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technologyThe University of Michigan-Dearborn eCities studies examine community-level factors that influence entrepreneurship, economic  development, and job growth. The study is open to all Michigan cities, townships, and villages. There is no fee to participate.

East Lansing Technology Innovation Center facilitates the development of a technology-based economy in the mid-Michigan region and bolsters the region's professional workforce. The center is a partnership of the city of East Lansing, Lansing  Regional SmartZone, East Lansing Downtown Development Authority and the Local Development Finance Authority.

Public Technology Institute is a nonprofit technology organization for cities and counties. PTI works with a core network of local government officials to identify opportunities for technology research, share solutions, recognize member achievements, and develop best practices that address the technology management, governance and policy issues that impact local government.

Virtual Town Hall Virtual Town Hall has grown to be one of the major national providers of online services to city, town and county municipalities, concentrated primarily within the northeast United States.

Government Technology offers solutions for state and local governments in the information age, supplying case studies and news on government technology.

Abilita Telecommunications Consulting allows Michigan Municipal League members to save on average 29% off all telecom expenses with their current provider through a  partnership between the League and Abilita, a leader in telecommunications consulting. Contact the League’s Tony Minghine at 734-669-6360 or by e-mail.

e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government is a members-only national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

Connect Michigan is a non-profit organization, in partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission, tasked with facilitating the expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use throughout the state. According to their research, Connect Michigan finds that Michigan business establishments that use broadband report median annual revenues that are approximately $300,000 higher than businesses that do not use broadband. For rural small business the impact is even more dramatic with median annual revenue with broadband and a website at $430,000, compared to $70,000 without.

Additional information on the economic impact of broadband access is available within this presentation: Broadband’s Economic Impact in Michigan

Other presentations of interest include:
Broadband: Empowering Small Businesses to Grow and Thrive
Business Technology Assessment


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