Stamford’s participation in the Connected Com...
Roscommon County, MI

Roscommon County, MI

Roscommon County, MI – Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Roscommon County for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Results from a community technology assessment, undertaken by the county, alo...
Osceola County, MI

Osceola County, MI

Osceola County, MI – The Osceola County Broadband Expansion Team unveiled its Technology Action Plan Thursday at the county commission chambers as part of its participation in Connect Michigan’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Osceola County enr...
San Augustine, TX

San Augustine, TX

San Augustine, TX – San Augustine County, Texas now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of San Augustine County’s par...
McMullen County, TX

McMullen County, TX

Calliham, TX – McMullen County, Texas now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of McMullen County’s participation in ...
St. Clair County, MI

St. Clair County, MI

Port Huron, MI – Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of St. Clair County in becoming the sixth community in the nation to achieve certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Results from a 14-month community tec...
Harrison County, OH

Harrison County, OH

Harrison County, Ohio now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled Tuesday at the Puskarich Public Library as part of Harrison...
Anderson County, SC

Anderson County, SC

Anderson, SC – Anderson County is now officially a Connect South Carolina certified Connected community! Twenty-two communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Anderson County is the state’s first to achieve the off...
Delta County, MI

Delta County, MI

Escanaba, MI – The Delta County Technology Action Plan was unveiled Friday at the Delta County Chamber of Commerce as part of the county’s participation in Connect Michigan’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Delta County enrolled in the program to bo...
Antrim County, MI

Antrim County, MI

Bellaire, MI – Antrim County has become a certified community under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Robin Ancona, director, Telecommunications Division, Michigan Public Service Commission, joined the Antrim County Community Eng...
Harbor Springs, MI

Harbor Springs, MI

Harbor Springs, MI - Harbor Springs’ Technology Action Plan was unveiled Thursday at the Harbor Springs City Hall as part of the county’s participation in Connect Michigan’s Connected Community Engagement Program. Harbor Springs enrolled in the progr...
Saluda County, SC

Saluda County, SC

Saluda, SC – Saluda County now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled on Wednesday, February 27 at the American Legion Building i...
Indianola, IA

Indianola, IA

Indianola, IA – Indianola, Iowa is officially a Connect Iowa certified Connected community. More than 30 Iowa communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Indianola is the state’s first to achieve the official Connected cer...
Lyon County, TX

Lyon County, TX

Silver Springs, NV – Lyon County, Nevada now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled as part of Lyon County’s participation in ...
Douglas County, NV

Douglas County, NV

Minden, NV – Douglas County, Nevada is officially a Connect Nevada certified Connected community. Sixteen counties are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Douglas County is the state’s first to achieve the official Connected cer...
Charlevoix County, MI

Charlevoix County, MI

Boyne City, MI – Residents of Charlevoix County can take pride in knowing that they have become the first “Connected” certified community nationally under Connected Nation’s Connected community engagement program. The announcement was made today at a br...