The Colorado Blueprint (a “bottoms-up” economic development initiative by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade or OEDIT identifies lack of or inadequate broadband as an economic development concern throughout Colorado. Regions and counties expressed the need for improved access to broadband as a foundation of economic development and innovation.
Local Technology Planning Teams are local and regional groups made up of community leaders, private citizens and business representatives who are focused on identifying broadband needs and developing unique solutions for their communities. Working independently and in conjunction with each other, these teams are both a source for the information used to develop this strategy and the end-point for its implementation. The Colorado Broadband Data and Development Program is an available resource for counties and Economic Development Districts in addressing broadband infrastructure issues and adoption and can facilitate a process for communities to form Local Technology Planning Teams. The CBDDP has developed a methodology for recruiting, operating and sustaining Local Technology Planning Teams based on lessons learned from the establishment of four pilot project teams.
The CBDDP has worked to establish many Local Technology Planning Teams throughout the state. For more information on the teams, please contact the team leaders listed below, or contact the CBDDP Communications Manager. Information about the teams is also available on the Colorado Broadband Map.