Economic Development

Services: Economic Development Organizations

Contact: Kathy Annette, President/CEO

Address: 100 N Pokegama Ave , Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Phone: 218.326.0523

Email: info@blandinfoundation.org

Description:

Blandin Foundation stands with Minnesota’s rural leaders and communities as they create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected. Abundant and robust access to the Internet (broadband), and the digital literacy skills necessary to take full advantage of this access, are essential as communities seek to compete and thrive in a digitally-connected world.

Since making rural broadband use and access a focus in 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with leaders in more than 70 communities and 110 organizations across the state. Two objectives are at the core of the hundreds of project that have emerged from this work:

Sustainable broadband adoption
Enriched quality of life and place

Through the Blandin Community Broadband Program, the foundation extends its focus through 2017 with up to $1.5 million in grants and technical support available to rural Minnesota communities.

Blandin Foundation serves the Northland, Arrowhead, Duluth MN Superior WI MSA, Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis county areas.