Networks and resources essential to daily life
A truly vibrant community will be the one where every member has both options for their life and the ability to pursue those paths to their fullest end. Successful, healthy communities identify and categorize the interventions required to move a community in that direction.
A healthy community is a place to live where all people can meet their needs: economic, social, physical, cultural, and spiritual. Communities define and design solutions that most effectively address their unique opportunities and leverage the available resources.
Infrastructure and Services
Communities have the quality, quantity of and provide access to services that sustain quality living conditions, and support a network of services to meet residents’ needs.
Broadband Adoption and Use
We believe encouraging more, and more sophisticated use of high-speed Internet is critical for increasing the vitality of Minnesota's rural communities.
Impact of CAF II-funded Networks
Report of Lessons From Two Rural Minnesota Exchanges Left Underserved
Measuring Impact of Broadband in 5 Rural MN Communities
Access to, and use of, high-speed Internet is critical for today’s communities. Across rural Minnesota are stories of communities putting in the hard work necessary to bring the benefits of broadband home. These stories illustrate the impact that broadband investment can have on a community’s vibrancy. Blandin Foundation commissioned Ann Treacy of Treacy Information Services and Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors to look at five counties well served with broadband – Beltrami County, Crow Wing County, Goodhue County, Lake County, and Sibley County. The purpose of these case studies, published in October 2017, is to determine the value of that broadband based on impact to the members of that community.
Spirituality and Wellness
Healthy communities recognize that people do best when they are sound in body, healthy in mind, and grounded in values that direct their lives.
All ages have access to educational opportunities that enable them to participate in and contribute to community life to the fullest extent of their potential. Learning is seen as a means to help people be productive members of community, and emphasizes the need for a variety of educational opportunities.
Invest Early ™
A decade-plus investment in early childhood programming for at-risk children and their families in the Itasca area