The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) recognized individuals and organizations in Utah, including Kelleigh Cole’s excellence within the Utah’s Broadband Outreach Center, for a Geospatial Excellence Award. Continue reading
For February’s Map of the Month, we take a look at broadband infrastructure along the Point of the Mountain. Following the decision to relocate the Utah State Prison, new coordinated efforts are taking place to create a comprehensive and strategic development plan for the area stretching south from Sandy through Lehi to Saratoga Springs. Continue reading
The 2016 Broadband Tech Summit will be held on November 9th in Salt Lake City. The summit will take place at the Falls Event Center in Historic Trolley Square. In keeping with the high quality of previous Annual Summits, this year’s summit will feature presentations from industry champions, policy insiders, and local broadband stakeholders. Continue reading
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has recognized Utah as an “Innovation Champion.” This designation was given to Utah and 12 other states showing strength in 10 competencies necessary for technology innovation. Utah is one of five states to be given top marks for its fast Internet speeds, and earned the highest grade in the West with an A-. Continue reading
The 10th Anniversary of the Utah Economic Summit will take place April 15, 2016 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Governor Herbert announced the event’s theme, Innovate Utah!, and praised the local economy, saying, “New ideas and a strong entrepreneurial spirit help Utah’s economy stand out, but it’s collaboration that helps it truly succeed. The summit provides an opportunity both for learning and creating connections and partnerships across industries and interests.”
Since its inception in April 2012, over 40 maps have been published in the Utah Broadband Outreach Center‘s Map of the Month series. And, that’s in addition to the BOC’s mainstay maps like the residential broadband service map and locate.utah.gov, the commercial fiber availability map. For this end of the year addition to the MOTM series, we have reorganized BOC maps and map apps into an all-in-one online map gallery. The gallery presents overview graphics and text descriptions for each map. Continue reading
This month the Broadband Outreach Center added Utah Enterprise Zones to the Economic Development map (locate.utah.gov), the Center’s commercial broadband map application. Locate.utah.gov is a tool that helps businesses find the critical information they need to make site selection decisions. The site allows users to explore the state’s broadband availability, utility information, transportation, workforce and lifestyle features. Continue reading
Governor Gary R. Herbert has selected Val Hale as the new executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Most recently, Hale served as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, which represents local businesses and has been located in a region of economic growth in the information and technology sector for the past several years. Continue reading
Just like businesses, government agencies like the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) have joined a variety of social media networks utilizing these platforms to connect and keep the public informed about news, incentives, international trade missions and business in Utah. GOED most recently joined social media networks, Linkedin and Google+.
In fact, online users spend an estimated 27 percent of their time on social media engaging with government agencies, businesses and one another. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Youtube are allowing these organizations to connect with consumers in a targeted and effective way and have made an online social media presence vital to any businesses’ success.
As more consumers search online for products and services they need, they are also connecting with causes, news outlets and government agencies in all new ways. Nonprofits and their government counterparts are learning that engaging in these 21st century mediums allows them the same advantages of businesses, often without the transaction at the end of the interaction.
However, without a powerful enough connection to the Internet none of these connections can exist. Broadband access allows consumers, businesses, and policymakers to connect at speeds and reliability that make these relationships real.
On October 24th, the power of social media and broadband will be discussed at the 2013 Broadband Tech Summit. Sessions cover a variety of topics including how public information officers are using social media to inform the public during emergencies and how communities can utilize social media to attract visitors. A full agenda can be found on our website.