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March 24, 2015

Annual State Technology Event Comes to Bowling Green

ConnectKentucky’s 8th Tech Day in Kentucky hosted in partnership with Western Kentucky University, Office of Research

Bowling Green, KY: Today, ConnectKentucky in partnership with Western Kentucky University, Office of Research, hosted the 8th Tech Day in Kentucky, an annual event that assembles the technology leaders from across the Commonwealth to discuss the latest technology advancements and opportunities in Kentucky. Prominent state technology advocates gather to share their input on technology use and provide updates on broadband initiatives at the local, state, and national level.

For more information, please see the release here.

April 4, 2013

Computers 4 Kids Grant Helps Equip Computer Lab at Community Center

Louisville, KY— Thanks to grants from AT&T and ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program, the Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC) unveiled a new education center Wednesday equipped with dozens of computers.

For more information, please see the release here.

November 14, 2012

Commonwealth’s Tech Leaders Honored at Annual Tech Day

Annual Tech Day honors students, businesses, schools, and organizations expanding broadband use

Frankfort, KY— ConnectKentucky Tuesday honored individuals and organizations using broadband in innovative ways at its 2012 Tech Day at The George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium in Griffin Hall at Northern Kentucky University.

For more information, please see the release here.

October 15, 2012

Powell County now Online with Fixed Wireless Broadband

Five towers part of four-county broadband expansion project

Powell County, KY – The Breathitt, Estill, Lee and Powell (BELP) Regional Technology Authority (RTA) and ALTIUS Broadband are excited to announce the initial completion of a fixed wireless network to bring broadband to more residents of Powell County.

For more information, please see the release here.

October 11, 2012

Commonwealth’s Tech Leaders to be Honored Nov. 13 at Annual Tech Day

Commonwealth’s Tech Leaders to be Honored Nov. 13 at Annual Tech Day

Frankfort, KY— ConnectKentucky, marking its 10th anniversary, will again honor the Commonwealth’s technology leaders at its 2012 Tech Day on November 13, 2012. The 6th annual awards will be presented at The George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium in Griffin Hall at Northern Kentucky University.

Tech Day is an opportunity to better understand and promote the benefits of broadband technology in our government, schools, healthcare facilities, libraries, businesses, communities, and homes. Prominent technology speakers and advocates provide current views on technology use and updates on broadband initiatives at both the state and national level. As part of Tech Day, an awards presentation recognizes businesses, students, educational institutions, and government agencies that are making a difference in advancing broadband technologies in the Commonwealth.

For more information, please see the release here.

August 23, 2012

Area Head Starts Benefit From Computer, Printer Donations

Computers 4 Kids, AT&T donation aids Four Head Start facilities

LEBANON – Several Central Kentucky Head Start locations got a boost in their efforts to promote the school readiness of children from birth to age 5 through new computers and printers donated Wednesday through the ConnectKentucky Computers 4 Kids program.

The distribution, held at the Lebanon Head Start and made possible by a contribution from AT&T, covers several Central Kentucky Head Start locations:

  • 8 new desktop computers (2 each for 4 Head Start facilities in Hodgenville, Lebanon, Bradfordsville, and Vine Grove)
  • 6 new laptop computers (to be used at Head Start locations for people working on their GED or other educational goals)
  • 1 network printer for the Lebanon facility
  • 3 donated Lexmark printers (1 each for Hodgenville, Bradfordsville, and Vine Grove)
  • $320 subsidy for broadband service for New Haven location

For more information, please see the release here.

August 15, 2012

Area Head Starts to Benefit From Computer, Printer Donations

LEBANON – Several central Kentucky Head Start locations will receive new computers and printers through the ConnectKentucky Computers 4 Kids program.

The distribution will take place at 10 a.m. (ET), August 22 at Lebanon Head Start located in the Central KY Community Action Building at 332 Hood Avenue, Lebanon.

For more information, please see the release here.

June 7, 2012

Cybersafety Event Slated for June 13

LEXINGTON – Internet safety continues to be a major – and at times complicated – issue for parents. A cybersafety event June 13 will provide parents and their children what they need to know about Internet safety and cybercrime.

For more information, please see the release here.

April 5, 2012

Pike County Gets Help in Staying Connected With Mobile Tech Center

Pike County, Ky. – Residents of Pike County now have a new way to connect with the world, thanks to a mobile technology center through the Pike County Public Library District funded by a donation from the EQT Foundation.

Pike County Public Library District services the largest county in Kentucky. The county provides no immediate public transportation services from community to community. This poses some of the largest problems for community members in the outer-most areas of the county. The multipurpose mobile technology center, unveiled yesterday, iscapable of providing a training environment, employment assistance, emergency assistance, and serve as a mobile information center to the community at various eventsthroughout the year.

For more information, please see the release here.

March 20, 2012

Program Offers Free Technology Training, Computers, Printers

Lexington, Ky. –Today, ConnectKentucky, in partnership with William Wells Brown Community Center, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Lexington Housing Authority, and Lexmark International, announced the launch of a technology training program to provide free technology training, a refurbished computer, a Lexmark printer, and a broadband subsidy for up to 6 months for residents of the William Wells Brown neighborhood’s Hope VI Apartments.

"Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) is proud to be a part of this project that increases access to computers and the Internet for qualifying households," said KHC Chief Executive Officer Richard L. McQuady. "Through this technology, we can bridge the digital divide for these families and open up more opportunities for jobs and education to strengthen Kentucky’s future."

For more inforrmation, please see the release here.

August 22, 2011

Kentucky rural broadband projects get $2 million

Kentucky programs aiming to increase rural broadband access were awarded more than $2 million in funding today by the US Department of Agriculture.

The grants are part of the Community Connect program, which provides grants to rural, economically challenged communities. More than $100 million in Community Connect funding was announced today.

Crystal Broadband Networks, Inc. was awarded $1,159,400 for projects in Heidelberg and Yellow Rock; Inter Mountain Cable, Inc. was awarded $993,339 for an Endicott broadband project.

"Without broadband, rural communities, agricultural producers, and business owners face a substantial challenge," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release. "These loans and grants will bring the benefits of broadband, including new educational, business, and public health and safety opportunities, to residents living in some of the most remote parts of our Nation."

Funds can be used to construct, acquire, or lease facilities to deploy broadband to community facilities such as schools and public safety buildings, as well as residents and businesses in the community, according to the USDA. Each project requires a matching contribution and must serve an area where broadband is not available. The grantee must agree to provide local community centers in the selected towns with at least 10 computers, which are accessible free for two years.

For more about the awards, see the release here.

January 25, 2011

ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids Program Facilitates Computer Refurbishment, Donation in Greenup County

In Greenup County, students lead the way for 150 families to soon receive computers, printers, thanks to Greenup County Schools, Rep. Tanya Pullin, AT&T-Kentucky, ConnectKentucky

GREENUP, KY— Greenup County students are getting a unique chance to give back to their community while learning valuable IT job skills. Today, ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program announced that 150 refurbished computers will be donated to Greenup County families, as part of a computer refurbishing program underway at Greenup County High School.

Rep. Tanya Pullin (D-South Shore), Greenup County school officials, AT&T-Kentucky President Mary Pat Regan, and ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True gathered at Greysbranch Elementary to announce the donation and the innovative way in which the computers are made available. Funding for this new program is facilitated by ConnectKentucky through a grant from AT&T-Kentucky.

The Greenup County program is unique. The Greenup County Public School system will take older computers from throughout the school system and upgrade them through a computer refurbishment program for teens at Greenup County High School.

