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Livingston County, MI

Connect Michigan applauds the efforts of Livingston County for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.

Results from a community technology assessment, undertaken by the county, along with strategies for broadband expansion, were released on September 19, 2013 before 110 attendees at Cleary University in Howell, Michigan. Michigan Public Service Commissioner, Sally Talberg was a presenter at the event.

“This is an exciting milestone for Livingston County and our economic future,” said Ceci Marlow, chairperson, Advantage Livingston Placemaking Committee. “Broadband is the foundation for the new economy of entrepreneurship, Michigan's most exciting opportunity.  As a director of a public library, I also know that broadband is critical support for online learning—growing our next generation's leaders through technology and connection.”

Livingston County began working with Connect Michigan in the spring of 2012, by incorporating the Connected Community Program into the Advantage Livingston’s Placemaking Committee. Over the past year, the committee has reviewed current broadband coverage and adoption data, conducted surveys of local public institutions, introduced new broadband providers, completed the program’s broadband assessment and developed an initial action plan. Based on these actions and high scoring through the assessment, Livingston County has achieved the distinction of becoming a Certified Connected Community, the 5th county in the state to qualify for this recognition.

To obtain Connected certification, Livingston County had to meet certain benchmark scores in the areas of broadband access, adoption, and use based on the National Broadband Plan that demonstrate it is a technologically advanced community.

“Broadband coverage is a key economic development tool for any community,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “To have this designation for Livingston County makes us even more attractive to entrepreneurs and existing business people. Congratulations to the Advantage Livingston Placemaking Committee for their work on this.”