Healthcare From Anywhere: Groundbreaking Study Looks at the Impact of Telehealth in Rural America

Published on: March 5, 2020

Lansing, MI. (March 5, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN), through its state program Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), today released a groundbreaking study that closely examines the use and perceptions of telehealth in rural areas with a focus on Michigan counties. Researchers found, among other things, the highest ratios in the country of patients per doctor, a lower-than-average life expectancy, …

National Nonprofit Applauds Second Lady’s Work to Create Employment Solutions for Military Spouses

Published on: February 27, 2020

Oak Grove, Ky. (February 28, 2020) – Second Lady Karen Pence is visiting Fort Campbell today to highlight new efforts to create employment solutions for military spouses.  According to the Spouses Employment and Education 2017 Survey of Active Duty Spouses, military spouses face a 24 percent unemployment rate and a 25 percent wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts. “The …

Education, Business, National Security: Why Connecting One Rural Texas Town Affects Us All

Published on: February 24, 2020

“I sometimes feel like we’re sitting ducks out here.” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Connected Nation Monahans, TX (February 24, 2020) – Shellie Porras owns three businesses located in Monahans, Texas — all within 2 square miles. She operates a gym, a car wash, and a trucking company, and she wouldn’t be able to run them without access to broadband …

Digital Works at Fort Campbell Seeks to Lower High Unemployment Rate among Military Spouses

Published on: February 13, 2020

Oak Grove, Ky. (February 13, 2020) – The good news for 2020 is that the economy is booming. The U.S. labor market added 225,000 jobs in January and wages climbed 3.1 percent from a year earlier. Eric Winograd, senior economist at AllianceBernstein, told the Wall Street Journal that “the labor market and the consumer are the strength of the economy …

National Nonprofit Working to Close Digital Divide Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Rural America

Published on: February 5, 2020

Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2020) – Connected Nation Chairman and CEO Tom Ferree released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, specifically his commitment to ensure “that every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including rural America.” “We are excited to see that the Trump Administration remains committed to building a better …

Mark Your Calendars, USDA to Open the Application Window for the Second Round of ReConnect Program Funding Friday

Published on: January 27, 2020

The following is a press release published by the USDA on January 27, 2020  WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA will begin taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding on January 31. These funds will enable the federal government to continue …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

Published on: January 23, 2020

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

16th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winners Announced, Connected Nation Among Honorees

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The following press release was issued by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Connected Nation was named among the honorees. Although CN has projects and state programs across the country, the national nonprofit’s back offices are located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2020) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath …

Digital Works Launches New Site for Digital Skills Training and Job Placement Assistance

Published on: January 22, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 22, 2020) – Digital Works (DW) just launched a new, more user-friendly website to help people reach their training and job placement goals. You can find the new website at www.digitalworksjobs.org. The Digital Works program was developed by Connected Nation (CN) to fill today’s high demand for workers who have digital skills and the desire to …

EducationSuperHighway Partners with Connected Nation to Carry Forward its Mission

Published on: January 14, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 14, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has been selected by EducationSuperHighway to carry forward its mission to ensure state and school district leaders have the information they need to improve school broadband (high-speed internet) connectivity. This will be made possible through a new tool—Connect K-12—that will equip them with key information and analytics needed to improve …