Des Moines, IA. (September 6, 2011) – Connect Iowa announces the hiring of Amy Kuhlers as state program manager.
In that role, Kuhlers will lead Connect Iowa’s continuing statewide effort to increase broadband adoption and use throughout the Hawkeye State. Connect Iowa has been leading the way since 2009 to bring the economic and quality of life benefits of broadband to all Iowa residents.
“We know that expanding broadband has a significant economic impact on a state’s residents, and we know Amy’s experience, background, and passion for this mission will be a tremendous asset for the Connect Iowa program,” said Brian Mefford, CEO of national nonprofit Connected Nation, Connect Iowa’s parent organization.
As Connect Iowa’s program manager, Kuhlers’ duties will include promoting collaboration between Connect Iowa, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the public arm of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress, and local, state, and federal stakeholders. Kuhlers will also be responsible for spreading awareness of the benefits of broadband, gathering and sharing information on best practice programs, and publicly demonstrating program impact and progress in communities across the state.
“Part of our job is to ensure communities are development-ready, so expanding broadband connectivity is essential,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. “We are glad to have Amy on our team to provide experience and focus.”
Prior to joining Connect Iowa, Kuhlers was a program manager of MyEntre.net Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa’s Regional Business Center. In this role, Kuhlers provided support, counseling, and resource assistance to Iowa businesses. She holds an associate of arts degree and an associate of science degree from North Iowa Area Community College, a bachelor of arts degree in business management / entrepreneurship from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, and is currently completing a masters of public administration from Drake University in Des Moines.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to Iowa’s continued economic growth, as well as helping to increase broadband adoption and connectivity for individuals all across the state,” said Kuhlers. “By working towards increased broadband accessibility, Iowa’s communities can realize new development potential as they move towards the future, and I look forward to helping make this possible through my role with Connect Iowa.”