Smithville recognized as national leader during a “pivotal moment in broadband history”: Smithville recognized nationally for deploying fiber networks that transform local economies and improve communities’ quality of life, and for committing to i
In a time described as a “pivotal moment in broadband history,” Smithville received national recognition as a leading broadband enterprise as one of America’s top 100 national broadband companies, according to Sean Buckley, editor-in-chief of Broadband Communities magazine.
“Smithville was selected for this national recognition in part because of its continued commitment to finding creative solutions to expand broadband service, especially in underserved rural areas of Indiana,” said Buckley. “As the Rural Broadband Association noted, the industry is on the precipice of ‘once-in-a-generation funding,’ and Smithville demonstrated through past performance that it is well-equipped to take advantage of this new opportunity for the people, businesses and institutions of Indiana.”
Buckley noted that standards are high for selection in the top 100. Requirements to be selected in the intense annual competition include deploying networks, services and products that are intended to transform local economies or improve communities’ quality of life and for introducing advanced technologies with “game-changing potential,” including “exceptional service quality and standards.”
The 2022 selection of Smithville represents the 14th consecutive time the company has been recognized with this national honor, the only Indiana-based company so named.
Indiana Tech Company Continues Award-Winning Streak: Matrix Integration Applauds Staff, Engineers for IT Success
As local businesses again faced a tough year, Matrix Integration, an IT solutions and managed service provider for more than 1,000 businesses in Indiana, Kentucky and beyond, earned multiple national and local technology awards for their IT partnerships and innovation for their clients. The multiple companywide and individual awards are no surprise to leaders at Matrix, who know that the strategic thinking and innovation of their staff and engineers are the reasons for the company’s success.
“IT challenges continue to mount for our clients, from cybersecurity issues to increasing bandwidth and connectivity needs,” said Nathan Stallings, president of Matrix. “This year our staff really met those challenges head-on. We focused on developing customized plans and even creating new tools to help our clients with their specific needs, and our engineers worked tirelessly to come up with inventive solutions.”
Check out our Fall line up of IN-PERSON digital literacy programs. Please share the schedule (attached flyer attached) with your community.
Preparing for a Zoom Interview
September 7 & 8 | 7-8:30 PM
Preparation for virtual interviews, including testing your equipment, selecting background choices, interview research and preparation, and
dress code for an online interview. Register online
October 12 & 13 | 7-8:30 PM
Practice basic computer operations and troubleshooting for Microsoft Windows. This introductory course will provide an overview of email,
word processing and spreadsheets. Register online
November 16 & 17 | 7-8:30 PM
Practice entering data and performing calculations in this introductory course on spreadsheets. Register online
Tech Tools for Business
December 7 & 8 | 7-8:30 PMLearn about tools to improve organization, communication, and efficiency:
overview of products including Microsoft, Google, Hubspot and Mailchimp. Register online
For more information about adult literacy and English language programs, visit www.mcpl.info/vital
Community Partners and Leaders –
The Herald-Times recently published an online article with the headline, “IU Health Bloomington has lost a stroke certification. What that means for patients.” That headline was irresponsible and harmful to the patients seeking care in the South Central Region. Nothing has changed regarding the excellent and timely way we care for our stroke patients.
Like other organizations in our great community, the exaggeration and inaccuracies that have become commonplace in our national and now local news create mistrust and harm relationships among those who seek to do good in the lives of others.
IU Health Bloomington did not ‘lose’ a certification; we chose not to renew the voluntary certification as the certification application and process came during the most significant surge in the pandemic. Anything stated to the contrary is untrue.
During the course, you will work in a small group on a project that addresses a community need or opportunity. Past LBMC projects include community events supporting the arts, literacy, and community health; strategic plans for nonprofit organizations; youth education initiatives; and infrastructure improvements. If you’ve heard of Jordy the CASA Courthouse dog, the Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville, the New Philanthropists, or B is for Bloomington, you are familiar with a LBMC project. The projects are group-directed and fostered throughout the program.
You will learn leadership skills directly applicable to both your career and your community involvement as you interact with local experts and your classmates. The “classroom” is the community itself, and the instructors are IU faculty members and business, not-for-profit, and government leaders who place local issues into context. Through interactive learning, you will acquire specific leadership skills, such as effective listening, problem solving, team building, and networking. Each session takes place at a site related to the day’s topic. Topics focus on aspects of community life: economic foundations, education, government, healthcare, and media communication, among others. Applications are due September 9th!
Learn more and apply at https://leadershipbloomington.com/lead/
FEMA National Preparedness Month Reminds Property Owners that Disaster Prep Can Help Prevent Loss: Local SERVPRO storm damage mitigation specialist spotlights resources designed to help home and business owners weather the unexpected
This year the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging home and business owners to think of disaster preparedness to help protect their families and the legacies they have worked so hard to create.1 FEMA designates each September as National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare or review your family and business emergency plans for surviving and then managing the aftermath of an unexpected disaster.
"As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, and storm response, SERVPRO understands the importance of preparation before disaster strikes," says disaster mitigation specialist Ryan Wolfe of SERVPRO® of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos.. "SERVPRO employs a full-time meteorologist and uses a cutting-edge geographic information system to provide each SERVPRO franchise with real-time, location-based insight on where storms are likely to hit and what kind of damage they could inflict. Since time is of the essence in limiting or preventing damage to properties after a flood, this advance, predictive intelligence can accelerate response time, making the difference between an inconvenience and a total loss for our SERVPRO customers."
Indiana University Athletic Department presents the Name Image and Likeness Community Connect Local Business Mixer Event
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