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Blog // Connect Iowa

Connecting Communities With LiveOps

By Connected Nation

Our teams across the nation are working with local providers and governments to bridge the digital divide in underserved areas -- particularly across rural America. None of the progress we've made would be possible without great partners, like our friends at LiveOps!  They recently joined our Connect Iowa team for their annual Broadband Summit where they participated in our "Digital Job Creation" panel. This panel was facilitated through Digital Works, our program that offers training for the 21st century workforce as well as work placement. Digital Works has an established relationship with LiveOps as an agent recruiting partner. Once...

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Connect Iowa’s “Connected” Community Engagement Program in Full Swing Across Iowa

By Sarah Synovec

Connect Iowa parent company Connected Nation developed the Connected Community Engagement Program to help guide a community through an assessment of its overall broadband and technology status. Connected certified communities have measurably demonstrated their proficiency for effective access, adoption, and use of broadband-supported technologies. The goal of the program is to help develop strategies that better harness the power of technology to stimulate local economic growth. Over the spring and summer months, Connect Iowa has had several Connected community events. Some events were held to kick off the Connected program, and some were...

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Work Smarter: Be Intentional with Technology

By Sara Volpi

We all do it. We’re sitting at our desks, dutifully marking things off our to-do lists, when we get the urge to check the latest stories in our social media feeds or peruse a favorite blog. These distractions can nudge anyone off the productivity-track, making it difficult to realign the workday and complete the tasks at hand. Some research would suggest we seek distraction because our bodies aren’t suited for spending 8 hours at a desk every day. Others would say we’re looking for ways to procrastinate. It seems we’ve stumbled upon a workplace paradox; technology’s multifaceted functions are making us more efficient and more distracted....

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Broadband Hero for Adoption and Use: John Carver

By Lyndsey Kleven

John Carver, Superintendent of Howard-Winneshiek CSD, has been selected as Connect Iowa’s newest Broadband Hero awardee for adoption and use. Carver is being recognized by Connect Iowa at the state Broadband Summit for his efforts in helping to foster high-speed broadband adoption and use in Iowa. This may include efforts related to the need for digital literacy training, increased awareness of broadband relevance, barriers related to affordability; innovative use of broadband-enabled technologies resulting in improved job creation, economic development, business or government services. The mission at Howard-Winneshiek Community School...

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