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Research Publications

Listed below are various publications from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Publications listed come from projects EDA Center faculty and staff have completed, works published in magazines/journals and technical assistance requests. Technical assistance requests are typically planning, research or technical projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, business development or capital investment. All requests are reviewed by EDA Center staff, as well as the EDA Center Advisory Board; and those requests selected comprise our annual work plan. For more information regarding the EDA Center's RFA process click here.


How Rural Minnesota Communities Access and Use Broadband: Minnesota Rural Intelligent Communities Baseline Report
Completed October 2010
Local EDA/Organization: Blandin Foundation
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Jack M. Geller, Ph.D.
Project Description: The purpose of the MIRC project is to: 1) enhance public access at state workforce centers for training and new online learning opportunities, 2) generate a sustainable community response for helping businesses use the internet more effectively, 3) deliver e-entrepreneurship/training and technical support to small businesses in rural Minnesota, 4) support community broadband initiatives in community technology planning; reducing the \"digital divide\" and creating a \"culture of use\", and 5) support communities and critical institutions in the promotion and implementation of high-value broadband applications in health-care, education, government and business. This is the baseline report outlining broadband adoption across Minnesota and 11 demonstration communities in rural Minnesota.
EDA Center Involvement:
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This document was prepared by the University of Minnesota, Crookston under award number 06-66-05709 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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