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Blog // Connect Michigan

Connecting Communities With LiveOps

By Connected Nation

Our teams across the nation are working with local providers and governments to bridge the digital divide in underserved areas -- particularly across rural America. None of the progress we've made would be possible without great partners, like our friends at LiveOps!  They recently joined our Connect Iowa team for their annual Broadband Summit where they participated in our "Digital Job Creation" panel. This panel was facilitated through Digital Works, our program that offers training for the 21st century workforce as well as work placement. Digital Works has an established relationship with LiveOps as an agent recruiting partner. Once...

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Search Engine Optimization Workshop to be Held in Ogemaw County

By Wil Payton

Most Michigan businesses have a website and/or use social media to promote their services or products, but many have difficulty determining how to maximize this technology to attract customers. One critical method for getting a company noticed online is search-engine optimization. On October 15, a Search Engine Optimization Workshop is being offered at the Ogemaw County Michigan Works! office located at 2389 S. M-76 in West Branch. The free workshop sponsored by the Ogemaw Economic Development Corporation will explain how to improve websites to gain traffic, including minimizing clutter to assist visitors in finding what they want quickly...

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Growing Educational Tech in Rural Michigan

By CMI Staff

From Samantha Stemler, Connect Michigan Communications Intern: High tech careers are expanding rapidly, growing at nearly twice the rate of other industries. Education in the tech sector, however, has not kept pace; research through the New Jersey Institute of Technology predicts there will be 1,000,000 unfilled positions in U.S. computer science jobs by the year 2020. In an effort to prepare future generations for high-powered, highly-paid tech careers, President Obama enacted the ConnectED initiative in 2013. The program outlines a plan for connecting 99% of students with new tech in the next five years. Schools throughout Michigan have...

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Improving the Bottom Line for Businesses and Communities

By CMI Staff

Samantha Stemler, Connect Michigan Communications Intern As digital demands and capabilities continue to grow, online resources are giving businesses and customers new venues to find each other and interact. A 2012 consumer review survey showed that 85% of people use the Internet to find local businesses. Connect Michigan’s 2013 Business Survey shows that 75% of all Michigan businesses are using broadband, yet less than half of small businesses are using the connectivity to advertise and reach new customers.  Connect Michigan is working with local governments and commercial development groups to facilitate digital workshops for small...

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