Charlevoix County has been certified as America's first certified "Connected Community" under Connected Nation’s Connected community engagement program.
The Connected program, led by the organization's state affiliates, supports the building of a comprehensive action plan for a connected community by reviewing the technology landscape, developing regional partnerships, establishing local teams, and conducting a thorough community assessment of broadband access, adoption, and use.
Being connected by broadband is to the 21st century what being connected by telephone was to the 20th century, a necessary utility to ensure individual and business success. It is a one of eight key assets of vibrant communities as identified by the League's "Center for 21st Century Communities."
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.