Hoosier Fiber Networks, GigabitNow, and City Provide Update on High-Speed Fiber Project
WHAT: Join Mayor John Hamilton and representatives from Hoosier Fiber Networks and GigabitNow in the South Griffy neighborhood (https://bton.in/4mU-Y) for exciting updates on the high-speed fiber project. Construction of the new city-wide network first began in the South Griffy neighborhood in late 2022. GigabitNow will soon begin offering service to homes physically connected to the network and continue as construction progresses throughout the city.
The City of Bloomington and Hoosier Fiber Network’s groundbreaking digital equity program, one of the most innovative broadband public-private collaborations in the country, will help low-income and digitally-disadvantaged households access top-quality internet services. Eligible low-income residents may qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Plan (ACP) to receive at least a symmetrical 250 megabits per second (Mbps) plan at reduced -- or no cost to the user if ACP is applied. The City and Hoosier Fiber Networks will together provide the “drop” connection to qualifying households.
WHO: Remarks from Mayor John Hamilton, Bloomington Housing Authority Administrator Leon Gordon, Hoosier Fiber Networks CEO Clint Wiley, and GigabitNow CEO/CTO Stephen Milton will address network progress, digital equity, and next steps.
WFIU/WTIU News will host a live debate with the three Democrats running for Bloomington mayor in the May primary: Kerry Thomson, Susan Sandberg, and Don Griffin.
The 2023 Democratic Mayoral Primary Debate will air Thursday, April 13 at 8 p.m. on WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television. Indiana Newsdesk anchor Joe Hren will moderate. A live stream of the debate will also be available at indianapublicmedia.org.
Thomson is the executive director of Indiana University’s Center for Rural Engagement and the former CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.
Join Hurlow Wealth Management Group for our quarterly Women’s Book Club -Women, Wine and Wisdom as we read “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. We’ll get together for an in-depth discussion on Monday, May 15 from 5-7pm with wine and Hors D’oeuvres. *Note: Reading the book is optional but encouraged. Registration is required and friends are welcome. Please email Theresa Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you would like to reserve a copy of the book.
Date: Monday, May 15
Time: 5-7pm EST
To register for this event, visit https://hurlowwealth.com/events
Hurlow Wealth Management Group, Inc. is a Registered Investment Adviser. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Hurlow Wealth Management Group, Inc. and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is accepting applications for the fall 2023 Entrepreneurship Certificate program, which helps students start and run their businesses in just three classes. Current student, Amber Racoma, started Mama Dukes Hawaiian Barbeque with her late mother’s recipes that she began learning as a teenager.
“I cook and serve Hawaiian barbecue food that the locals in Hawaii love to eat with aloha,” she said. “I quit my full-time job in September 2022 to pursue mine and mother’s dream.”
Racoma says the entrepreneurship program has helped her in numerous ways. “This course has provided me so many resources and tools to get my business launched,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting any of this, nor to launch until May.”
rScan, Software for Selling Returns Online, Wins 2023 Crossroads Collegiate Pitch Competition
The Mill, Bloomington’s center for entrepreneurship, announced today that rScan won the 2023 Crossroads Collegiate Pitch Competition. Co-founders Rod Baradaran and Dmitri Brown took home a $2,500 investment from Flywheel Fund and access to their network of investors and mentors.
rScan’s app simplifies the process of selling returned merchandise online. One of three products purchased online is returned, CEO Baradaran explained in the winning pitch. Retailers accumulate pallets of returns and sell 75% of it for pennies on the dollars. rScan’s technology cuts the time to post an item for sale from 30 minutes to under two, thus making it easier for members of the general public with extra storage space to participate in the $800 billion resale market. CTO Brown explained that the technology behind the app scans the UPC code, then uses a reverse lookup algorithm to gather detailed product information, which can then be customized. The product also includes a custom returns ERP system and uses a neural network algorithm to generate price comparisons.
“The Crossroads Collegiate program was a wonderful experience that brought together driven college entrepreneurs with exciting new ideas,” said Baradaran, a graduate student in the MBA program at Indiana University. “Winning the pitch competition is a great achievement for us and it provides a validation of the hard work that we have put into developing rScan. We will be using the prize money to expand our user base and add great new features that will take our app to the next level of success!”
“Madeleines” is about a family of Jewish women finding ways to love each other through shared grief and the solace of baking. Spiced with poetry, Yiddish and Spanish, “Madeleines” centers on a recipe for the French teacakes, Madeleines. Two sisters, in the wake of their mother’s death, discover a heart-wrenching family secret embedded in the recipe. "Madeleines" is by Bess Welden, Winner of the 2022 National Jewish Playwriting contest.
May 4, 6,11, 13 at 7:30 P.M.
May 7 at 3:00 P.M.
Waldron’s Rose Firebay
Jolene Mentink Moffat *
(*Member of Actor’s Equity)
Directed by: Francesca Sobrer
Tickets are available in person through the Bloom Box Office at 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue. $30, General Admission $5 discount per ticket available with a purchase of 10 or more tickets. Please use discount code: GROUP
To purchase tickets online, please use the link below: https://buskirkchumley.org/event/madeleines_/
To learn more, visit the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington website at: https://www.jewishtheatrebloomington.com/team-3
The new issue of Bloom Magazine will be released on April 4 with two important, local features:
Homelessness in Bloomington
There are a number of misperceptions about Bloomington’s homeless population. What is true and what steps are being taken to help?
Where to Get the News
The shifting landscape of local news sources leaves our community at risk. What caused the present situation, and where can we turn to stay informed
Kirkwood Management would like to offer Chamber members that would like to set a table up on August 16th to advertise their business to their move ins. If a Chamber member has a product or service that would be of interest to Students of IU, Kirkwood Management would like to offer the opportunity to set up a table during the move in times. There are a lot of parents that are there from out of town helping on move in day.
It would be free to bring a table and set up, just need to have someone there to man the table and to answer questions. With this being an outside event, bringing a tent is recommended. The office number to sign up is 812.822.0079 or email Tammie Poe at email@example.com.
Register your details for the Mental Health 101 Training at Bloomington City Hall, in City Council Chambers, on April 20th, 1-5pm on this Google Form. This training will be lead by Centerstone staff member Kelly Benedict.
This training is to assist community members and business leaders to increase awareness of mental health conditions and ways to respond with support.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Mental Health 101
- This section provides a description of mental health conditions and ways to provide support.
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer
- This section provides proven Suicide Prevention Training
If you have questions about this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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