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DEED Kicks Off Statewide Broadband Tour

State leaders will conduct informational meetings about the new Broadband Grant Program that will expand broadband to unserved or underserved areas

July 18, 2014

Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236

ST. PAUL – The Office of Broadband Development, located in the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, has scheduled information meetings throughout the state on the $20 million border-to-border Broadband Grant Program.  

This grant program, signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in May, will fund the build-out of infrastructure to promote the expansion of broadband service to unserved or underserved areas of the state.  

The informational meetings will be led by DEED’s new Executive Director of Broadband Development Danna MacKenzie and Telecommunications Manager Diane Wells in the Office of Broadband Development, who will provide an update on the application process for grant projects, and will gather feedback and input from community members.  

Meetings are scheduled for:

1:30-3 p.m., Friday, July 18
Chippewa County Courthouse, Assembly Room (basement), 629 North 11 th Street (corner of State Hwy. 7 and 11 th Street)  

1:30-3 p.m., Monday, July 28
The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter

1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, July 30
4261 Highway 53, Eveleth

1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, August 6
Wyoming Library, 26855 Forest Boulevard, Wyoming

2-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 19
University of Minnesota at Crookston, 2900 University Avenue, Bede Ballroom A, B and C, Sargeant Student Center, 2nd floor, Crookston

1:30-3 p.m., Friday, August 22
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, 525 Florence Avenue, Owatonna  

Tuesday, August 26
Perham – location TBD

The meetings are open to the public. Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these meetings should contact Diane Wells, Broadband Development Office, at 651-259-7610 or email .  

For more information from the Office of Broadband Development, select here.  

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Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.