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16E.13 Community technology resource development.

Subdivision 1. Creation and purpose. The information and telecommunications technology (IT) community resource development initiative is created under the oversight jurisdiction of the office of technology to build the capacity of citizens, businesses, communities, and regions of the state to fully realize the benefits of IT for sustainable community and economic development and to help facilitate the transition into the market-based, competitive IT environment.

Subd. 2. Duties generally. Through this initiative, the office shall:

(1) collect, organize, and distribute information regarding the benefits, applications, and effective uses of IT;

(2) promote community-based telecommunications planning and development and the use of community-oriented electronic communications and information applications in health care, education, and commerce;

(3) award grants for community-based development seed funds to encourage public-private partnerships that foster effective IT use and IT integration activities in the community; and

(4) facilitate the aggregation of demand for IT on a comprehensive private, nonprofit, and public sector shared basis in communities.

Subd. 3. Assistance and funding; general principles. Community technical assistance and development seed funding for aggregation of demand and community IT planning provided through the IT community resource development initiative is contingent upon the following general principles:

(1) that communities and regions show evidence of, or intent to do, cooperative funding and planning between sectors including, but not limited to, private sector providers, public sector technology investments such as MNet, library systems, health care providers, businesses, schools and other educational institutions, and the nonprofit sector; and

(2) that communities and regions agree to form local and regional IT coordination committees or modify similar, existing committees to be more inclusive of other sectors and undertake comprehensive planning across those sectors to leverage public and private IT investment to the maximum benefit of all citizens.

HIST: 1997 c 202 art 3 s 17