High school students will be trained on how to refurbish the computers, which otherwise would have been headed to a local landfill. The students, who are seeking A+ certification in information technology, will reformat the hard drives, install new memory, and make other upgrades to the machines.

The computers will then be distributed to disadvantaged families as identified through the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers in Greenup County. Along with the computers, recipients will receive a printer donated by Lexmark International.

“Greenup County school officials and Rep. Pullin should be commended for taking the initiative to provide home-based technology resources for children and families in their district,” said True. “Old computers will not be trashed, but instead repurposed to teach school children useful technology skills in an environmentally friendly way.”

“This is the perfect example of private and public spheres collaborating to benefit our children,” said Rep. Pullin. “Education doesn’t begin and end during the school day, and this will help 150 families give their children a boost toward a better life. This is an investment in the future of all our citizens. In that sense, it’s one of the smarter economic development projects we can champion, and I am pleased to play a role in it.”

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January 13, 2011

ConnectKentucky to honor the Commonwealth’s technology leaders

Annual Tech Day, sponsored by CBTS, to be held at Great American Ball Park  

Frankfort, KY— ConnectKentucky will again honor the Commonwealth’s technology leaders at its 2011 Tech Day on April 29, 2011.

The 5th annual awards will be presented at a new venue – Great American Ball Park before the Cincinnati Reds host the Florida Marlins. The event is sponsored this year by CBTS. ConnectKentucky is soliciting nominations for awards in the following categories:

  • Small Business Technology Award goes to a small business that has successfully used broadband technology to broaden its customer reach and provide a positive example of technology use and capabilities in the Commonwealth.
  • Large Business Technology Award goes to a large business that has successfully used broadband technology to broaden its customer reach and act as a leader in technology use in the Commonwealth.
  • New and Emerging Business Technology Award goes to a start-up business that has successfully used broadband technology as a vehicle for growth and has acted as a model for other emerging Kentucky businesses.
  • Secondary Student Technology Award goes to a Kentucky high school student who has recognized the benefits of using broadband technology and promotes and implements its use in creative and inspiring ways.
  • Postsecondary Student Technology Award goes to a Kentucky college student who has recognized the benefits of using broadband technology and promotes and implements its use in creative and inspiring ways.
  • School District Technology Award goes to a Kentucky school district that has successfully used broadband technology to enhance the educational capacity of its institutions as well as inform students and parents of the value of broadband adoption.
  • Postsecondary Institution Technology Award goes to a Kentucky postsecondary institution that has successfully used broadband technology to enhance its educational capacity as well as provide students with an improved educational experience us¬ing broadband technology.
  • Government Leadership in Technology Award goes to a state or local government that has utilized broadband technology to improve effectiveness and effi¬ciency in areas such as budgeting and service delivery.

Nominations are due by April 1, 2011. For more information about the nominations or to receive a nomination form, contact ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True at rtrue@connectky.org. More information and downloadable nomination forms are available at www.connectkentucky.org.

August 17, 2010

CONNECTKENTUCKY SUPPORTS UNSERVED AREA IN FIGHT FOR AFFORADABLE BROADBAND

Thanks to Grassroots Efforts and Public-Private Partnership, New Broadband Service has Been Extended for Unserved Area in Greenup County on Brookefield Farm Road

In Greenup County, Kentucky, Melinda Spears and her two teenage daughters have never had an opportunity to connect to affordable high-speed Internet.

“I have a daughter in high school and, well have you tried to do anything on the computer via dialup lately?” Spears wrote to ConnectKentucky.  “It's excruciatingly slow if it even works at all. Needless to say, she is unable to do any of her computer based schoolwork at home. In this day of technology, citizens are literally handicapped without the use of the Internet for everything from entertainment to information to education to contacting your representatives.”

However, thanks to grassroots efforts from public officials, private industry, local residents, and ConnectKentucky, Spears, her daughters, and her neighborhood are now benefiting from affordable high-speed Internet.

In a time where connectivity continues to be an issue in many rural areas in all states, Spears’ story is all too common. Her neighborhood is small — just 17 or so families. It’s on the border of two counties — Greenup and Boyd. Spears called her neighborhood, which runs along Brookefield Farm Road, the “Bermuda Triangle of Greenup County.”

Based on a suggestion from State Rep. Tanya Pullin (D-District 98), Spears contacted ConnectKentucky.

“Is there any way you can help us few, honest, hard working citizens, to be a part of and enjoy the benefits of this new, incredible, digital society and not be left behind?” Spears wrote. “I realize this may seem trivial to some, what with all the problems in our country and the world beyond, but if nothing else, it will benefit the future and the education of our children who deserve the same chances that urban children have. Thanks for your time and your work you do for our community and the Great Commonwealth of Kentucky. I am proud to be a Kentuckian.”

René True, executive director of ConnectKentucky, suggested that Spears gather a group of neighbors interested in broadband service. Spears did just that — 16 families in her area said they would subscribe to affordable broadband service if it was offered. True then contacted Foundation Telecommunications, Inc. (FTI) about the need and opportunity to provide broadband service to Spears’ neighborhood.

Starting in late May, FTI started providing Spears and her neighbors with high-speed service. Since the service began, FTI has had seven new subscribers.

For FTI, a ConnectKentucky Steering Committee partner, providing service to unserved areas is part of its mission.

“This community only had dial-up available prior to FTI installing this network,” said Bud Coburn of FTI. “Many had complaints about how long the downloads would take on dial-up for their kids to accomplish school work at home. With the faster speeds they were excited about the opportunity for their kids to learn their school work over the FTI network.”

George Livergood, president and chief executive officer of FTI, agreed.

“While it is certainly true that the new broadband service to the broadband ‘Bermuda Triangle of Greenup County’ is as a result of a public-private partnership with FTI, the project could never have become a reality without the cooperative efforts of the local community,” Livergood said.

For ConnectKentucky, helping Spears, her daughters, and her community become connected in an affordable way is a key component of the nonprofit’s work that continues to change the lives of Kentuckians.

“We are pleased to have helped Melinda and her daughters. Although the area served is a small one, we are privileged to have assisted Brookefield Farm residents in gaining the connectivity they deserve,” said True. “We applaud our friends at FTI and Rep. Pullin for their commitment to helping the communities they represent and serve. The broadband service offered by FTI provides hope for other Kentucky residents living in unserved areas.”

“I have been working to expand broadband service to our area for years. Because we are largely a rural area, several different ways to deliver high-speed Internet are needed to meet the needs of the residents here.Since FTI’s technology seems to work well, it may help to provide high-speed Internet to other rural parts of our county, too,”Rep. Pullin said.

Pullin continued, “I applaud Mrs. Spears and her neighbors for taking an active role in making this solution work. I also commend ConnectKentucky for their creativity in finding this high-speed Internet solution.”

For Spears and her neighbors, the new broadband service is working beautifully and they couldn’t be more excited.

“We were at the end of our rope. Our daughter had a new computer, but she was not using it. We are really happy with the new broadband service and others I have talked with are also pleased,” Spears said.  “FTI was very persistent in dealing with the weather challenges in setting up the system. It is a whole different world being able to use broadband.”

FRANKLIN COUNTY COUNCIL ON FAMILY ABUSE BENEFITS FROM COMPUTER, TECHNOLOGY DONATIONS

The Franklin County Council on Family Abuse Receives Refurbished Computers Donated through a Partnership of ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids, Opportunity for Work and Learning (OWL), and the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership

Franklin County Council on Family Abuse donationCouncil on Family Abuse Chair Laura Leigh Goins (center) accepts a donation of five nearly new computers and printers from Assistant Secretary of State Allen Eskridge and ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True.

