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2020 MN County Broadband Reports

October 29, 2020 Measured Progress, Accelerated Need Ann will present on the annual county broadband reports, which includes focus group discussions with some counties on whether broadband was a help or hindrance in dealing with COVID. Ann Treacy authors and manages the Blandin on Broadband blog. She has worked on broadband issues since 1994 – …

AEOA scholarship helped Bob Hildreth

Changing gears Scholarships support adults seeking new skills and careers   “How am I going to pay the bills?” thought Bob Hildreth, the day in 2007 when he was laid off from Ainsworth in Grand Rapids, where he had worked as a millwright for 10 years. Hildreth filed for unemployment and headed back to school …

At Home local giving area reports

As part of its commitment to its home community, Blandin Foundation periodically produces a report on its activities and distributes it to residents of the Grand Rapids area.  

Blandin Foundation Statement on the Death of George Floyd

Enough   Minnesota communities cannot be strong unless they are working for – and safe for – every person. Today’s mix of health, economic and racial crises rip off our bandage covering historical inequities, deep-seated injustice and unequal opportunities. We cannot deny that we are in trouble. Our communities, our leaders, need every person and …

Blandin Leadership Program Grant Application

Blandin Foundation provides grants up to $5,000 as part of its focus on investing in leaders in rural Minnesota communities. Previously these grants were called Rural Quick Start grants. Graduates of a Blandin leadership program (BCLP, BRCLP, LPEP, LEDC, ACE) may apply for these grants to assist with projects to plan for a vibrant future for their community. …

Blandin Strategy Board advice to Task Force

Earlier today the Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board sent the following letter to the Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force. It includes advice and praise for the hard work the Task Force has been doing. I’m going to cheat and put my favorite advice from the letter upfront – and then provide the full letter. 1. Focus on …

Board Leadership & Governance for Nonprofits

Many articles and workshops about nonprofit boards of directors emphasize the different roles of staff members and boards. What if those who serve on the board are also the same people who do the work of the nonprofit? Nonprofits that operate with all volunteers, or those with few paid staff, need a different kind of …

Broadband 101: CCG Consulting

The Ever-Widening Broadband Gap It’s really easy to look at the difference between rural broadband and broadband in towns today and assume that today’s gap has to be closed. The reality is that the speeds, amount of bandwidth, and the way that folks in cities use broadband continue to grow at a rapid rate, and …

Broadband 101: Design Nine

What should the Network of the Future Do for a Community? Andrew Cohill, Ph.D., President/CEO, Design Nine Inc. As more communities get access to improved broadband, is just being “faster” enough? It may be time to return to some of the concepts and ideas originally developed in the nineties as part of the Community Network …

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