Antrim County To Be Certified As A Connected Community

BELLAIRE — On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Antrim County will be certified as a “Connected” community. County representatives will release a Technology Action Plan that will include results of a months-long assessment undertaken by the Antrim County Community Engagement Team.

The Antrim County Technology Action Plan contains specific recommendations of projects to expand digital literacy, build awareness for the benefits of broadband, and assist businesses with Web sites and social media, and improving the online presence of local governments, among others. Achieving status of Connected certification affords a community an avenue to discuss its success and pursue opportunities as a recognized, technologically advanced community.

The formal presentation will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Antrim County Building Commission Chambers, 205 E. Cayuga St., Bellaire.

The Connected Community Engagement Program, facilitated by Connect Michigan, 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 broadband access, adoption, and use.

As the designated entity for broadband mapping and planning in the state of Michigan, Connect Michigan is a public-private partnership between the Michigan Public Service Commission and Connected Nation to work with local governments, businesses, and citizens in the goal of increasing broadband service in the state’s underserved areas.

For more information about what Connect Michigan is doing to accelerate technology in Michigan’s communities, visit www.connectmi.org.

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