Category Archives: technology

Prepare to be Googled

I had a conversation a few days ago with an economic development professional about using technology to promote our communities and to help our businesses connect to customers.  She reminded me of an important point — it is not so … Continue reading

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Broadband Access Survey

Due to the importance of this initiative in our expanding broadband availability and technology utilization, I would like to remind everyone in Tennessee to complete the Statewide  Assessment of Broadband Access and Usage in Tennessee. Tennessee Department of Economic and … Continue reading

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Site Selection Analysis – It’s not darts thrown at a map

“New Google Project Tango Technology Will Change Site Selection Analysis” from the GISPlanning blog is an interesting preview of new technology utilization in economic development. If I had not spent way too much time last week getting remote access to … Continue reading

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Broadband in rural and underserved areas a focus in some places

Other states look to expand broadband speed and access: “Kentucky to spend $100 million to expand broadband; Minnesota state senator calls for expansion there“.

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Ricky didn’t lose her number, Jenny’s number remains 615-867-5309.

The decision has been made, everyone who has a 615 area code telephone number will keep it.  In a few months, new numbers issued in the Nashville area that includes Cheatham County will have a 629 area code.  The area … Continue reading

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The names were changed, but they continue to develop a workforce trained in today’s technology skillsets

The state’s workforce training schools, vocational technical schools for adults and formerly  known as Tennessee Technology Centers, were renamed Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology on July 1, 2013. The name change more accurately reflects the post-secondary training provided at the … Continue reading

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Economic Development Blog Posts – from many, one.

I was looking through my bookmarks of rural economic development blogs and was struck by how many either didn’t exist anymore or had not been updated in many months.  This made me decide to spend some time searching for some … Continue reading

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Giving them more than the Angry Birds?

“Mobile App or Mobile Website. What Does a Small Rural Business Need?” on the RuralTourismMarketing blog was particularly timely to me.  I’ve been researching mobile apps and decided it’s time to add that to my toolbox.  It is hard to believe that wired … Continue reading

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Nevada to introduce smartphone app for rural tourism

What a great idea! The app is specifically designed to continue to work in rural areas that may not have the best cellular data availability.  According to the article “App Will help travelers explore Nevada’s rural attractions” on VegasINC.com, “…. … Continue reading

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Technology Tools for Economic Developers at IEDC Annual Conference

Join Janet Fritz, Dean Whitaker, Russ Riblett and me for the session “Technology Tools for Economic Developers” at the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Houston on October 2nd. It will be educational and maybe even entertaining. A teaser — … Continue reading

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New address, or changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes

I have been stretching the envelope of my technical expertise doing some major changes to my website. If they offered a Rosetta Stone package for hypertext markup language, I would have purchased it.  Other than some periods of disruptions last night … Continue reading

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2012 International Economic Development Council Annual Conference

I accepted an invitation this week to speak at the 2012 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Houston on October 2nd.  I will be one of the speakers in the session “Technology Tools for Economic Developers”.  Hickman County … Continue reading

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Wonder if they have “app”le pie a’ la modem?

“Study: Wireless technology use surges” in The Murfreesboro Post reports small business in Tennessee can turn technology into better business.

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Using QR Codes in Economic Development

For the slides and the supplemental information from my presentation Using QR Codes in Economic Development that was part of the Ignite IEDC session of the 2012 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Leadership Summit in San Antonio on January 30th, you … Continue reading

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Posted by a PC person

“THE COUNTRY’S PROBLEM IN A NUTSHELL: Apple’s Huge New Data Center In North  Carolina Created Only 50 Jobs” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-new-data-center-north-carolina-created-50-jobs-2011-11#ixzz1fiqC7ZTs

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The Social Network

This is my 670th blog post. A little over 3 1/2 years ago, I began this blog with the post, “Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association“. That was less than a year after Facebook was opened to everyone. Less … Continue reading

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Introspection on Innovation

“When Factories Vanish, So Can Innovators,” NYTimes.com “We want those factory jobs back that we’ve lost,” is a statement I hear a lot that I am reminded of in reading the above article. The article talks about ‘innovators’ in the … Continue reading

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Rural Broadband: I need it to search Wikipedia for "multinomial logistic regression"

The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) recently released a report, Broadband Internet’s Value for Rural America, that you might find interesting. “As broadband—or high-speed—Internet use has spread, Internet applications requiring high transmission speeds have become … Continue reading

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Another look at technology utilization

With broadband penetration slowly increasing in Hickman County and other rural areas, it might be time to explore an increase in technology utilization. In a recent New York Times article, “The PC Doesn’t Have to Be and Anchor“, the decrease … Continue reading

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Improved Cellular Phone and Wireless Internet Service

The East Hickman area (Lyles, Bon Aqua, Wrigley) has just benefited from infrastructure upgrades that have greatly improved cellular phone and wireless internet coverage. Our eCommunity Leadership Team, associated with Connected Tennessee, have been working on raising awareness of the … Continue reading

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eCommunity Leadership Team Meeting

The Hickman County eCommunity Leadership Team will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th at East Hickman High School. The Connected Hickman County Strategic Technology Plan that we have been working on will be presented and discussed. This … Continue reading

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Success Story Featured in Wall Street Journal

One of seven economic development success stories featured in The Wall Street Journal online was a story that appeared in print on July 28th, titled Faster and Stronger about ConnectKentucky’s success in helping that state’s economic development by increasing broadband … Continue reading

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