 

 

 

 

Frankfort, KY—On Thursday, May 13, five nearly new computers and printers were donated to the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse as part of a continuing technology donation partnership.

The computers and printers were donated during the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse’s “Steak-Holder Supper,” held at the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. More than 100 community members and local leaders attended the event.

“The donation of these computers is so critical to our work here in this community and in Central Kentucky,” Council Chair Laura Leigh Goins said. “Not only do we now have the resources we need to install a security system with monitors in each of our units, but our guests will also have an opportunity to seek information that will help empower them to overcome their situations and change their lives.”

Initially, the gently used computers were donated by the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program.

“As our office continues to increase our digital capacity, we soon outgrow some of the computer equipment that we have used over the years,” remarked Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “Although they no longer fit our needs, we are delighted to use these computers to brighten the future of Kentuckians recovering from abusive environments. We have long said that our office does more with less, thanks to technology. We are humbled that our technological reach will extend beyond to the families of Kentucky via the C4K program.”

ConnectKentucky’s C4K program is an innovative project that brings together public and private partners to help disadvantaged children and their families join the information age. This is accomplished by placing computers in the hands of disad­vantaged populations so that they have access to abundant technological resources and can perform basic computing functions.

Since its inception, C4K has delivered more than 3,200 Internet-ready computers to disadvantaged individuals, schools, libraries, community centers, and nonprofit after-school programs across the state.

“ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program is proud to continue our participation in this partnership designed to help families in the Bluegrass,” said Rene True, executive director of ConnectKentucky. “As the partnership continues to receive donations, we are confident that technology use will expand throughout the region.” 

Before going to the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse for placement in a home for abused women seeking shelter, the computers were made like new by Opportunity for Work and Learning. OWL provides job skills to employment-challenged individuals who refurbish computers during a 10-week technology training program. OWL is an organization dedicated to removing employment barriers to individuals in the community by retraining them in a field where they are more likely to find a job.

“This multi-agency partnership demonstrates that when agencies work together, all citizens regardless of age in the Commonwealth will benefit.  OWL continues to look for new partnerships to fulfill its mission,” according to David Boggs, OWL president/CEO.

To learn more about the donation, visit www.connectkentucky.org.

 

DANVILLE HEAD START PROGRAM BENEFITS FROM COMPUTER, TECHNOLOGY DONATIONS

May 6, 2010

The Crescent Drive Head Start Program Receives Refurbished Computers Donated through a Partnership of ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids, Opportunity for Work and Learning (OWL), and the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership.

C4K Donation

Children from the Crescent Drive Head Start give a thumbs up during this week’s computer donation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danville, KY—This week, the Crescent Drive Head Start program in Danville received computers as part of a kickoff event for a technology donation partnership.

“Having access to the computers will allow the teachers to have an opportunity to use digital instructional resources to improve kids’ math and science skills,” said Amy Collier, site supervisor for the Crescent Drive Head Start program during the kickoff on Tuesday, May 4.

Over the next few weeks, ConnectKentucky, Opportunity for Work and Learning (OWL), and the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership (BGCAP) will arrange the donation of refurbished computers to Head Start programs in Anderson, Boyle, Jessamine, Woodford, Mercer, and Franklin counties. This week’s event was the kickoff of the official partnership. For the computers donated this week, the refurbishing services took place at Pioneer Vocational Industrial Services in Danville.

“It is wonderful to have all the agencies come together to benefit the technology needs of the kids in the Head Start program,” said JoAnn Travis, director of Head Start for the six-county region. “We wish to thank all those responsible for making the technology resources available.”

Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney said Tuesday that providing access to technology “was a given in today’s world” and that he was “glad to see Boyle County organizations rally together to provide technology for area kids.”

McKinney even suggested that there may be other opportunities to donate old county computers for the refurbishing program.

Initially, the gently used computers were donated by the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program.

“As our office continues to increase our digital capacity, we soon outgrow some of the computer equipment that we have used over the years,” remarked Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “Although they no longer fit our needs, we are delighted to use these computers to brighten the futures of Kentucky’s most precious resources — our children. We have long said that our office does more with less, thanks to technology. We are humbled that our technological reach will extend beyond to the children of Kentucky via the C4K program.”

ConnectKentucky’s C4K program is an innovative project that brings together public and private partners to help disadvantaged children and their families join the information age. This is accomplished by placing computers in the hands of disad­vantaged populations so that they have access to abundant technological resources and can perform basic computing functions.

Since its inception, C4K has delivered more than 3,200 Internet-ready computers to disadvantaged individuals, schools, libraries, community centers, and nonprofit after-school programs across the state.

“ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program is proud to be a part of this new partnership and to help the Bluegrass Region’s Head Start programs,” said Rene True, executive director of ConnectKentucky. “As the partnership continues to receive donations, we are confident that technology use will expand throughout the region.”

Before going to the Head Start programs, the computers were made like new by personnel at Pioneer Vocational Industrial Services in partnership with Opportunity for Work and Learning. OWL provides job skills to employment-challenged individuals who refurbish computers during a 10-week technology training program. OWL is an organization dedicated to removing employment barriers to individuals in the community by retraining them in a field where they are more likely to find a job.

“This multi-agency partnership demonstrates that when agencies work together, all citizens regardless of age in the Commonwealth will benefit.  OWL continues to look for new partnerships to fulfill its mission,” according to David Boggs, OWL president/CEO.

These computers, along with donated printers from Lexmark, have now been and will be donated to children participating in six Head Start programs, with the help of funding through the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership.

“The Blue Grass Community Action Partnership is appreciative of this donation to our six Head Start centers.  These computers and printers will assure that the children have access to computer technology to learn basic computer skills.  We would like to thank our partners in this effort, ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids,” said Troy Roberts, executive director.

To learn more about the donation, visit www.connectkentucky.org.

AREA HEAD START PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT FROM COMPUTER, TECHNOLOGY DONATIONS

April 30, 2010

Six Head Start Programs Will Receive Refurbished Computers Donated Through a Partnership of ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids, Opportunity for Work and Learning (OWL), and the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership.

Danville, KY—Head Start programs in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky are benefiting from technology, thanks to donated computers and printers from a collaborative effort of several organizations. The refurbishing services took place at Pioneer Vocational Industrial Services located in Danville.

On May 4, ConnectKentucky, Opportunity for Work and Learning (OWL), and the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership (BGCAP) will officially announce a partnership that will donate refurbished computers to Head Start programs in Anderson, Boyle, Jessamine, Woodford, Mercer, and Franklin counties.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, at the Crescent Drive Head Start, 456 Crescent Drive, Danville, KY.

The gently used computers were donated by the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program.

“As our office continues to increase our digital capacity, we soon outgrow some of the computer equipment that we have used over the years,” remarked Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “Although they no longer fit our needs, we are delighted to use these computers to brighten the futures of Kentucky’s most precious resources — our children. We have long said that our office does more with less, thanks to technology. We are humbled that our technological reach will extend beyond to the children of Kentucky via the C4K program.”

ConnectKentucky’s C4K program is an innovative project that brings together public and private partners to help disadvantaged children and their families join the information age. This is accomplished by placing computers in the hands of disad­vantaged populations so that they have access to abundant technological resources and can perform basic computing functions. Since its inception, C4K has delivered more than 3,200 Internet-ready computers to disadvantaged individuals, schools, libraries, community centers, and nonprofit after-school programs across the state.

