Building Information Age
Community Information Technology
The Building Information Age
Communities: Community Information Technology
Planning Workbook simplifies the IT planning process and includes
worksheets to guide planning efforts through every step of the IT
planning process. The workbook was cooperatively developed by
the Nebraska Information Technology Commission and the University of
Nebraska's Technologies Across Nebraska initiative to help rural
communities utilize information technology to enhance economic
The Community IT Planning Workbook was
pilot tested by eight community and regional committees participating
in Technologies Across Nebraska's IT Planning and Mini Grant
program. The revised workbook incorporates suggestions from
participants, including the inclusion of a technology glossary and
sample technology plans.
The workbook includes:
- a guide to IT planning;
- benchmark data;
- an e-readiness quiz;
- a detailed community technology
- planning worksheets; and
- sample plans.
Downloading and Printing the
The entire workbook may be downloaded
in PDF. Sections are
also available individually.
Building Information Age
Communities: Community IT Planning Workbook (136 pages
formatted for double-sided printing) in PDF .
Suggested Planning Process: A Guide for the Chair or Facilitator
Five Technology Trends for Communities
Is Your Community an Information Age Community? (A quiz for
initiating community discussions)
Community E-Readiness Assessment
Section I: Community Leadership and Support (Also available
Section II: Economic Development and
E-Commerce (Also available in Word)
Section III: Telecommunications Infrastructure (Also
available in Word)
Section IV: Technology
Literacy and Access (Also available in Word)
Section V: Advanced Technology
Training (Also available in Word)
Section VI: Community Services and Information
Section VII: Social
Capital (Optional) (Also available in Word)
Section VIII: Quality of Life
(Optional) (Also available in Word)
Assessment Summary Worksheet (Also available
Supplemental Assessment Activities
Planning Worksheet (Also
available in Word)
Building Community Support
Planning Worksheet (Also available in Word)
Technology Plan Planning Worksheet
(Also available in Word)
Implementation Planning Worksheet
(Also available in Word)
Sample Plan--Our Community, Nebraska
KBR TechKnowledge Coalition 2003 Information
Technology Assessment and Plan
Additional Resources and
Planning and Mini Grant Program
Surveys, reports, and information on the activities of community and
regional technology committees participating in the program are
Information Technology Toolkit
The toolkit contains resources, success stories, and frequently asked
questions related to information technology development.
Technologies Across Nebraska Site includes information on the
Technologies Across Nebraska partnership, a calendar of events,
information on workshops and classes, and a listing of resources.
Community Technology Plans
Butte County, Nebraska
The Box Butte County Information Technology Committee developed this
plan as a participant in Technology Across Nebraska's IT Planning and
Mini Grant program. The plan identifies education, promoting
e-commerce, and infrastructure development as priority
Edgar's information technology task force identified technology
infrastructure, technology literacy and access, economic development
and e-commerce, and a revitalized community Web site as
priorities. Edgar developed its plan as a participant in
the IT Planning and Mini Grant program.
The Fillmore County Development Corporation Information Technology
Committee, another participant in the IT Planning and Mini Grant
program, identified six priorities including establishing a technology
task force, encouraging businesses to use e-commerce, increasing
educational opportunities, encouraging the development of e-government
services, encouraging broadband deployment, and encouraging
Point Workforce Development Area, Nebraska
Telecommunications Infrastructure, economic development and
e-commerce, and local government and community services were the three
areas addressed in this plan for the West Point Area.
York is focusing on local government services, e-commerce and economic
development, technology literacy and access, and community leadership.
Maskell, with a population of 67, is the smallest participant in
the IT Planning and Mini Grant program. Maskell's goals
include learning more about information technology; researching IT
solutions, services, and alternatives; researching the number of
households with computers and Internet service; and supporting the
school's use of technology.
Another participant in the IT Planning and Mini Grant program, Dakota
City's information technology goals include continuing to learn more
about information technology; researching IT solutions, services, and
alternatives; assisting the library in acquiring more computers and
access to state resources; and researching how many households in
Dakota City have computers and Internet service.
Nebraska is recognized as a leader in technology-related development.
Local officials credit much of their success to the development
of a technology plan.
Blacksburg, Virginia is the most wired community in the United States.
Lincoln, Nebraska hired HDR to conduct a technology assessment and to
develop a technology plan.
Design Nine is a consulting firm operated by Andrew Michael Cohill,
who directed the Blacksburg Electronic Village.
The library section contains a number of fascinating articles
on building telecommunications infrastructure in communities and
promoting the effective use of technology.
CSPP’s Readiness Guide is the most widely used e-readiness
assessment. It was
developed for metropolitan areas and can be a bit daunting for very
the Road to a Gigabit Broadband: Are we there yet?
A Self-Assessment Guide for Communities was adapted from the CSPP
Readiness Guide and is an excellent assessment tool especially for
communities with populations over
The Connected Communities Web site contains some great resources
including case studies and project ideas.
The annual conference is a great way to learn more about how other
communities and states are using technology. The
news aggregator is a good way to keep up on technology
Lone Eagle Consulting
Frank Odasz is an online learning and community networking
pioneer. He founded the Big Sky Telegraph network, 1988-1998,
one of the first online systems to offer online courses. His
site offers a number of wonderful and intriguing resources for rural
Rural Broadband Promotion Project
Eight Minnesota communities participated in the project to encourage
the use of broadband. The project was conducted by Minnesota
Rural Partners and Community Technology Advisors with support from the
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