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Blog // Connect Michigan

St. Clair County Becomes a Certified Connected Community

By Wil Payton

St. Clair County, Michigan is now officially a certified Connected community. The county became the sixth community in the nation to achieve certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. This achievement was commemorated at a public event Thursday at the St. Clair County Administrative Office Building in Port Huron.

Photo caption: From left, Bill Kauffman, St. Clair County Administrator, and Lori Eschenburg, Broadband Team Champion and Planner, Metropolitan Planning Commission, receive the certification award from Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan program manager.

To obtain Connected certification, St. Clair County had to meet certain benchmark scores in the areas of broadband access, adoption, and use that signify it is a technologically advanced community.

The St. Clair County Technology Action Plan was unveiled at the event. The plan contains specific recommendations of projects to further expand digital literacy, build awareness of the benefits of broadband, and assist businesses with websites and social media, and improve the online presence of local governments, among others.

Other Michigan communities and organizations working to gain certification through this program include the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission; the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission; and the counties of Barry, Clare, Delta, Gladwin, Livingston, Marquette, Mecosta, Osceola, Oscoda, and Wexford. 

Last summer, Charlevoix County became the first Connected certified community in the nation.

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