“Through the Computers 4 Kids program, ConnectKentucky continues to identify creative partnerships to ensure all Kentuckians enjoy the benefits achieved through technology access. We are proud to work with our new partners to foster technology inclusion for all Kentuckians,” said ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True.

Before going to the Head Start programs, the computers were made like new by personnel at Opportunity for Work and Learning. OWL provides job skills to employment-challenged individuals who refurbish computers during a 10-week technology training program. OWL is an organization dedicated to removing employment barriers to individuals in the community by retraining them in a field where they are more likely to find a job.

“This multi-agency partnership demonstrates that when agencies work together, all citizens regardless of age in the Commonwealth will benefit.  OWL continues to look for new partnerships to fulfill its mission,” according to David Boggs, OWL president/CEO.

These computers, along with donated printers from Lexmark, have now been and will be donated to children participating in six Head Start programs, with the help of funding through the Blue Grass Community Action Partnership.

“The Blue Grass Community Action Partnership is appreciative of this donation to our six Head Start centers.  These computers and printers will assure that the children have access to computer technology to learn basic computer skills.  We would like to thank our partners in this effort, ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids,” said Troy Roberts, executive director.

To learn more about the donation, visit www.connectkentucky.org.

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About ConnectKentucky: ConnectKentucky is leading the way into a new economy for Kentuckians. As an independent technology-based economic development organization, ConnectKentucky works to ensure that Kentucky remains the place of choice to live, work, and raise a family. ConnectKentucky is an alliance of technology-minded businesses, government entities, and universities working together to accelerate technology in the Commonwealth.

For more information about ConnectKentucky, visit www.connectkentucky.org.

About OWL:  Since 1961 Opportunity for Work and Learning has been partnering within the community to educate and equip individuals with barriers to employment to reach their vocational goals.  OWL provides job training, job placement, evaluations, and assessment services in all 17 counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District and Jefferson County. 

For more information about OWL, visit www.owlinc.net.

About Blue Grass Community Action Partnership: The Blue Grass Community Action Partnership has been providing assistance to low-income individuals/households since 1964 in an effort to remove barriers to self-sufficiency.  With the funding received through the ARRA, the Agency has collaborated with Opportunity for Work & Learning (OWL) to provide resources to make a difference in our client’s way of life.  Eligible clients receive vocational assessments that identify an individual’s interest, aptitudes, learning strengths and weaknesses to ensure successful training and job placement outcomes. The computer recycling and refurbishing is just one of the aspects of this program.  Preparing individuals for employment that provides a living wage will ensure that the will become self-sufficient.

For more information about BGCAP, visit www.bluegrasscommunityaction.org.

About Pioneer: Since 1967 Pioneer Vocational/Industrial Services has been providing vocational development and extended employment programs to people who are disabled and/or disadvantaged to assist them in obtaining employment and maximizing independent living skills. Pioneer provides job training, job placement, evaluation, assessments and Supported for Community Living services.

For more information about Pioneer, visit www.pioneerservices.org

CONNECTKENTUCKY ISSUES REQUEST FOR PROPSOAL FOR 'COAL TO BROADBAND' PROJECT

March 8, 2010

RFP Seeks Plans from All Types of Providers in Order to Bring Broadband Service to Breathitt, Estill, Lee and Powell Counties

Frankfort, KY— ConnectKentucky has issued a request for proposal for the build-out of a four-county broadband network in Eastern Kentucky, with the ultimate goal of providing high-speed Internet service to 7,000 unserved households.

In November 2009, Governor Steve Beshear joined with Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder, the Breathitt, Estill, Lee and Powell Regional Technology Authority Chairman Joe Crawford, and ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True to announce the launch of the “Coal to Broadband: Making the Transition, Making the Connection,” program, which will help bring broadband service to Breathitt, Estill, Lee, and Powell counties.

ConnectKentucky is serving as technical adviser on the project, working with the newly formed nonprofit, the Breathitt, Estill, Lee and Powell Regional Technology Authority (RTA).

All four of the grant’s impacted counties are in the bottom 25 counties in Kentucky for broadband availability. Breathitt and Lee counties are the two lowest served counties in the state, both with below 50 percent availability of broadband to the home. The RFP covers the infrastructure portion of the broadband project, with the ultimate goal of providing service to approximately 7,000 households in the four-county eastern Kentucky region without access to high-speed Internet.

The network design is based on using fixed-wireless technology; however, ConnectKentucky and the RTA encourage providers of all technology platforms to review the request for proposal and submit their best solution.

In addition, responses that include the combination of the construction phase of the project with a proposal for the operations phase from one company or a partnership of companies may provide the best solution and will receive favorable consideration in the review process.

“In the upcoming weeks, the RTA is looking forward to reviewing a variety of broadband project proposals. We appreciate ConnectKentucky’s technical assistance and guidance during this request for proposal process,” said Crawford. “The ultimate goal of the ‘Coal to Broadband’ project is to reach four of Kentucky’s lowest served counties with high-speed Internet. I strongly encourage providers of all types to submit their plans for completing this worthwhile effort.”

The deadline for responding to the RFP is April 5, 2010, and should be submitted to René True, c/o BELP, 311 West Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 or e-mail at rtrue@connectky.org. The announcement of the winning RFP response will occur around May 7, 2010, with construction slated to start soon thereafter. It is estimated the entire construction build-out will take between 5-7 months.

As technical advisor, ConnectKentucky guided the preparation of the RFP and will assist the RTA in understanding the technical aspects of the RFP responses. However, the selection of a provider from the RFP responses is the ultimate responsibility of the RTA and the evaluation team appointed by the RTA.

“ConnectKentucky is proud to be part of the ‘Coal to Broadband’ project and helping to facilitate this request for proposal. This project is going to bring high-speed Internet service to families and businesses in four counties where it is desperately needed and will play an important role in diversifying the region’s economy,” said True. “We look forward to working with the RTA and the successful RFP respondent to provide broadband to the region.”

For a complete copy of the RFP and additional project information, please check the website at http://www.connectbelp.org/.

CONNECTKENTUCKY HOSTS SUCCESSFUL 2010 TECH DAY IN KENTUCKY

February 23, 2010

2010 Tech Day in Kentucky Features CyberSafeKY Training, Technology Roundtables, and Donations from AT&T and Lexmark

FRANKFORT, Ky. — More than 120 students, parents, community members, and technology advocates participated in the 2010 Tech Day in Kentucky, held Thursday, February 18 in Frankfort.

In the opening events, 80 students at Hearn Elementary School, along with their parents, participated in a cybersafety training. The cybersafety training class is part of an ongoing partnership among ConnectKentucky, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, and the Kentucky Department of Education.

Called CyberSafeKY, the training provided children with a basic understanding of the safe use of social network sites and what parents need to monitor with their children’s use of the Internet. Since CyberSafeKY began in 2009, more than 25,000 parents and children have participated in 100 different training awareness classes. Topics covered during the session included cyberbullying, cyberpredators, responsible use of social networking sites, and more.

Along with the CyberSafeKY training, Franklin County Schools received a donation of 150 printers from Lexmark. This printer donation was facilitated through ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) initiative, which provides computers and enhanced technology tools to low-income households, schools, community centers, libraries, and nonprofit organizations that provide after-school educational programs to underprivileged children.

In addition, the AT&T Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to ConnectKentucky. The grant from the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., will benefit ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids. Previously, the AT&T Foundation awarded C4K $150,000 to distribute computers to more than 20 nonprofits in Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Washington, and Boyle counties.

Following morning events at Hearn Elementary School, Tech Day events continued in Frankfort, with a proclamation reading, the announcement of ConnectKentucky’s Technology Awards, and technology-related roundtable discussions.

