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Connect Illinois – Broadband Infrastructure Funding Webinar

By on Feb 13, 2020 in Connect Illinois |

Several key Adams employees participated in the Connect Illinois – Broadband Infrastructure Funding Webinar February 13, 2020.  The webinar was presented by Matt Schmit, Deputy Director for Broadband, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Office of Broadband. 

As Deputy Director for Broadband within the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, Schmit administers the state’s Office of Broadband and Connect Illinois grant program. Schmit previously served as a state legislator, leading on such issues as infrastructure and economic competitiveness. He is also an academic researcher, published author, and former university instructor and independent consultant.

In office, Matt lead the push for ubiquitous broadband access through creation of Minnesota’s Office of Broadband Development and related Border to Border Broadband grant program. Integration of 21st century infrastructure is a primary focus of his work and research. 

The Illinois Office of Broadband recently opened the application window for the first $50 million in funding. In collaboration with Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development, the office is hosting a series of webinars to help potential applicants, such as Adams, and other stakeholders understand the Connect Illinois program and the current funding round.