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Blog // Connect Ohio

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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Morrow County Welcomes Comprehensive Technology Plan

By Lyndsey Kleven

Morrow County, Ohio now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled Wednesday, October 30, in Mt. Gilead as part of Morrow County’s participation in the Connected Community Engagement Program through Connect Ohio. Six Ohio communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program. Morrow County is the state’s third community to unveil its official Technology Action Plan and be presented with a detailed action plan for the future. “Morrow County continues to be very progressive in every aspect associated...

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One Year Later, Dozens of Communities Connected

By Connected Nation

This month marks one year since Charlevoix County, MI became the first Connected certified community in the country. We’ve commemorated the event in style by celebrating the country’s ninth Connected community – Van Wert County, OH. A rural county located on the southern edge of northwest Ohio’s rich agricultural region, Van Wert County has a large number of residents employed in the agricultural industry, and while the cost of living is low, the county has lost more than 5% of its population since 1990. With a shrinking populace, community leaders have been working harder than ever to do more with less. Led by Kim Brandt, Van Wert County’...

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Connect Ohio Welcomes First Certified Connected Community

By Lyndsey Kleven

Van Wert County, Ohio is officially a Connect Ohio certified Connected community. Currently eight Ohio communities are involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Van Wert is Ohio’s first to achieve the official Connected certification, and the 9th community in the nation to earn this certification. The occasion was marked with a public event Wednesday, August 21, at the County Annex Building in Van Wert. The Van Wert Broadband Planning Committee was presented with its official Connected trophy announcing the community’s official designation. “Connect Ohio has been very beneficial for Van Wert County in bringing city and county...

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