Where was Pan Lehmann this week? She was in Kansas City talking about the Computer Commuter – after a personal invitation from the folks at Google Fiber. It turns out that the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund debuted with an event that featured six digital inclusion projects across the US and the Computer Commuter was one of them.
Here’s a little bit more about the event from the Kansas City Star…
Enter the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund, a new idea to help bridge that digital divide, a chasm that will widen as more of the metro area embraces Google Fiber and other super-fast Internet connections.
Launched Wednesday, the fund — started with $1 million in corporate and foundation gifts —will allow area nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to teach residents how to use digital devices or provide Internet access through computer labs or classes.
And their take on the Computer Commuter…
Planners shared sample grant projects from around the country.
In the rural Minnesota county of Lac qui Parle, a mobile computer lab travels to six communities each week to provide hands-on training and Internet access to residents. Pam Lehmann, executive director of the county’s economic development authority, said it cost about $30,000 to buy and retrofit a used hotel shuttle bus and about $60,000 a year to operate the service.
Check out Pam’s presentation: