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Connected Nation honored among the Best Places to Work for the 10th time

The national nonprofit was ranked in the top 10 for small-sized employer

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Bowling Green, Ky. (June 21, 2021) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has once again named Connected Nation (CN) one of the Best Places to Work—awarding the organization with a 6th place ranking in the small-sized employer category. This is the 10th time the Kentucky-based, national nonprofit has been given the distinction.

“Connected Nation is celebrating 20 years of service in 2021,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, CN. “This honor is among the best we can receive because it says that we are creating a work environment for our employees that gives them the tools and support they need to fulfill our mission. Each Connected Nation staff member is working tirelessly to find innovative solutions for expanding broadband access, adoption, and use to all people no matter where they live or where they began. The pandemic has demonstrated—and reaffirms to us—just how critical our mission remains even 20 years after we began this important work.” 

Connected Nation was named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Kentucky in the small-sized employer category (those employing 15-149 U.S. employees). 

“The reason we are receiving this award is because our employees feel strongly that we are providing a work environment that allows them to thrive and grow within their roles,” said Stephanie Rivera, Human Resources Manager, CN. “Leadership at Connected Nation is focused on ensuring that every staff member is empowered to do their job well and help others as we work to close the Digital Divide in US. I’m extremely proud of our team, our organization, and how we work together to create positive change in the lives of individuals and families.”

This is the 17th year for the competition, which is “designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence,” according to the Kentucky Chamber.

Winners from across the state fall into three categories: small, medium, and large companies. The selection process is based on an assessment of each company’s policies and procedures, and the results of an internal employee survey.

The rankings in each category were announced on June 17. Click on this link to view the entire list of this year’s winners by category and ranking.

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About Connected Nation: Our mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies for all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.

Connected Nation works with consumers, local community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. For more information, please visit: and follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.