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Annual Conference 2021

Online · October 12-14, 2021

This year, we’ve all lived through a shared, but unique, experience. What was yours like? How did broadband help or hinder – or motivate – you, or your community?

We know rural Minnesotans keenly felt how important a strong, reliable broadband connection is. When kids can’t go to school, adults can’t work, and families can’t access needed resources, our communities suffer. By working together, though, our communities can forge solutions. Countless rural Minnesota communities have shown the way. Your community can too!

In October, broadband champions in your region and across the state gathered for a 3-day virtual conference to hear what’s happening around the state — what is being accomplished, what is still needed, and how we can inspire each other to keep at it! Hosted by Blandin Foundation with support from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development.


Session Notes and Recordings

Regional Gatherings

At regional gatherings ahead of the conference, more than 300 rural Minnesotans shared their thoughts on what the state needs to prepare for the coming federal broadband funding.

Region Date Archive
East Central: Region 7E plus Aitkin County October 6 Meeting Notes and Video
North Central: Region 5 September 30 Meeting Notes and Audio
Northwest & Headwaters: Regions 1, 2 September 29 Meeting Notes and Video
Central: Region 7W September 23 Meeting Notes and Video
Arrowhead: Region 3 minus Aitkin County September 22 Meeting Notes and Video
West Central: Region 4 September 16 Meeting Notes and Video
Upper MN Valley, Mid-Minnesota, and Southwest: Regions 6W, 6E, 8 September 16 Meeting Notes and Video
Southeast & South Central: Regions 9, 10 September 16 Meeting Notes and Video

Not sure which region? See this map and list of MN’s economic development regions:

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Mary Magnuson

Mary Magnuson

Grants Program Officer - Rural Placemaking

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