Back in November, MVTV Wireless was pleased to learn that one of our local communities had been named a Blandin Community. Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) was one of nine rural community organizations that applied for and was granted a 2 year partnership with the Blandin Foundation. Now the fun part… identifying a list of worthy projects, formulating a strategic plan of action and pulling together the teams to make it happen.
The Daily Globe’s interview with SMBS lays out the first phase…
“The focus of the initial funding will allow the 60/90 Technology Corridor to formulate the strategies for working with local economic development associations, educational institutions and other interested parties to market the region as a high-technology destination for business and teleworkers.”
Two of the projects ready for immediate deployment are:
- Creation and support of education programs for late adopter businesses and organizations.
- Creation and marketing of a “tele-work” package for remote workers.
The article goes on to explain…
“The goal of the 60/90 Technology Corridor is to leverage that technology to bring new businesses and technology workers to the regions.”
A perfect example is Social Media Breakfast Rural Connection’s own Robin McFarland-Henning. Robin works for Cisco Systems and shared her relocation story with the club back in January, as told by the Jackson County Pilot.
“For one area native, the arrival of fiber optic communications services in Lakefield provided an unexpected opportunity to return home.
She had already made the move from California back to Minnesota in 2009, but she stayed in her Twin Cities suburb until realizing Lakefield was receiving fiber before she was.
Robin McFarland-Henning shared about that and the job she brought with her to Lakefield during Friday’s Social Media Breakfast Rural Connection gathering at The Shed.”