How the USDA is Improving Rural Broadband Development Through Its ReConnect Program

Published on: December 5, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (December 5, 2019) – Over the past couple months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested in rural broadband development across the United States through its ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. According to the USDA, this program offers “unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural …

USDA Invests $18.88 Million in Rural Broadband for Alaskan Families

Published on: December 4, 2019

The following press release was issued by USDA on December 3, 2019 CORDOVA, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Alaska State Director for Rural Development Jerry Ward announced USDA has invested $18.88 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for nearly 270 rural households in Yakutat. This is one of many …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: The Importance of Tracking Technology in Our Schools

Published on: December 3, 2019

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Salt Lake City, UT (December 3, 2019) – For the last two months, Utah school administrators, technology directors, teachers, and other key staff members have been taking part in an effort to inventory technology in both charter and public schools across the state. It may sound like a routine part of what school districts must …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: Innovating Technology in Juab School District

Published on: November 26, 2019

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Nephi, UT (November 26, 2019) – Technology is not just part of the classroom in Juab School District. It’s integrated into every aspect of learning. “We’re giving each student a voice and choice in their own learning,” said Ken Rowley, Principal, Juab Junior High School. “Each student sets his or her own personal …

Michigan Health Endowment Fund awards nearly $15 million in health projects across Michigan

Published on: November 22, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2019 LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Health Fund) will support dozens of Michigan organizations with just under $15 million in new investments. 33 organizations will receive grants ranging from $87,000 to $500,000 as part of two Health Fund programs: Behavioral Health and Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles. (A full list of grant recipients …

Digital Skills Boot Camp Aims to Improve Digital Literacy in Ohio

Published on: November 21, 2019

The Plains, OH (November 21, 2019) – Digital Works, a program of Connected Nation, took its technology and client-service training program to Athens County, Ohio, a few weeks ago to host a free digital skills boot camp to improve basic digital literacy among its participants. The training was held at the OhioMeansJobs (Athens County) facility and was made possible thanks …

New Report: Expanding Broadband, Digital Skills Critical to America’s Future

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by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Louisville, Ky. (November 21, 2019) – The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently released a report that calls broadband (high-speed internet) “the most transformative technology of our generation.” It can grow the American economy, empower workers, and strengthen communities. “For many Americans, lack of broadband access means having less opportunity than their …

Connected Nation Texas Launches First Community Engagement

Published on: November 20, 2019

Rains County, TX (November 20, 2019) – On a cold and rainy day in Emory, Texas, Connected Nation launched its first Community Engagement of 23. In a gorgeously restored courtroom of the Rains County Courthouse, Tom Stephenson and Jennifer Harris of Connected Nation Texas, Rains County Judge Wayne Wolfe, and Jamie Baker of Congressman John Ratcliffe’s office welcomed a diverse group of …

The Changing Classroom in Utah: Technology’s Role in Alpine School District

Published on: November 19, 2019

by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation American Fork, UT (November 19, 2019) – According to Blaine Edman, we’re living in a vastly different world than just 10 or 20 years ago—and it’s impacting how Utah school districts approach education. “Technology now plays such a vital and important role in the world, so we need to teach students how to …