2013-08-08 / News

County launches tech plan

Sets connectivity goals to support economy

MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft County recently unveiled its Technology Action Plan as part of its participation in Connect Michigan’s “Connected Community Engagement Program”. The Technology Action Plan sets general community-wide broadband connectivity goals to work toward in order to support economic development and residential quality of life.

“The Connect Michigan program is fundamental to the community,” said Dustin Denkins, interim director, Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corporation. “Identifying our broadband assets allow the EDC to foster growth within Schoolcraft County.”

The Connected Community Engagement Program supports the development of a comprehensive strategy for building a “connected” community by reviewing the technology landscape, developing regional partnerships, establishing local teams, and conducting a thorough community assessment of the broadband infrastructure.

Schoolcraft County’s top goals from the new plan include: identifying, mapping, and validating broadband demand; developing a digital literacy and low-cost broadband program in Schoolcraft County; developing a county technology awareness program; and developing social media and website development classes for the local businesses.

The new plan gives the community step-by-step action items to ensure goals are met. The plan also supports future broadband expansion and programs to ensure the community maintains widespread Internet access, adoption, and use.

“Tom Stephenson and the Connect Michigan team have been instrumental in facilitating the creation of a comprehensive Broadband Internet Access, Adoption, and Use Plan,” said Alexander Kofsky, business service consultant, Michigan Works! The Job Force Board. “The Connect MI plan identifies where we are today and sets the stage for future surveys, projects, and service updates for Schoolcraft County.”

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