BIG RAPIDS (WWJ) — Mecosta County will become the latest Michigan county to earn the designation “Connected Community” under the Connect Michigan initiative.

The county will release its Technology Action Plan in an event Wednesday.

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The plan contains specific recommendations of projects to expand broadband access, increase digital literacy, build awareness for the benefits of broadband, assist businesses with websites and social media, and increase the availability of online public services.

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The Mecosta County Broadband Internet Partnership and Connect Michigan will announce the plan at 10 a.m. at the Big Rapids Public Safety Building, 435 N. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids.

The Connected Community Engagement Program, led 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.

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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