SOURCE: Connected Nation

Connected Nation

March 28, 2016 12:13 ET

Connected Nation Sets New Standard in Community Technology Planning and Development

Enhanced Methodology Marks New Innovation to Nationally Recognized Connected(SM) Program

BOWLING GREEN, KY--(Marketwired - March 28, 2016) -

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Connected Nation has released its Connected(SM) Community Engagement assessment and Technology Action Plan for Spartanburg County, South Carolina, marking an innovative milestone for the program. This report is the first of its kind and offers refreshed methodology with an advanced data collection process to provide communities with comprehensive, hyper-localized research data and innovative project plans that are unmatched in the industry.

"Connecting more Americans to the benefits of high-speed broadband has never been more important," said Tom Ferree, President and CEO of Connected Nation. "Unprecedented investment from the private sector and a host of federal initiatives all aim to help citizens and communities of every size leverage technology for a better tomorrow. The Connected program arms them with the tools and data necessary to organize and plan in order to take full advantage of this extraordinary time."

Information gathered through the Connected program provides communities with a unique analysis and view of the local broadband and technology ecosystem. Connected examines the access, adoption, and use of technology across the many interrelated sectors of a community, including economic development, K-12 and higher education, talent and workforce development, public safety, local government, libraries, tourism, and many more. The one-of-a-kind assessments and community Technology Action Plans provide strategic insight and support the development of an actionable plan to address the most pressing technology challenges facing communities today.

"Building a successful and technologically enabled community starts with a comprehensive planning effort that leads to a solid understanding of the needs and opportunities in the community," said Eric Frederick Connected Nation's Vice President for Community Affairs. "Connected offers communities an unparalleled and comprehensive assessment of the local technology landscape that can't be found anyplace else."

Connected Nation, a nonprofit organization and the national leader in community technology planning and data analysis, has been compiling strategic technology plans for communities in the U.S. for more than 10 years. The organization's rich history of community technology planning includes working with more than 600 communities over the last decade. That work evolved into the Connected Community Engagement Program, which has been beneficial to more than 300 communities across 7 states just in the last 3 years.

Connected Nation applauds the efforts of Spartanburg County for achieving certification with the Connected Community Engagement Program, illustrating the vital importance the community puts on technology access, adoption, and use.

About Connected Nation: Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans. Connected Nation effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and related technologies by developing coalitions of influencers and enablers for improving technology access, adoption, and use. Connected Nation works with consumers, community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. For more information, please visit: Follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

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