16E.12 Internet center.
Subdivision 1. Creation. The office shall create the Internet center, centrally located within the state, to collaborate with the North Star online information service, public and private partners, and with existing or emerging technology and community development efforts.
Subd. 2. Community assistance. The center shall assist communities and regions in comprehensive information and telecommunications technology (IT) community planning, demand aggregation, design, and implementation. It shall maintain an interactive database of community and business-related IT experience, showcase successful models of community and business IT integration, coordinate statewide IT community development technical assistance, and act as a clearinghouse for applications and education in the uses of IT.
Subd. 3. Teleterns; resource teams. A "teletern" is a student enrolled in a higher education program who has information and telecommunications technology skills. The center shall coordinate the training and placement of teleterns who have IT experience and community development process skills, regional IT community development coordinators, and community IT resource teams to work in partnership with communities as they plan for and implement comprehensive IT resource development efforts. This includes the aggregation of demand for IT to help facilitate the transition into a market-based, competitive IT environment and the use of IT tools to enhance access to community services, improve the business climate, and strengthen community ties.
Subd. 4. Community-based development partners. The center and its community-based development functions shall coordinate or partner, when possible, with Minnesota learning community initiatives, particularly for community-based technology learning centers; Minnesota library technology investments; trade point Minnesota, the University of Minnesota secure electronic authentication link (SEAL) laboratory and electronic trading centers; the Small Business Administration business information center; Minnesota technology centers; the Minnesota extension service Access Minnesota sites; and the state's telecommunications collaboration project, among others.
HIST: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 16
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