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Recent News // News Release: Southeast Valley Community Kicks Off Connected Program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Southeast Valley Community enlists in Connect Iowa’s Connected program to bridge technology gap, increase educational opportunities, boost economy, pave way for improved quality of life

Gowrie, IA – On October 21, community leaders within the Southeast Valley Community held a kickoff meeting to join Connect Iowa’s Connected Community Engagement Program. The leaders seek to boost the local economy, increase educational opportunities and quality of life for residents through increased access, adoption, and use of broadband.

The meeting was held in Gowrie, IA with participants representing the school district, providers, library, and economic development. The Southeast Valley Community includes the following Iowa communities: Gowrie, Lanyon, Moorland, Somers, Farnhamville, Callendar, Lehigh, Dayton, and Harcourt.

“We are excited to be a part of this important initiative,” said Marcie Boerner of Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association. “As our world becomes increasingly technology-driven, we don’t want to be left behind. The Connected community certification process will help us achieve a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, enhanced education, and more efficient government.”

The Connected Community Engagement Program facilitates assessments of local broadband access, adoption, and use. The goal of the program is to help develop strategies to better harness the power of technology in order to stimulate local economic growth. The Connected program seeks to increase the number of high-tech companies and jobs, ensure that schools have sufficient access to broadband, and maximize technology options for healthcare, libraries, local government, and citizens.

For more information about the project or to join the Connected community technology team, please contact Connect Iowa at, or Connect Iowa Program Manager Amy Kuhlers at (515) 421-2561.

Boerner can be reached at or by phone at (515) 352-3151.

Southeast Valley Community hopes to have the assessment process completed by mid-December, 2014. 

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About Connect Iowa: Connect Iowa is a subsidiary of Connected Nation and operates as a nonprofit in the state of Iowa to promote broadband access, adoption, and use. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is leading the initiative to increase broadband Internet access throughout rural Iowa. Connect Iowa was commissioned by the state to work with all broadband providers in Iowa to create detailed maps of broadband coverage and develop a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of broadband. For more information visit:

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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. Connected Nation through its partners provides a national platform for recognizing those communities that excel across these important benchmarks. Funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), this effort is part of the State Broadband Initiative.