The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) received the Corporate Citizenship Technology Award, which is given to a company, organization, or foundation that has successfully shaped its mission and business strategy to promote broadband technology adoption in the Commonwealth.

The GRADD received the award for the public-private partnership known as ConnectGRADD, which is bring broadband to the rural areas of Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster counties. ConnectGRADD is currently providing service to over 1,500 residents of the region with a goal to double subscription.

“ConnectGRADD is opening many doors that were previously closed to citizens in rural communities.It offers them unprecedented access to economic development, entrepreneurship, education, and entertainment opportunities — just to name a few,” said Jiten Shah, executive director of GRADD.

“ConnectGRADD, Inc. is honored to receive this prestigious award. We pledge to continue our strong partnership with ConnectKentucky to accomplish our shared vision of bringing broadband Internet availability to residents across the Commonwealth.”

ConnectKentucky also hosted two roundtable discussions about technology applications, benefits, and use in education delivery and eGovernment in Kentucky. Over 35 people participated in the panel discussions.

The technology education roundtable was moderated by Allen Lind, chief information officer for the Council on Postsecondary Education, and featured a group of Kentucky’s educational technology leaders including representatives from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, the Kentucky Department of Education, and Eastern Kentucky University.

Participants discussed how technology is impacting Kentucky’s educational delivery system, recent technological innovations, and future applications.

The eGovernment roundtable was moderated by Allen Eskridge, CIO and Assistant Secretary of State and featured panelists from the Commonwealth Office of Technology, Cisco Systems, Officescape, and Dataseam.

This discussion focused on how government can use technology to better serve citizens, recent technology improvements in Kentucky state government, and how technology can be leveraged to improve government and lower costs.

“I was very pleased with the number of new ideas that emerged from the workshop. The panels stimulated a great deal of discussion regarding information innovation strategies and next-generation infrastructure needs,” said Dan O’Hair, Dean and professor at the College of Communications and Information Studies at the University of Kentucky. “Having nonprofit, government, for-profit, and educational representatives interact as part of the discussion added to the value of the workshop.”

This is the fourth time ConnectKentucky has held the day-long Tech Day in Kentucky.

 For additional information, visit the ConnectKentucky website at www.connectkentucky.org.

CONNECTKENTUCKY'S COMPUTERS 4 KIDS RECEIVES $15K FROM AT&T FOUNDATION

February 18, 2010

AT&T Foundation Awards ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids $15,000 During 2010 Tech Day in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY—Today, the AT&T Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to ConnectKentucky as part of the 2010 Tech Day in Kentucky festivities.

The grant from the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., will benefit ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K), an initiative that provides computers and enhanced technology tools to children and organizations that provide after-school educational programs to underprivileged communities. Previously, the AT&T Foundation has awarded C4K $150,000 to distribute computers to more than 20 nonprofits in Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and Boyle counties.

AT&T and the AT&T Foundation are committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs.

“We applaud ConnectKentucky for the work they do helping kids leverage technology to learn,” said Mary Pat Regan, president of AT&T Kentucky. “When we give students more of the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, we are ultimately helping them get ready to compete for good jobs.”

Since its inception in 2006, ConnectKentucky’s C4K has donated more than 3,000 computers to community organizations, schools, and nonprofits throughout Kentucky.

“Computer 4 Kids continues to transform the lives of Kentucky’s families and communities,” said Rene True, executive director of ConnectKentucky. “Through the generous contribution of the AT&T Foundation, the support of our corporate partners and working with local community leaders, ConnectKentucky is closing the digital divide.”

Organizations interested in supporting Computers 4 Kids can submit requests to C4K@connectky.org. To learn more about ConnectKentucky and Computers 4 Kids, visit www.connectkentucky.org.

CONNECTKENTUKCY TO HOST CYBERSAFEKY SESSION AT 2010 TECH DAY

January 22, 2010

FRANKFORT, KY – Engaging technology leaders from across the Commonwealth, ConnectKentucky will host the 2010 Tech Day in Kentucky on February 18 in Frankfort. Events will begin at 10 a.m. (EST). This is the fourth time ConnectKentucky has held the day-long event.

This year’s Tech Day in Kentucky will feature a cybersafety training class for parents and children as part of an ongoing partnership among ConnectKentucky, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, and the Kentucky Department of Education. Called CyberSafeKY, the training will provide children with a basic understanding of the safe use of social network sites and what parents need to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.

“The Internet is a wonderful tool, but it can also be a tool for crime,” said Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. “From cyberpredators to cyberbullying, the dangers that exist online are real. Through our CyberSafeKY partnership, we’re educating both students and parents across Kentucky about these dangers and how to keep kids safe in today’s virtual world.”

Topics covered during the session will include cyberbullying, cyberpredators, responsible use of social networking sites, and more. A Lexmark printer distribution for the Franklin County Public Schools will open the event.

Also, 2010 Tech Day in Kentucky will host two roundtable discussions about technology applications, benefits, and use in education delivery and eGovernment in Kentucky.

The technology education roundtable at 1:30 p.m. will feature a group of Kentucky’s educational technology leaders including representatives from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, the Kentucky Department of Education, and Eastern Kentucky University. Participants will learn about the successes of educational technology investments in the Commonwealth, the impact technology is having on educational delivery systems, and the challenges faced in tight budgetary times.  

The eGovernment roundtable at 3 p.m. will feature panelists from the Commonwealth Office of Technology, Cisco Systems, Officescape, and Dataseam. This discussion will focus on what it means to incorporate “eGovernment” solutions into government operations and employ Web 2.0 and beyond applications.

In addition to the roundtable events and cybersafety training, ConnectKentucky will announce the winners of the ConnectKentucky Technology Awards at 12:30 p.m. ConnectKentucky is currently soliciting nominations for the four awards, including:

  • Corporate Citizenship Technology Award, which goes to a company, organization, or foundation that has successfully shaped its mission and business strategy to promote broadband technology adoption in the Commonwealth;
  • Small Business Technology Award, which goes to a small business that has successfully used broadband technology to broaden its customer reach and provide a positive example of technology use and capabilities in the Commonwealth;
  • Student (secondary) Technology Award, which goes to a Kentucky high school student who has recognized the benefits of using broadband technology and promotes and implements its use in creative and inspiring ways; and,   
  • Student (post-secondary) Technology Award, which goes to a Kentucky college student who has recognized the benefits of using broadband technology and promotes and implements its use in creative and inspiring ways.

ConnectKentucky encourages nominations from local leaders, schools, non-profits, businesses, and private citizens. Nominations will be taken until January 30.  A downloadable version of the nomination form is available at http://www.connectkentucky.org.

Mail or e-mail your nomination to:

ConnectKentucky

Attn: Donna C. Drury

311 West Main Street

Frankfort, KY 40601

ddrury@connectky.org

Other events include an opening reception beginning at 10 a.m. at Hearn Elementary School, 300 Copperleaf Boulevard in Frankfort. The CyberSafeKY training will also be held at Hearn Elementary School. The ConnectKentucky Technology Awards presentation, the roundtable discussions, and the closing reception will be held at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Boulevard in Frankfort.

To attend the events, please RSVP by February 1 to:

Donna C. Drury

ddrury@connectky.org

(502) 875-7501 (office)

(502) 594-8083 (mobile)

In 2009, over 150 people attended the day-long event, which featured roundtables addressing the value of technology in the areas of education, healthcare, telework, and digital citizenship, while highlighting Kentucky’s status as a leading broadband state.

