Manchester is now one of just several cities in Iowa to be named a Certified Connected Community. What does that mean exactly? It means Manchester has come up with a technology action plan aimed at bridging technology gaps. Manchester community leaders – including school, hospital, city, and county officials – have been working since last summer with Connect Iowa on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals to increase broadband access and use for families, organizations and businesses throughout the community. Manchester City Manager Tim Vick, who was involved with the effort, says it’s been an eye-opening experience.
Delaware County Economic Development Director Donna Boss was a leader in this local effort. Boss says becoming a Certified Connected Community will allow Manchester to improve its access to faster and better broadband service and coverage. She says rural areas are just as deserving of that kind of service as urban areas… As farmers, she and her husband Todd use the internet daily.
And Boss says they hope to expand this effort beyond Manchester.
Local officials gathered with legislative leaders and Connect Iowa representatives for a special certification ceremony Friday at Fireside in Manchester. Manchester is the 13th community to hold a certification ceremony – and the only community in this area. (Photos by News Director Janelle Tucker)