Eureka County now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled earlier this month as part of Eureka County’s participation in the Connected Community Engagement Program through the Connect Nevada initiative. Fourteen Nevada communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program.

The occasion was marked with a public event at the Eureka Opera House where Eureka County officials were presented with a detailed action plan for the future.

“High-speed Internet access is extremely important, especially if we are going to progress and create jobs and have continued opportunities for the citizens of our community,” said Eureka Community Champion Mike Rebaleati. “We are extremely excited about the Connected effort and the collaboration it has engendered among the different agencies throughout the region.”

Participation in the Connected program means Eureka County has gone through an extensive assessment of its overall broadband and technology innovation. The Technology Action Plan sets general community-wide broadband connectivity requirements to be worked toward that will support economic development and residential quality of life. Some of Eureka County’s top goals from the new plan are developing computer literacy and social networking classes for senior centers, connecting all local school classrooms to the Internet, doing a county-wide bandwidth upgrade, and improving online business services offered by the local government. The new plan gives the community step-by-step action items to make sure that goal is met. The plan will also support growing digital literacy through future broadband expansion and programs that will ensure the community maintains widespread Internet access, adoption, and use.

“This Connected Technology Action Plan is a big key to success for both the present and the future of Eureka County,” said Connect Nevada State Program Manager Lindsey Niedzielski. “Eureka County is paving the way with this Technology Action Plan for a bright and prosperous future. The new plan means this community is serious about making sure it’s ready to benefit from all the economic and lifestyle opportunities that the digital age provides. It’s all part of Nevada’s solid plans for future growth.”

The Connected program is part of the Connect Nevada initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA State Broadband Initiative (SBI) program.

Connect Nevada is working to facilitate the access, adoption, and use of technology throughout the state to create a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, more efficient government, enhanced education, and improved quality of life. Residents are encouraged to get involved by joining their local Connected technology team and using the free Every Community Online program offered by Connect Nevada to get training in computer and Internet skills which makes them eligible for discounted computers and home Internet service.