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Innovation: Putting Broadband to Work

Event Details

October 8 - 10, 2019

Location: Grand View Lodge

Broadband access today is as varied as communities across Minnesota. Some enjoy a gig, others are working hard for any service, and the rest are somewhere in between. This conference is for all communities, regardless of where they are on the spectrum – because we’ve learned that having broadband isn’t enough. It takes inspiration, encouragement and guidance to reap the full benefits. We’ll be talking about how to make the most of what you’ve got and/or get more.

This year’s conference will shine a light on local broadband heroes as well as look at several aspects of broadband:

  • Getting Connected
  • Community Vitality
  • Economic Development
  • Digital Equity

Join policymakers, economic and community development professionals, and community broadband champions from across the state for this annual opportunity to learn, connect, and engage.



Platinum Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

Gold Sponsors: ADTRAN, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, Calix, CTC, Finley Engineering, Initiative Foundation, Northland Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, PCs for People, Sourcewell, Southwest Initiative Foundation, and West Central Initiative

ANNOUNCING 2019 Courageous Leader Awards

Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing healthy, inclusive – vibrant – communities.

It takes courage to do this work. To stand up. To spur change. To make sure our communities work for all who live in them.

Often this leadership goes unseen. To recognize and celebrate acts of leadership that have significantly contributed to the vibrancy of rural Minnesota communities, we’ve created the Courageous Leadership Award.

Click below to read stories of individuals, organizations and communities that are receiving our Courageous Leadership Award for their early and sustained leadership in rural broadband access and use.

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