e-Vermont is a recent initiative to help rural Vermont towns take full advantage of the Internet, to advance a wide variety of local needs including economic development, school innovation, job creation, downtown marketing, community engagement and e-commerce.
Twenty four communities statewide have been selected to work with the e-Vermont partnership in a comprehensive effort combining online services, training, access, awareness, and planning. In addition, best practices in the uses of digital tools are being shared through symposia and conferences statewide.
The e-Vermont partnership focuses on the grassroots needs of each community, provides technical assistance, equipment and facilitation, and in some cases limited funding to 24 towns for a two year period. Local task forces will lead the way in developing specific plans for their community. Find out more at e4vt.org
THE SNELLING CENTER PARTNERSHIP WITH E-VERMONT
May 8, 2012: Vermont’s Digital Future Conference at Champlain College. The conference will convene individuals and groups to create priorities and action steps that keep the momentum of Internet technology training going. These strategies will lead to the expansion of opportunities in all sectors of our state.
Register today at http://evermontconference.org
The First e-Vermont Conference
May 21, 2011: The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project hostedCitizen Leadership in a Connected Age, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT. The conference focused on how Internet use is expanding at the community level across Vermont to improve economic and local service opportunities, with the goal to further, not compromise, our values around community. Community leaders as well as those in education, technology, business and nonprofit sectors sharee their expertise.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the e-Vermont conference! It was a great day for learning and networking.
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is leading a team of eight other nonprofits who work with rural communities around the state to improve the ways they use broadband, for everything from strengthening business plans to engaging more citizens in local government. Read more about the e-Vermont partners here.