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Blog // Connect Michigan

2015 Michigan Broadband Conference Finalists

By Eric Frederick

This year at the 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference four finalists have been chosen for the inaugural Connected Project Awards sponsored by ACD. The 2015 Connected Project Awards recognize community organizations and partnerships implementing unique and creative projects designed to improve the adoption and use of broadband and associated technologies in communities across Michigan.

Finalists will present their projects at the conference, after which attendees (onsite and remotely via live stream) will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project. Checkout the conference live stream at for voting instructions. The 2015 Connected Project Awards and the cash prizes will be announced at the conclusion of the conference. See the finalist abstracts below:

Boost Your Business With BroadbandRoscommon County Economic Development Corporation

Boost Your Business With Broadband is an educational marketing service offering seminars to local businesses throughout the year. By partnering with industry experts, the seminar content includes website development, enhanced social media, fraud and cybercrime prevention, tapping into the “Pure Michigan Effect,” and engaging Michigan Works!. The seminars provide applications for local businesses to use immediately for promotion and to improve their services.

HarborActive, HARBOR, Inc. and Abuzz Creative

HarborActive provides lifelong learning in the area of digital literacy to the community. HarborActive training seminars are the preferred option for Northern Michigan professionals, seniors, and parents who desire a more personal and interactive learning experience. Area experts present face-to-face education and hands-on solutions to the most pressing digital issues. The program is designed to help the community embrace the use of technology by providing the tools necessary to cross the digital divide.

Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula AppKeweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Developed by the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Keweenaw Peninsula App is a mobile tourism app that features everything there is to do in Keweenaw. From hiking trails to restaurants and lodging, waterfalls, shopping, and events, you can get turn-by-turn directions, one-touch dialing, and an events calendar; you can also share listings on your favorite social network. The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce collaborated with the Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote the app and showcase the tourism opportunity across Keweenaw.

Senior Internet Security Program, Clare County Emergency Services & Broadband Network Group

The Senior Internet Security Program offers senior citizens and their respective care givers essential senior cyber security and fraud education. The campaign currently involves a focus-group approach at Senior Meal and other gathering sites to provide a one-on-one, enhanced education to reach the most vulnerable age group for fraud and cybersecurity crimes. Program facilitation is volunteered by Clare County Emergency Management with assistance from detectives at the Clare County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information about the 2015 Michigan Broadband conference, please visit  




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