Martin County selected as a Blandin Broadband Community

Two-year partnership provides planning, technical and financial support to help county meet its
digital technology goals

Brainerd, Minn. (November 20, 2014) - Blandin Foundation announced today that Martin
County leaders were successful in their application to become a Blandin Broadband
Community, one of only 10 selected in the state. The announcement was made today in
Brainerd, before more than 140 participants in the Border to Border Broadband: No Community
Left Behind conference, co-sponsored by Blandin and Connect Minnesota

The Blandin Broadband Communities program is an intensive, two-year partnership between
Blandin Foundation and selected rural Minnesota communities. The program provides planning,
technical and financial support to communities that demonstrate the determination to bring
the benefits of a broadband-enabled economy to their communities

Martin County is one of ten new rural Minnesota communities that will join nine previouslynamed
Blandin Broadband Communities in the state. Other Blandin Broadband Communities
announced today are the Central Woodlands (east central Minnesota), Resilient Region 5 (north
central Minnesota), Sherburne County, Chisago County, Redwood County, Renville/Sibley
Counties, Red Wing, Nobles County, and Carlton County.

"At Blandin Foundation we recognize that broadband access - and the skills to use it -- are
essential to expanding opportunity for all. Thanks to community leaders in Martin County and
in the other communities with whom we partner, Minnesota is making important strides
toward ensuring that rural places and the economically and socially disadvantaged are not left
behind," said Bernadine Joselyn, Director of Public Policy and Engagement.

Communities were selected based on demonstrated commitment to work together across
sectors to set and meet information technology goals and bridge digital divides.

Martin County hopes to increase access to computers and enhance skills and connectivity for all
community members. There is a need for a better broadband opportunity and experience for
our residents and businesses county wide. This will provide an opportunity that will benefit
the residents and business in Martin County.

Programs and public policy initiatives: www.blandinfoundation.org. Information about the
Blandin Broadband Communities Program: URL

Martin County Economic Development Authority: The mission of Martin County EDA is to
Inspires Growth and Nurture Innovative Talent through Empowerment (IGNITE). The IGNITE
program was put in place to provide individuals, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses in
Martin County with the resources, support, and inspiration they need to prosper in the
competitive marketplace. For more information about EDC: http://www.region7erdc.org/

Media contacts:

Blandin Foundation
Allison Ahcan, Director of Communications
T: 218-327-8717
C: 218-259-2893
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Blog http://outposts.blandinfoundation.org and www.blandinonbroadband.org
Twitter @BlandinFound

Martin County EDA
Scott Higgins, Martin County Coordinator
T: 507-238-3126
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