Connected Nation recently recognized Charlevoix County with the first Connected Community certification in the country. The Connected Community Engagement Program managed by Connect Michigan guided the community through an assessment of their overall broadband and technology innovation. Achieving status of “Connected” certification affords a community an avenue to discuss its success and pursue opportunities as a recognized, technologically advanced community. County and local governments, schools, libraries and businesses participated in the inventory and planning process that led up to the certification.
Read this Michigan State University Extension article by Andy Hayes, Extension educator in the Greening Michigan Institute and Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) president, to find out more about the award and Extension’s role in its partnership with the NLEA.