 PARKLAND SENIOR CITIZENS RECEIVE COMPUTER CLASS COMPLETION CERTIFICATES AT COMMUNITY CENTER

December 15, 2009

Larry GordonLarry Gordon, a participant at the Oasis Center’s senior computer class, shows off the certificate he earned for completing the class.

Local Residents of All Ages Gain Valuable High-Technology Skills at Oasis Center

Louisville, KY--At the Oasis Living in Freedom and Excellence Center in the Parkland neighborhood of Louisville, the center’s first senior computer classes recently ended. The five students spent several weeks learning about computers and their applications.

For some of the participants, the courses were their first time using a computer, while others were able to fine tune their current skills. Despite their different skill-levels, the participants praised the course and lamented its end.

“I hate to see the class end,” participant Larry Gordon said following the recent end-of-class certificate ceremony and luncheon. “It was very enlightening.”

Thanks to a donation from ConnectKentucky and its partners, the Oasis Life Center has been able to provide community residents—both young and old--with access to a free computer lab outfitted with computers and printers. The lab also has laptop computers for use at the center or on loan.

The center was formed in 2003 by Elim Baptist Church members to house a program to help young people learn more about the technical side of the music business. Since then, the center has become a nonprofit agency and offers afterschool tutoring, parent workshops and outreach for people dealing with HIV-AIDS, along with the senior computer training classes.

Michelle Patrick, the center's executive director and a retired teacher, said she has seen the need for such a lab for years.

“I remember when I taught at Meyzeek [Middle School], so often kids had projects but no access to computers at home to work on those projects,” she said. “That always stuck with me.”

Along with all of its current activities, the Center will add GED preparation classes starting in January 2010. Also, the Center has plans to offer online college preparatory and foreign-language courses and video editing for teenagers, Patrick said.

"I like to tell people we're small, but we have lofty goals,” she said.

Related Information:

Press Release: Nine Louisville-area Non-profits Receive More than $40K Worth of  Computers, Printers

KENTUCKIAN INVITED TO SERVE TWO-YEAR TERM ON MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER'S INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY PANEL

November 10, 2009

Connected Nation chief executive officer Brian Mefford Outlined ConnectKentucky’s Program Success at International Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- This week, Connected Nation’s chief executive officer, Brian Mefford, was appointed to a two-year term on the MSC Malaysia International Advisory Panel (IAP). Chaired by the Malaysian Prime Minister, the IAP provides advice and counsel to the Malaysian Government to set and prepare the agenda for the way forward in the development and growth of the MSC Malaysia and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Malaysia.

In addition, Mefford was a featured panelist at the 12th annual IAP meeting, outlining the success of ConnectKentucky’s public-private partnership model for increased broadband deployment and adoption, particularity the organization’s grassroots-level work to bridge the “digital divide” in the state.

It was the hope of the conference that ConnectKentucky can serve as a model for possible similar programs in Malaysia.

“At ConnectKentucky, we believe that states, communities, families and individuals can realize the tremendous economic and social advantage of widespread broadband deployment and adoption,” Mefford said. “Our public-private partnership model has not only seen success in Kentucky, but in other states around the country. We are confident that we can translate this success to Malaysia and help grow the country’s new, high-technology economy.” 

The IAP brings together the “meeting of the minds” of some of the world’s most renowned industry luminaries and thought leaders in the global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. This year’s IAP meeting, Innovation Economy: Paving the Path to Prosperity, was held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), near Kuala Lumpur, on Nov. 8-10.

The meeting included discussions on how to keep “the MSC Malaysia at the forefront of assisting Malaysia’s economic recovery and creating future prosperity via an innovation-based economy,” according to an article in The Malaysia Star.

Related Links:

Article: IAP Meeting to Be Smaller But More Focused (The Malaysia Star, 11/3/09)

Article: IAP to Set Tone For MSC Malaysia In Sync With New Economic Model (Bernama, 11/2/09)

Article: IT Experts to Share Views on Enhancing the Role of MSC Malaysia, (The Star Online, 11/07/09)

Article: Broadband: Kentucky Style (Malaysian Life, 11/10/09)

Article: Kentucky News Review (Lexington Herald-Leader, 11/10/2009)

Article: Malaysia seeks Kentucky Expertise to Wire Nation (Business Lexington, 11/10/09)

Article: Broadband Lessons From Kentucky (The Malaysia Star, 11/10/09)

Video: MDeC: Innovation-based Economy (The Star Online TV)

GOVERNOR BESHEAR ANNOUNCES GRANT TO PROVIDE BROADBAND ACCESS TO EASTERN KENTUCKY REGION

November 3, 2009

Governor Beshear and ConnectKentucky

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear presents a check to Chip Spann, René True and Mark Messer of ConnectKentucky during the “Coal to Broadband” launch on Tuesday.

BEATTYVILLE, Ky.--Governor Steve Beshear joined with Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder and ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True today to announce the launch of the “Coal to Broadband: Making the Transition, Making the Connection,” program, which will help bring broadband service to Breathitt, Estill, Lee and Powell counties.

“Through the work of Internet providers statewide and the Department for Local Government, Kentucky serves as a national model of how Internet access can enhance the quality of life for individuals, businesspeople and entire communities,” said Gov. Beshear. “However, we still have room for improvement, especially in our rural areas. Through the launch of the ‘Coal to Broadband’ program, the Commonwealth is moving one step closer toward ensuring that every Kentuckian has readily available online access.”

ConnectKentucky will serve as technical adviser on the project, working with the newly formed nonprofit, the Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Powell Regional Technology Authority (RTA).

“ConnectKentucky is proud to be joining Governor Beshear and the Department for Local Government in the announcement of the ‘Coal to Broadband’ project. This project is going to help bring high-speed Internet service to families and businesses in four counties where it is desperately needed and will play an important role in diversifying the region’s economy,” said René True, Executive Director of ConnectKentucky.

“Providing the tools and resources necessary for all Kentuckians to succeed in this global economy is an utmost priority,” said Commissioner Tony Wilder. “With the enhanced Internet access from the ‘Coal to Broadband’ program, we will not only be providing economic possibilities, but a whole new means by which people can achieve personal growth through increased educational opportunities.”

All four of the grant’s impacted counties are in the bottom 25 counties in Kentucky for broadband availability. Breathitt and Lee counties are the two lowest served counties in the state, both with below 50 percent availability of broadband to the home. What’s more, nearly 7,000 homes in Breathitt, Estill, Lee and Powell counties do not have high-speed Internet available at home.

“Coal to Broadband” will help ensure that these counties move toward more accessible and widespread broadband connections. The program will use multi-county coal severance dollars along with Appalachian Regional Commission funds for an economic development project to bring broadband access to the four county Eastern Kentucky region.

 

THREE Community groups receive aT&t-sponsored COMPUTERS THROUGH cONNECTKENTUCKY PROGRAM

October 5, 2009

C4K and CybersafeKY

 

 (L to R) Rene’ True, executive director of Connect Kentucky; David Couch, Associate Commissioner of the Department of Education; Jack Conway, Kentucky Attorney General; Misty Seitz, Program Coordinator of The Kings Center; Melvin Thomas, KSU Mentoring Program; Sallie Clay Lanham, who serves on the board of directors for The Kings Center; and children from The Kings Center celebrate during an October 5 press conference announcing a AT&T-sponsored computer donation and a new partnership among ConnectKentucky, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office and the Kentucky Department of Education to advance the CyberSafeKY program.

