County attains certification with Connected Nation




Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connect Michigan, Vice President of Community Relations of Connected Nation; Bryant Nolden, Genesee County Board of Commissioners; Susan E. Borrego, University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor; Tim Herman, CEO, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connect Michigan, Vice President of Community Relations of Connected Nation; Bryant Nolden, Genesee County Board of Commissioners; Susan E. Borrego, University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor; Tim Herman, CEO, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

GENESEE COUNTY — Connect Michigan has recognized the efforts of Genesee County for achieving certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.

Connect Michigan presented Genesee County’s certification and its Technology Action Plan before the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, University of Michigan-Flint representatives, Genesee County Board of Commissioners, and community stakeholders.

The release of this plan follows months of extensive analysis of the community’s broadband and technology standing and understanding its technology goals for the future. The Technology Action Plan gives step-by-step action items to ensure Genesee County reaches those technology goals.

Genesee County has been working with Connect Michigan, a program of Connected Nation, on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community. Genesee County joins more than 50 communities throughout the Great Lakes State that are engaged in the Connected program.

“Technology, including broadband Internet accessibility, plays a pivotal role in how businesses operate, the type of service consumers expect, how institutions provide services, and where consumers choose to live, work, and play,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “That’s why this distinction is so important for our region and why the Chamber has been actively involved in the certification process. It’s another important indicator to show that Flint & Genesee is open for business.”

The University of Michigan- Flint led the broadband connectivity research efforts, which assessed the community’s access to high-speed Internet. A team of university faculty and three students led the project to survey community senior centers, libraries, and other public resources as part of the certification project.

“We all know that this certification does not mean our work is done, but it does mean we’ve taken an important step forward in ensuring our community has access to functional, necessary technology,” said Susan E. Borrego, University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor. “The University of Michigan-Flint is proud to have been a partner in this project by providing research assistance — while also giving our students an opportunity to learn and deliver a meaningful service to our community.” Details: Visit info@connectmi.org. — G.G.


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