Community organizations partner to bring affordable, reliable high-speed internet to regional residents

Sep 12, 2022
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Contacts: Marlene Nagel, Director of Community Development, mnagel@marc.org, 816-701-8218
Catherine Couch, Public Affairs Coordinator, ccouch@marc.org, 816-701-8389

Community workshops scheduled for September and October  

Do all households and neighborhoods in communities across the region have access to high-quality and affordable broadband internet? KC Rising, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and other community organizations are joining forces to ensure high-speed internet is available to all. As part of the Kansas City Regional Digital Equity Action Strategy, the partnering organizations are holding a series of digital equity workshops throughout the nine-county region. See schedule below. Residents are also encouraged to share their opinions online through Oct. 31, 2022, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCBroadband or at this toll-free number 1-800-274-1047.

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Digital Equity Workshop Schedule
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Schedule of digital equity workshops in MARC region
Miami County Mon., Sept. 19, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. Fox Hall, 201 S. Broadway St, Louisburg, KS 66053
Cass County Tues., Sept. 20, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. Harrisonville Community Center (Cass and Harrison Rooms) 2400 Jefferson Pkwy., Harrisonville, MO 64701
Clay, Platte and Ray Counties Wed., Sept. 21, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. Firehouse Community Center Firehouse (Party Room) 106 South Jefferson St., Kearney, MO 64060
Wyandotte County Thurs., Sept. 22, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. West Wyandotte Library (Auditorium), 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, KS 66112
Leavenworth County Tues., Sept. 27, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. Lansing City Hall (Room #2), 800 First Terrace, Lansing, KS 66043
Jackson County-Kansas City, Missouri Wed., Sept. 28, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. Greg/Klice Community Center (Large Meeting Room), 1600 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108
Eastern Jackson County Mon., Oct. 3, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. Truman High School (Cafeteria), 3301 S. Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055
Johnson County, Kansas Thurs., Oct. 6, 2022 5:30-7 p.m. Johnson County Central Resource Library (Carmack Community Room), 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212

During each workshop, participants will be able to review detailed information about the availability of broadband internet in their community. They will also brainstorm and identify potential broadband projects to improve access across the region. Representatives from MARC and other community partners will be present to discuss ideas and concerns, and answer questions. The comments gathered will inform short- and long-term investments in broadband and digital equity. 

The planning effort for the Kansas City Regional Digital Equity Action Strategy began during summer 2022. It involves analyzing broadband infrastructure to identify unserved and underserved areas within the nine-county region consisting of Jackson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. The strategy will identify possible infrastructure projects for application to state and federal funding programs and assist communities in coordinating on possible grant applications. 

In addition, the action strategy will focus on specific projects to support broadband adoption and meaningful use by area households and small disadvantaged businesses with recommendations for improving connectivity, increasing access to devices and offering training opportunities. This digital equity work will involve local and state investments to support broadband adoption throughout the metro area. 


For more information about the Kansas City Regional Digital Equity Action Strategy, visit www.marc.org/economy/broadband-and-digital-equity.