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Broadband Strategy Board

The role of Blandin Foundation’s Broadband Strategy Board is to provide strategic guidance, counsel and quality control to the Blandin Community Broadband Program.

Specifically, through their participation on the Strategy Board, members:

  • Review and approve grant applications for ratification by Blandin Board of Trustees
  • Help identify and vet program priorities and opportunities
  • Communicate rural perspectives and experience on broadband access and adoption to statewide policy makers and advocates
  • Provide counsel on program design and development
  • Provide expert counsel on program implementation
  • Raise strategic “industry” issues that should be considered and taken into account by the initiatives
  • Help connect foundation staff with the broadest possible range of partners and stakeholders, including industry, policy makers and influencers, and rural advocates
Broadband Strategy Board Members
Joe Buttweiler, Director of Business Development
CTC – Consolidated Telecommunications Company
Bree Maki*, Sr. Southern MN Outreach Dir. & Childcare, Broadband and Telecomm Outreach Dir., Office of Senator Smith
Stacy Cluff, Technology & Energy Services Manager
Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative
Scott Marquardt, Vice President
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Angie Dickison*, Executive Director, Office of Broadband
MN Dept of Employment and Economic Dev
Betsy Olivanti, Business Consultant
Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center
Nancy Hoffman, Executive Director
Chisago County HRA EDA
Dan Pecarina, President and CEO
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Jon Linnell, Executive Director
North Region Health Alliance
Rich Sve, Commissioner
Lake County
Marc Johnson, Executive Director
ECMECC – East Central MN Educational Cable Cooperative
Jim Weikum, Mayor, City of Biwabik
Executive Director, Arrowhead Library System

* Non-voting, advisory member

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