Tele-worker promotion ideas

Yesterday I attended MTA’s Telework seminar. It provided a foundation on which to build some local or statewide efforts by MTA members. I could see a number of economic developers wanting to join in a collaborative effort. As I listened to the presentation, I came up with some ideas that might help community leaders to get a […]

Lac qui Parle unveils mobile computer lab

Last week, I was fortunate to participate in the ribbon cutting for the Lac qui Parle’s Computer Commuter mobile computer lab. There was a great crowd to tour the bus and try the new laptops before listening to the presentations, highlighted by Congressman Collin Peterson, chair of the House Agriculture Committee. EDA Coordinator Pam Lehmann thanked […]

2010 Intelligent Community – Suwon, South Korea

Suwon, South Korea was named the Intelligent Community of the Year last Friday. They won over the other six finalists, including some of my favorites – Dublin, Ohio; Tallinn, Estonia; and Eindhoven, Netherlands. Stockholm, Sweden was the 2009 Intelligent Community of the Year. Suwon is just 15 miles from Seoul. South Korea has now produced […]

Notes from Building the Broadband Economy in NY

Participating in the Intelligent Community Forum’s Building the Broadband Economy has been very interesting and fun. Last night I sat with people from across Canada and learned about the emphasis that their leaders are putting on broadband as an economic development strategy – from the Atlantic Provinces, to Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. They saw […]

Breakfast with Adelstein

Given a chance, what would you say to a top federal policy maker about rural broadband? I had my chance at the Broadband Properties Summit this week in Dallas with USDA Rural Utilities Services Administrator Jonathan Adelstein. I first saw him in the elevator and he asked me what I wanted to hear from him during […]

Helping you grow your own successful IT business

The Dakota Scott IT Entrepreneurs is hosting a an event that is open to everyone: Helping you grow your own successful IT business A panel discussion from 3 successful IT Entrepreneurs February 18, 2010 4-6 pm Old Chicago Restaurant, 14998 Glazier Ave, Apple Valley Appetizers & Beverages provided $10 at the door Get details Tell […]

Ramsey County/City of Saint Paul Community Broadband Summit

I attended a very interesting event yesterday at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul. The setting was very appropriate for a community discussion on commerce and information. James J. Hill is one of Minnesota’s greatest financial giants – railroad man, banker, agricultural innovator – whose fortune is still benefitting Minnesotans today through the […]

Dakota Future featured in Rosemount Pages

Dakota Future was featured in a recent article in the Rosemount Pages. The article highlighted Dakota Future’s effort to prepare Dakota County to apply to be ranked by Intelligent Community Forum in 2012. CTAC Founder Bill Coleman has been working with Dakota Future on the effort. It is an opportunity to receive international recognition as […]

Broadband Policy Seminar July 17

It’s not too late to sign up for the Blandin Broadband Seminar in Mankato on Thursday. It’s the same session we did in Grand Rapids before last month’s Broadband Task Force meeting. It was well received there – and seemed to inspire at least a few folks to speak out at the Task Force meeting […]

NTIA/RUS NOFA and workshops

Last week the NTIA and RUS unveiled the NOFA for broadband stimulus funding. As expected, it’s long and detailed but the instructions are also fairly straightforward. The NTIA and RUS are hosting workshops around the country to help applicants learn more about the process and what is expected from a winning proposal. There will be […]