 

Frankfort, KY: Today, during a press conference held at Simon House in Frankfort, ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program donated twenty computers and printers to three community organizations dedicated to educating and protecting Frankfort’s youth and families in crisis. The donations were made possible thanks to a $10,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation.  This is part of a $150,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation that has donated computers to more than twenty nonprofit organizations in Kentucky.

Recipients of today’s donations include:

  • The Kings Center: a nonprofit group that provides educational activities, assistance for underprivileged young people, and community outreach;
  • The Thornhill Center: a nonprofit that helps prepare individuals for GED and college entrance exams and teaches parenting and English classes; and
  • The Simon House: a shelter that offers help to any woman at least eighteen years of age who is pregnant or has children up to the age of twelve. The Simon House provides specific strategies and training designed to develop personal and family stability.

 

Also, during the press conference, Kentucky attorney general Jack Conway and the Kentucky Department of Education announced that ConnectKentucky will be joining their Internet safety partnership, CyberSafeKY. This partnership will be expanding and launching new programs this school year to educate parents and help keep children safe.

The partnership will host two free regional parent workshops to instruct parents about how to use technology and monitor activity on the Internet. The workshops will take place on October 15 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (EDT) at the Hazard Community and Technical College–First Federal Building, Ballroom; and on October 22 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (CDT) at Western Kentucky University–Kentucky Building, Kentucky Room.

To learn more about the October 15 event in Hazard, click here. To learn more about the October 22 even in Bowling Green, click here. To register online for the workshops, click here for Hazard and here for Bowling Green.

To view a video of the CyberSafeKY partnership, click here.

 

Connected Nation submits no bid response for Kentucky broadband mapping RFP

September 1, 2009

Frankfort, KY: Today, Connected Nation, a national nonprofit and parent company of ConnectKentucky, submitted a no bid response to the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology’s request for proposal (RFP) for broadband mapping due to the impracticable timeline set forward in the RFP. The KY RFP for broadband mapping calls for the submission of a substantially complete dataset by November 1, 2009, a full three months earlier than the timeline laid out in the federal guidelines in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program.

 

Supporting Connected Nation, Broadband Leaders across the Nation File Comments with the FCC, NTIA and RUS

April 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC:  In recent submissions to federal government agencies, the work of Connected Nation and its state initiatives prompted more than 70 submissions of support from citizens, businesses, industry and labor organizations, government and community leaders and various public interest groups.  Filings consistently lauded Connected Nation’s public-private partnership model for broadband mapping and sustainable adoption programs as the best path to achieving meaningful results for broadband-based expansion.

ConnectKentucky Hosts Tech Day in Kentucky to Honor Technology in the Commonwealth

February 24, 2009

FRANKFORT, KY – Engaging technology leaders from across the Commonwealth, ConnectKentucky hosted a full day of events to recognize Kentucky’s technology progress and status as a leading broadband state. Throughout the day, roundtables addressed the value of technology to multiple sectors including telework, healthcare, digital citizenship, and education. The roundtables featured the state’s technology leaders in the respective sectors.

TiER1 Performance Solutions Honored for its Use of Broadband to Grow Business

February 24, 2009

FRANKFORT, KY - TiER1 Performance Solutions in Covington started in 2002. Six years later, the technology company has 40 employees and a payroll of $2.6 million. Without broadband, this growth would likely have been impossible.

NKU Technology Student Honored by ConnectKentucky for Database Development

February 24, 2009

FRANKFORT, KY - Bradley Stephens, a technology student from Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics, found a way to use his technology know-how to help thousands of Kentucky children.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Honored for New Agenda for Kentucky project

February 24, 2009

FRANKFORT, KY - In 2007-2008, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce created a New Agenda for Kentucky project to encourage Kentuckians and businesses to look at circumstances in a different way, think creatively about challenges and opportunities and create an energetic, new agenda to move the Commonwealth forward.

Cumberland County High School Student honored for his Technology Workshops and Start-up Business

February 24, 2009

FRANKFORT, KY - As a senior at Cumberland County High School, 17-year-old Dakota Vincent has already found a career in the high-technology world.

Computers 4 Kids Donates Brand New Dell Computers to Clinton County Public Library

February 20, 2009

Albany, KY: Today, Clinton County residents received the news of the donation of new Dell computers to the Clinton County Public Library.  The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program, an innovative program designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth and their families.  This donation was made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).    

Computers 4 Kids Donates Computers to Floyd County Students

February 4, 2009

Prestonsburg, KY: Today at a press conference held at Floyd County Public Library, Floyd County residents and representatives from several organizations received news that they will receive computers from ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program. Working with Brent Graden, the director of economic development in Prestonsburg, C4K will be donating computers to the Floyd County Public Library, Minnie Library, Wheelright Library, the Floyd County School System, and the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center. This contribution will be matched by a donation from the Kentucky Dataseam Initiative. This collaborative contribution is valued at more than $60,000.

Computers 4 Kids Delivers Computer for the Holidays in Hopkinsville

December 12, 2008

Springfield, KY: Today, ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program donated laptops, computers, and printers to Washington County Schools’ Laptop Loan program, DECA Youth Entrepreneurial Program and Mackville Community Development.  Senator Dan Kelly was joined by representatives from AT&T, Inc (NYSE:T), Springfield - Washington County, Kentucky Economic Development Authority, ConnectKentucky and the computer recipients at Washington County High School to celebrate distributions to community organizations.

Computers 4 Kids Delivers Computer for the Holidays in Hopkinsville

December 10, 2008

Hopkinsville, KY: Today, ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program announced the distribution of eighteen computers to two Challenge Houses that provide community outreach to Hopkinsville’s inner-city neighborhoods.  This donation was made possible by a donation from AT&T, Inc (NYSE:T) for computers and technology upgrades to local non-profit agencies that provide after-school programs and services to students in Kentucky.

Computers 4 Kids Donates 128 Computers to Casey County Students

December 3, 2008

Libert, KY: Today, 128 Casey County sixth graders received the news that they will be receiving computers and printers at a press conference held at Walnut Hill Elementary School.  The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program, an innovative program designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth.  This donation was made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Computers 4 Kids Donates 184 Computers to Russell County Students

November 21, 2008

Russell Springs, KY: Today, 184 Russell County sixth graders received the news that they will be receiving computers and printers at a press conference held at Russell Springs Elementary School.  The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program, an innovative program designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth.  This donation was made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).    

Gannett Report: Two Kentucky Libraries Rank High for Internet-Ready Computers

October 8 , 2008

Frankfort, KY — Two Kentucky libraries prove to the nation that they are committed to educating the community and making Internet capable public computers available for their patrons. Gannett News Service Multimedia, the owner of Louisville’s Courier Journal, ranked Pikeville’s Pike County Public Library District and West Liberty’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library seventh and twenty-first, respectively, in the nation based on the number of Internet-capable public computers per 10,000 citizens. These two rural Kentucky library systems compare with the likes of communities in Texas, California and Michigan.

Computers 4 Kids Donates more than 300 Computers to Harlan County Students

September 30 , 2008

Harlan, KY: Today, more than 300 Harlan County sixth graders received the news that they will be receiving computers and printers at a press conference held at Harlan County High School. The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program, an innovative program designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth. This donation was made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Computers 4 Kids Donates 98 Computers to Martin County Students

September 29 , 2008

Warfield, KY: Today, 98 Martin County sixth graders received the news that they will be receiving computers and printers at a press conference held at Warfield Middle School.  The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program, an innovative program designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth.  This donation was made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). 

