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Blog // Connect Ohio

Help Us Connect the Dayton Region

By Jessica Denson

Dayton, OH – Ten minutes is all it takes to help get Dayton, Montgomery County and the surrounding region better connected. Connect Ohio is asking residents, businesses, librarians, healthcare facilities, and other stakeholders within the Dayton area to complain, compliment, and explain just how well their internet is or is not working. Working with the leadership of the City of Dayton our community is participating in the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected). This project will assess the status of broadband access, adoption, and use in our area so we can develop a broadband Technology Action Plan to improve the quality of life...

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Going Social on Small Business Saturday

By Eric Frederick

Since 2010, local businesses have urged customers to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the event continues to grow, thanks in large part to an active annual social media campaign. American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 with a viral multi-media campaign highlighting rare finds at small stores. In 2011, the U.S. government officially supported Small Business Saturday and it is now the largest shopping holiday in support of small business. Every year the movement grows and an increasing number of businesses utilize the buzz online to reach out to new and existing customers. On Small Business Saturday, during...

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Connect Ohio Accepting Applications to Award 5 Communities Detailed Technology Assessment and Broadband Plan

By Amanda Murphy

Access the application Connect Ohio is accepting applications from Ohio communities interested in taking part in the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) to receive a comprehensive technology assessment and innovative project plan to enhance its technology standing in today’s digital economy. As many as five communities may be selected for the Connected program. The awards are part of Connect Ohio’s renewed funding from the state of Ohio to continue advancing broadband access, adoption, and use for all Ohioans. Information gathered through the Connected program provides communities a unique analysis and view of the local...

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USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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