One Mom Finds New Hope Through Digital Works

Columbus, Ohio (June 20, 2018) – Crystal Amesquita never expected to be in this position—recently incarcerated and struggling to find a job to support her 12-year-old son Dominic. But everything was about to change. A program called Digital Works (DW) came into her life at the right moment and turned it all around. While staying at the Alvis House in …

What Rural America Needs to Succeed in the Digital Economy

By Matt Dunne, Center on Rural Innovation. This article was published on June 3, 2018. A seismic shift is happening in rural America. The opioid epidemic is disabling a segment of the workforce, retail jobs are giving way to ecommerce platforms, and college graduates are moving to cities in search of higher pay. But arguably the biggest change is workforce …

VIDEO: Connected: Empowering Communities Through Digital Inclusion

Grand Rapids, MI. (May 23, 2018) – Digital Inclusion is a way for people to improve their quality of life through technology. For example, if we did not have Digital Inclusion, students would not be able to do homework and people would not be able to apply for jobs, or stay connected with one another on social media. Connected Nation’s …

VIDEO: DIGITAL WORKS: A BETTER APPROACH TO WORKFORCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Columbus, Oh. (May 23, 2018) – Digital Works is a workforce and economic development planning program of Connected Nation (CN). Stu Johnson, VP of Digital Works, explains to RFD-TV the importance of Digital Inclusion in rural areas – and how it can help provide jobs. “Telework, remote work, and free-lance solo work are the fastest growing segment of the work …

VIDEO: WHY BETTER MAPPING MATTERS TO DIGITAL INCLUSION

Louisville, Ky. (May 16, 2018) – “In order to efficiently expand broadband access to impact digital inclusion, it’s essential that more accurate and granular broadband data be available to assist communities that are lacking service” said Ashley Hitt, GIS Director of Connected Nation, recently during an interview with RFD-TV. Hitt was invited to speak about Connected Nation’s (CN) GIS mapping, …

Named the Top State in America, How Iowa Can Keep the Honor

Des Moines, IA. (May 10, 2018) – Iowa’s Governor, Kim Reynolds, announced in her Condition of the State address earlier this year, an initiative to promote, invest and connect rural Iowa by expanding broadband capabilities in every corner of the state. That was a welcome statement considering that Iowa was recently announced as the best state in the nation, partially …

34 Million Americans Are Without Broadband Access: Can We Connect Them?

(May 10, 2018) – Because of my mother’s health, I will become her caregiver. Having high-speed internet will allow me to work from home. Lack of high-speed internet in our area poses a significant and growing hurdle to our ability to do business and maximize my children’s educational experience. Small towns are falling behind in internet capacity. This makes it …