AT&T DONATES $75,000 TO COMPUTERS 4 KIDS AT LOUISVILLE’S CONNECT! TOUR

August 20 , 2008

Today, AT&T presented a $75,000 check to ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program for computers and technology upgrades to local non-profit agencies that provide after-school programs and services to students in Jefferson County. This is the second donation and serves as a demonstration of AT&T Foundation’s commitment to building a common understanding about the importance and relevance of technology in enhancing excellence in underprivileged populations, enabling individuals to improve their lives through technological exposure all while reinforcing their commitment to education and society.

CONNECTED NATION BRINGS NATIONAL BROADBAND DIALOGUE TO KENTUCKY

August 20 , 2008

Today, the Connect! Tour assembled state telecom leaders, public officials and business leaders to identify opportunities for extending Kentucky’s recent broadband gains and nationally-recognized broadband leadership position. The Connect! Tour is a national effort coordinated jointly by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Connected Nation, the parent company of ConnectKentucky, and sponsored locally by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Greater Louisville, Inc. to promote the importance and benefits of broadband and related technologies. The Louisville event is one of a series of regional dialogues to be held across the United States.

WALL STREET JOURNAL PROFILES KENTUCKY’S GLOBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP

August 12 , 2008

The Wall Street Journal recently recognized Kentucky as one of the world’s seven outstanding economic development leaders, highlighting the efforts of ConnectKentucky to bring high speed Internet (broadband) benefits to every Kentuckian.   Featured in the Journal’s Special Report on economic development, the article highlights the dramatic impact that technology growth has had on the lives of millions of Kentuckians as the cooperative effort has created an innovative environment for job growth, healthcare improvements, better education and improved quality of life. The story illustrates the all-inclusive nature of ConnectKentucky’s efforts through the story of local citizens and businesses who joined together to bring broadband and jobs to rural Pendleton County. 

No CHild left offline and duke energy donate technology to thomas edison elementary School

May 21 , 2008

Today, Thomas Edison Elementary School’s Family Resource Center received laptops, printers and audio-visual equipment to better support school students and families.   The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline® (NCLO) program, an innovative initiative designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth, and a donation by Duke Energy Corporation, a leading energy company focused on electric power and gas distribution operations, and other energy services in the Americas.

No CHild left offline Donates 202 computers to bell county students

May 2 , 2008

202 Bell County sixth graders received the news that they will be receiving computers and printers at a ceremony held at Yellow Creek School Center.  The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline (NCLO) program, an innovative program designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth.  This donation was made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). 

Photo of Jack Mortimer, Government Technology; Brent Graden, City of Prestonsburg; Rene True, ConnectKentucky; and Stephen Dooley, Commonwealth Office of TechnologyGOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY MAGAZINE HONORS PRESTONSBURG WIRELESS NETWORK

April 30 , 2008

The city of Prestonsburg was recently awarded Most Innovative Use of Technology for Local Government during the Kentucky Digital Government Summit. Hosted by Government Technology Magazine, the Summit recognized the city’s wireless mesh network during the Best of Kentucky Awards.

CONNECTKENTUCKY REMAINS DEDICATED TO TECHNOLOGY EXPANSION FOR ALL kENTUCKIANS

April 16 , 2008

ConnectKentucky remains dedicated to the idea that all Kentuckians can realize the promise of expanded technology for the sake of new economic opportunities, enhanced education and health services, among other community-related and quality of life benefits. During tough economic times, technology can help deliver the best of two worlds - improved services and expanded opportunities available in ways that save time and money.

CONNECTKENTUCKY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FEATURING BROADBAND SPEED TEST

March 31 , 2008

ConnectKentucky launched a new website to better serve the needs of Kentuckians, broadband providers and others interested in learning more about broadband efforts in Kentucky. Through a collective effort between SpeedTest.net, the Communications Workers of America’s (CWA) Speed Matters Campaign and ConnectKentucky, the new website features a speed test designed to collect average download and upload speeds across Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE NON-PROFITS RECEIVE COMPUTER DONATIONS

March 28 , 2008

ConnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline® (NCLO) program announced the distribution of more computers to non-profit agencies that provide after-school programs to children in Jefferson County. Last year, NCLO delivered nearly $50,000 worth of new computers, laptops, printers and other technologies to several agencies in Louisville. Representatives from AT&T, Louisville Metro Council and ConnectKentucky were joined in the celebration by students, staff and members of the communities at Boys Haven. In addition to Boy’s Haven, computers and equipment will also be delivered to All Care Community Center, South West YMCA, The Lighthouse and the Cabbage Patch Settlement Home. Each organization will make this technology available to the underserved community of Jefferson County.

CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN BROADBAND ADOPTION COULD TOTAL $1.5 BILLION

February 26, 2008

Continued investment in programs that expand broadband adoption could translate to an economic impact totaling $1.5 billion in Kentucky. The impact includes healthcare savings, creation and retention of jobs, value of time saved and offset of reduced carbon emissions. Kentucky’s potential for economic gain continues to drive the need for programs to expand broadband adoption.

CONNECTKENTUCKY RECOGNIZED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC TECHNOLOGY

February 19, 2008

A ceremony was held at Adkins-Caudill Performing Arts Center celebrating the donation of 71 computers to Elliott County 6th graders. The computers were donated through CWashington, D.C.: ConnectKentucky was recently honored with the 2008 Susan G. Hadden Pioneer Award presented by the Alliance for Public Technology (APT). The award was presented during the APT 2008 awards luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Hadden Award honors individuals and organizations which, like the award’s namesake, advocate for widespread public access to advanced telecommunications. Until her passing in 1995, Dr. Hadden dedicated her career to the principle of “connecting each to all,” defining a national vision for technology access. APT has presented the awards annually for 12 years.onnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline (NCLO) program, an innovative initiative designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth.

NO CHILD LEFT OFFLINE DONATES 71 COMPUTERS TO ELLIOTT COUNTY STUDENTS

February 11, 2008

A ceremony was held at Adkins-Caudill Performing Arts Center celebrating the donation of 71 computers to Elliott County 6th graders. The computers were donated through ConnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline (NCLO) program, an innovative initiative designed to help close the digital divide among Kentucky’s youth.

ConnectKentucky Momentum Grows: New Executive Director Named

Monday, December 3, 2007

Efforts led by the Kentucky non-profit ConnectKentucky are garnering unprecedented success in broadband (high speed Internet) deployment and technology advancement. Utilizing what is becoming known as the Connected Nation model for technology expansion, ConnectKentucky has helped the Commonwealth become a national leader in technology adoption and planning, as recently cited in publications including The Economist, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Connectkentucky Success Spurs Growth

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Since the launch of Kentucky’s Prescription for Innovation in late 2004, ConnectKentucky has facilitated efforts garnering unprecedented success in broadband deployment and technology advancement. Utilizing what is becoming known as the Connected Nation model for technology expansion, ConnectKentucky has helped the Commonwealth become a national leader in technology adoption and planning with a #1 ranking for growth in broadband technology.

Ivy League Study Ranks Kentucky Near Top In Governmental Use Of Technology

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Governor Ernie Fletcher’s initiative to bring Kentucky state government into the digital age has been singled out for honors in an Ivy League study.

U.S. Congress Proposes National Technology Effort To Model Kentucky Innovation

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The United States Congress has numerous efforts underway to establish a national initiative to replicate Kentucky’s nation-leading technology development success that has resulted from ConnectKentucky’s implementation of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Prescription for Innovation.

Results Validate Connectkentucky As Model For Technology Growth

Monday, April 23, 2007

National Leaders to Promote Kentucky as Model for a “Connected Nation." Kentucky’s growth rate for jobs in the Information Technology (IT) sector over the last two years outpaced that of the national average, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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