WTIP’s i2i project uses video to document our community and way of life. i2i is administered by Patrick Knight and is made possible through the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities initiative, a Blandin Foundation-administered project funded in large part through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. The work of the coalition focuses on bringing the full promise of broadband technologies to rural Minnesota communities, businesses and people. More about MIRC is available at www.blandinfoundation.org
Grand Marais Organizations in the MIRC Partnership
Boreal Access – Community Media Services
Project Description: Community Media Services will put the necessary tools in place to produce, upload, and serve local media content, including video production, editing, and storage
Cook County Higher Education – Training for Broadband
Project Description: Cook County Higher Education will create and equip a lab facility that can be used to host events that tout the benefits of broadband and educate the community about how to use its tools. Digital inclusion issues will be addressed along with the training needs for future knowledge workers.
Cook County Historical Society – Online History Museum Catalog with Multi-media links
Project Description: The Cook County Historical Society will acquire the equipment, software and general labor necessary to convert their collection database to be accessible through a searchable catalog on their website
Cook County Visitor’s Bureau – Mobile Devices – Website Compatibility Conversion
Project Description: To increase visitor traffic and overall usability, the Cook County Visitors Bureau will make their tourism-related sites mobile compatible.
Grand Marais Public Library – Try Broadband at The Library
Project Description: The Grand Marais Public Library will increase public access to broadband by adding eight mobile devices to their available equipment.
ISD 166 – IP Video Streaming
Project Description: ISD #166 will acquire the equipment to stream live video of events in one gymnasium.
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic – Health Reaching Out
Project Description: Sawtooth Mountain Clinic will use patient scheduling and initial consultation processes as a starting point to use online web forms to gather patient information. They will also explore how they can leverage social media through a project that will use several online videos to deliver important, educational healthcare messages.