Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Report shows communities successfully bringing broadband to Greater Minnesota

In 2014, the Minnesota legislature made an important first step toward connecting the entire state with border-to-border, high-quality broadband. Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program is now available to communities, private providers, co-ops, and nonprofits upon a determination by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) showing financial viability, community support and local need.

However, a few Greater Minnesota communities already enjoy world-class service as a result of local community leadership. A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) details the ways local governments–many of which are in Greater Minnesota–have stepped up to get connected. Continue reading

GMNP members invited to board meeting, conference Nov. 13

The GMNP will adopt its 2015 legislative positions, priorities and strategies at its next Board of Directors meeting, which will be held from 10:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. All GMNP members are welcome to attend, even if you are not on the Board. Some issues being considered as possible priorities for 2015 include:

  • Broadband expansion
  • Workforce housing
  • Job training
  • Stopping excessive environmental regulations
  • Transportation funding for roads and bridges

If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding these or other possible legislative priorities, please contact Dan Dorman at dan@gmnp.org or 612-245-5204 as soon as possible so that your input can be included as we create a draft of the policy positions prior to the Nov. 13 meeting. Continue reading