Minnesota Intelligent Rural Community

Living Connected in Benton County

Focuses on bringing the full promise of broadband technologies to rural Minnesota.

Living Connected in Benton County is a project partner in the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Initiative (MIRC). MIRC is a coalition of 19 statewide partners and 11 demonstration communities funded in large part through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. The work of the coalition focuses on bringing the full promise of broadband technologies to rural Minnesota communities, businesses and people. Blandin Foundation serves as the project administrator.

Blandin Foundation & MIRC

Blandin Foundation

The Blandin Foundation is an independent, private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota USA. We are guided by a trust established through the will of founder Charles K. Blandin, who passed away in 1958 following distinguished careers in education, publishing and paper-making.

MN Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC)

Blandin Foundation submitted in August 2009 an application for federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) funding.

On March 25, 2010, the US Department of Commerce announced that the Blandin Foundation and 19 coalition partners received a $4.7 million grant award on behalf of rural Minnesota communities.

Through this grant, Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) coalition brings a network of resources and support to rural Minnesota individuals and communities - especially those unemployed and seeking employment, small businesses, coalitions of government entities, and local leaders.

MIRC was the only statewide applicant for this funding.


Why Broadband Is Important To Rural Minnesota!

 Hello, my name is Bernadine Joselyn, director of public policy and engagement for the Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. 

The Blandin Foundation is dedicated to strengthening rural Minnesota communities.  That is why we are so focused on the important issue of broadband access and use.  We believe that broadband is the new indispensible infrastructure for healthy rural communities. 

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