Connected Nation’s Ashley Patterson to serve as Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP) President-Elect

Bowling Green, Kentucky (October 19, 2022) – Ashley Patterson, Senior Geospatial Technician at Connected Nation (CN), was elected by the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP) as President-Elect at its 2022 conference in Lexington, Kentucky. “We are so proud of Ashley in being elected by the KAMP membership to serve as President-Elect for the association next year,” said Ashley Hitt, …

Teen-led nonprofit works to close Digital Divide in the Northeast

Hoboken, New Jersey (October 18, 2022) – In April, Connected Nation (CN) hosted the National Kids Tech Summit sponsored by AT&T to challenge K-12 students to use their digital skills to help their communities. Four student-led organizations were named finalists in the competition. Computers 4 People was one of them — the nonprofit took third place and received a $3,500 …

Connected Nation’s Vice President of GeoAnalytics to serve as URISA President

Bowling Green, Kentucky (October 10, 2022) –  This week, Connected Nation’s very own Ashley Hitt, Vice President, GeoAnalytics, will begin her one-year term as President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) following the GIS-Pro 2022 conference in Boise, Idaho. “Geospatial data is crucial to every aspect of Connected Nation’s mission, as well as everything that drives today’s …

What a retired Colonel is asking US ALL to do for those who have served our nation

Bowling Green, Kentucky (October 4, 2022) – Retired Colonel Blaine Hedges spent nearly three decades in the United States Military. He has transitioned into the position of CEO & President of Government Solutions and Services or GS2. GS2 is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business founded in 2018 that empowers companies by building partnerships across government and private sectors. Hedges works with the …

Employee Technology Skill Gaps in the Great Resignation

Washington D.C. (September 27, 2022) — On September 16, I presented the results of some of Connected Nation’s recent research on a poster titled, “Employee Technology Skill Gaps in the Great Resignation,” co-authored by myself, Director of Research Development Chris McGovern, and Vice President, Community Affairs Eric Frederick, to the 50th Annual Telecommunications Research and Policy Conference (TPRC) at American …

Military spouses: Balancing remote work during a permanent change of station (PCS)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky (September 22, 2022) — Did you know that each year, over 400,000 service members make a permanent change of station? If you’ve experienced one before then you know it can be an exciting chance for new beginnings, but it’s often filled with stress and fear of the unknown. You and your family will likely start new routines …

The role of rural and urban libraries in closing the Digital Divide

Louisville, Kentucky (September 13, 2022) – Libraries across the county, like many other community organizations, were forced to shut their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic. But many people still depended on them for their day-to-day online resources. Jeanne Daily is the Co-Director of the Sidney Community Library located in Sidney, Illinois, population 1,321. She emphasized the critical need for public …

Biden-Harris Administration Now Accepting Applications for $1 Billion Rural High-Speed Internet Program

$1 Billion Increase in USDA ReConnect Program Round 4 Funding through the Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law The following was issued by the USDA on September 9, 2022 WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is now accepting applications for ReConnect Program loans and grants to expand access to high-speed internet for millions of …