$20 million statewide Broadband Grant Program approved in May

    The Office of Broadband Development, located in the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, is in the midst of a series of information meetings throughout the state on the $20 million border-to-border Broadband Grant Program. Tuesday, Aug. 19, the tour stops in Crookston, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in UMC's Bede Ballroom.   

    This grant program, signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in May, will fund the build-out of infrastructure to promote the expansion of broadband service to unserved or underserved areas of the state.    

    The informational meetings are being led by DEED’s new Executive Director of Broadband Development Danna MacKenzie and Telecommunications Manager Diane Wells in the Office of Broadband Development, who will provide an update on the application process for grant projects, and will gather feedback and input from community members.    

    The meetings are open to the public. Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these meetings should contact Diane Wells, Broadband Development Office, at 651-259-7610 or email deed.broadband@state.mn.us.     

    DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at http://mn.gov/deed/. Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/mndeed.