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Blog // Connect Iowa

Urbandale Supports Economic Development Through Broadband

By CIA Staff

Recognizing opportunities to bring in new business, attract new residents, and strengthen the city as a whole, Urbandale, Iowa approved its economic development plan over a year ago in March of 2014.  Since then, Urbandale has rebranded, renovated, and refurbished its community in a variety of ways and continues to make positive strides, making Urbandale more inviting, accessible, and adaptable to future developments.  One aspect of the economic development strategy included strengthening of the telecommunications network in Urbandale.  Learning of their success in other communities in the state, Urbandale partnered with...

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Connected Certification Promotes Infrastructure Partnerships in Indianola

By CIA Staff

Unlike many communities which aspire toward Connected certified status, powerful broadband infrastructure was already in place in Indianola, Iowa’s first Connected community, certified in February 2013.  Collaborative city-wide initiatives created state-of-the-art broadband networks, yet, after years of negotiation and meticulous arrangement, many of the resources available were going unnoticed and unused by residents and businesses. Partnering with Connect Iowa, Indianola was able to measure the access in the area, create groundbreaking new programs and partnerships, and give the innovative infrastructure they had built the recognition...

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Eight Connected Communities Received Certification to Start New Year Off Strong

By Sarah Hagen

To start off 2015, eight communities in the state of Iowa have received the official designation of certified Connected community, a designation achieved after a community works with Connect Iowa on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community. The events hosted the following special guests: Governor Terry Branstad; Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds; U.S. Senator Charles Grassley; Congressmen Rod...

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Governor Branstad Recognizes Urbandale as Eighth Certified Connected Community

By Sarah Hagen

On December 17, Governor Branstad, Connected Nation President Tom Ferree, and local officials recognized Urbandale for becoming Connect Iowa’s eighth Certified Connected Community in the state and completing its technology action plan. The City of Urbandale and the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce worked to move this initiative forward. “We are pleased about Connect Iowa's effort and the collaboration it has engendered among the different agencies throughout the region,” said Branstad. "Lt. Governor Reynolds and I are passionate about increasing access, adoption, and the use of broadband technology in Iowa. I commend Urbandale on...

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