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Blog // Connect Michigan

Rural Areas Getting On the Grid

By Eric Frederick

With populations spread throughout farms, rural villages, small suburbs, and everywhere in between, concentrating community development efforts in rural areas presents an ongoing challenge. Getting the word out to every corner of a rural community and uniting constituents in an integrated push for increased funding, new roads, new technology, and other needs takes time and continuous support. A number of rural communities engaged in the Connected Community program are continuously making strides toward expanding broadband and bringing reliable, affordable Internet to homes far off the beaten path. Though the Connected Community engagement...

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Marquette County Becomes First Certified Connected Community in the Upper Peninsula

By Sarah Hagen

Gathering to celebrate Marquette County’s Connected community certification on February 13, 2015, from left are: Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Caralee Swanberg, director of business development for the Lake Superior Community Partnership; Thyra Karlstrom, Marquette County senior planner; and Robert Eslinger, director of Northern Michigan University’s Center for Rural Community and Economic Development. Marquette County is now the first certified Connected community in the Upper Peninsula and the 11th in the Michigan. The Marquette County Broadband Initiative (MCBI) team worked with Connect...

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