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Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future. Pamela D. Gibson Alinda T. Uzel. CDS 38 th Annual Conference Communities That Click:  Individuals, Families and Organizations Working Together June 25-28, 2006 St. Louis, MO. A Partnership.

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Getting rural va connected a vision for the future

Getting Rural VA Connected:A Vision for the Future

Pamela D. Gibson Alinda T. Uzel

CDS 38th Annual Conference

Communities That Click:  Individuals, Families and Organizations Working TogetherJune 25-28, 2006St. Louis, MO


A partnership
A Partnership

  • Technical Opportunities Program (TOP): US Department of Commerce

  • Virginia Cooperative Extension

  • The Electronic Village of Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia (BEV)

  • Seven rural counties across the Commonwealth of Virginia

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Counties involved
Counties involved

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


A multi faceted process
A Multi-faceted process

  • Grassroots community planning and visioning (Take Charge)

  • Train local and area Extension agents

  • Organize citizen teams

  • Technology training and development for citizens and local leaders

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


The community network
The Community Network

  • Community Web site designed with assistance from BEV

  • Civic groups and micro-businesses given opportunity for their own, fully-featured Web sites

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Fully-featured Web sites

  • E-mail accounts and mailing lists

  • Discussion forums for civic discussions

  • Interactive calendars

  • Interactive directories for business, civic groups, and the arts

  • Virtual business incubator program for home-based and small businesses

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Virtual business incubator
Virtual Business Incubator

  • Web site

  • Two permanent email addresses for group use and web mail access

  • A broadcast mailing list

  • Web Builder

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Technology assessments and master plans
Technology Assessments and Master Plans

  • Assessment based on the Computer System Policy Project (CSPP) Readiness guide

  • Identified needs and goals

  • Identified technology solutions alternatives

  • Recommended solutions that appear to be most applicable

  • http://top.bev.net/tamp

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


King and queen county va a community that clicks
King and Queen County, VA A Community that Clicks

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


King queen county va
King & Queen County, VA

  • 100% Rural

  • No organized towns or cities

  • No main source of information – long standing identified problem

  • Lacking infrastructure for development

    • Only Wells and Septic Systems

    • Terrain not conducive to efficient wireless

    • Majority of county isolated geographically

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Putting it in place locally
Putting it in place - locally

  • Pre-Promotion

    • News articles

    • Flyers

    • Handouts

    • Letters & Inserts

  • Community Meetings

  • Recruitment

  • Feedback

  • More Community Meetings

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future



What has this meant to king queen
What has this meant to King & Queen?

  • Community Working toward a Common Vision

    • Encouragement

    • Communication

    • Community Service

    • Economic Development

    • Support for local Businesses – “Keep Our $$$ in the County”

    • School Involvement (The Tiger Trail)

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Meaning continued
Meaning, continued…

  • Development of new businesses

    • Partnering with Regional Agencies

      • Agri-Tourism Conference

      • Workshops on Developing a Business Plan and Marketing

    • This year alone

      • Favor Farm

      • Courthouse Market and Deli

      • Creative Designs

      • Trail Webber

      • A Special Occasion

      • MOST RECENT – opportunity to work with the RappahannockIndian Tribe to develop a clean business to support the building of a conference center, museum and Native American Village experience for tourists.

  • More Positive Attitude and Outlook

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Building on strengths in king queen
Building on Strengths in King & Queen

  • Pristine rural nature

  • Support for schools

  • Strong Church Community

  • Agriculture basis for Economy

  • Natural Resources

    • Rivers

    • Dragon Run Swamp

    • Native American Cultural Center

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Continuing the connections
Continuing the Connections

  • Increased citizen participation

  • Home-based and small business start-ups

  • Additional sites

  • Health and Legal Resources added to existing sites

  • Local Economic growth through support for local business

    • Develop agri-tourism

    • Home-based and Micro-business

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Maintaining the momentum
Maintaining the Momentum…

  • Consistent, Continuous Promotion

  • Funding to develop infrastructure

  • Helping local government officials to understand how this can impact economic development from within

  • Attracting “new blood” to the process

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


Connected to each other connected to the world

Buena Vista

Shanghai

Newtown

St. Stephens

Stevensville

Connected to each other… Connected to theWORLD!!!

We invite you to“CLICK ON”

www.kqinfotrail.net

and “visit” this unique community resource!!!

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


For more information contact
For more information, contact:

Getting Rural VA Connected: A Vision for the Future


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