Technology Development

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Communication Tower

We strive to facilitate the cooperative development of technology for residents in the HARBOR, Inc. service area that are un-served or underserved.

Local Broadband Solutions for the Greater Harbor Springs Area: A Community Approach

HARBOR, Inc. Broadband Team and the Community Engagement Program

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HARBOR, Inc Broadband Team meeting

The HARBOR, Inc. Broadband Team meets regularly to coordinate efforts and to implement the Community Technology Action Plan through Connect Michigan’s Community Engagement Program.

Through this initiative, Connected Michigan works with the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWCOG), Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), and HARBOR, Inc. to develop and implement effective strategies for technology ACCESS, ADOPTION and USAGE in Michigan and the Harbor Springs area in particular. Connected Michigan and the HARBOR, Inc Broadband Team will accelerate the availability and use of technology toward creating a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, enhanced education, and more efficient government operations.

The Connect Michigan website including service providers and interactive maps may be accessed at:

http://www.connectmi.org/

HARBOR, Inc. Community Technology Action Plan

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Community Technology Action Plan released on April 11th, 2013

Facilitating the expansion of reliable, affordable high speed internet to residents, businesses, and visitors to the HARBOR, Inc. service area that are currently unserved or underserved is a long-time initiative of HARBOR, Inc. A small subcommittee has been meeting over the past few years to work on the initiative, and most recently has been working with a larger, regional Broadband Team to facilitate the process through the Connect Michigan Community Engagement Program. The Community Technology Action Plan is now available below or as a hard copy by contacting HARBOR, Inc. staff.  In moving forward with the many goals and recommended actions, HARBOR, Inc. will implement the Plan over the next 5-10 years. Please refer to the Team project and project related documents listed below.

 

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HARBOR, Inc. Area Internet Services Survey

An internet services survey was mailed in July 2012 to approximately 6300 addresses, comprising all of the property owners/residents in the HARBOR, Inc. service area with the exception of the City of Harbor Springs. The survey gauges area resident's current service needs, interest in high speed Internet service, and willingness to pay for services. Our intent is to attract more service providers to the unserved and under-served area by identifying the potential customer base. The results may also be accessed below.

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HarborActive:Digital Literacy for the Community

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HarborActive is the brainchild of Rachel Smolinski of HARBOR, Inc. and Marcie Wolf of Abuzz Creative to provide lifelong learning to the community. HarborActive seminars are the preferred option for Northern Michigan professionals and residents who desire a more personal and interactive learning experience.

HarborActive will help the Harbor Springs, Michigan community embrace the use of technology by providing the tools necessary to cross the digital divide. We believe in lifelong learning!

Please visit our website to learn more or to register for a class.

http://www.harboractive.com/