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How a Vermont social network became a model for online communities
VCRD helped bring Front Porch Forum to every town in Vermont through our eVermont Community Broadband and Vermont Digital Economy projects. This article expands on the history of this unique social network designed to build bonds between neighbors... more
Tech help for job hunters renewed
As seen in the Times Argus: MONTPELIER — Job seekers who are computer-challenged have a new technology tool at their fingertips. Beginning in March, six libraries across Vermont... more
Vermont's New Front Porch
By Helen Labun Jordan, published in the Daily Yonder For over a decade, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) has rallied rural communities to identify and act on key local concerns. These concerns almost invariably include community... more
Mount Abe opens computer labs to community
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has launched an impressive array of educational programs in the past few weeks. With support from an e-Vermont grant, which supports computer literacy in communities across the state, as well as a grant... more
eVermont Leaves Legacy of Help, Tools
By Wayne Hanson All good things must end, the saying goes, and eVermont, a stimulus-funded program of the Vermont Council on Rural Development -- designed to increase broadband adoption in rural Vermont -- recently completed its two-year run.... more
Website Design Contest Winner Announced: Innovative Contest Provides New Tools for Digital Literacy
MONTPELIER, VT - A winner has been chosen in the Beginner Friendly Website Design contest organized by the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. Lars Hasselblad Torres, a freelance web designer who recently launched the Local 64 co-working space in... more
Jordan Commentary: Closing the digital divide in Vermont
Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Helen Labun Jordan, project director of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project at the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Find their work online at The good news is that a little more than a year... more
Press Release: New Resources Available for Community Broadband Use
(MONTPELIER, VT) – The Vermont Council on Rural Development is sharing toolkits and lessons learned from the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. These resources will help rural communities in Vermont and throughout the United States make better... more
e-Vermont broadband effort benefited towns
Putting broadband to work for Vermont was the directive of e-Vermont, an initiative seeking to expand access to and make better use of high speed Internet throughout all parts of the state. Locally, the program resulted in netbooks for students,... more
Helen Labun Jordan Commentary ~ Is the Internet relevant?
Is the Internet relevant? The quick answer to that question is yes, very relevant, to all of us. For many Vermonters the answer is that the Internet isn’t just relevant, it’s vital. But not everyone shares that perspective. The National... more
Little City downtown gets wifi
VERGENNES — Free wifi now blankets downtown Vergennes, courtesy of the eVermont grant the city won in 2010. The Bixby Free Memorial Library served as the lead applicant for that grant, with support from the Vergennes partnership. Wifi service... more
Vermont's digital future envisoned at conference
In his opening remarks at the recent Vermont’s Digital Future Conference, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Internet service at his Putney home is behind that of Vietnam, Cambodia and Croatia. “It’s behind most of the undeveloped world, and most of the 49... more
Video ~ Technology to connect Vermonters
Technology is so important to economic and educational vitality no matter where you live. Charlie Baker, executive director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, hosts panelists Paul Costello, executive director for the Vermont... more
Video ~ Vermont's Digital Future Conference Introduction and Keynote
This video captures the remarks and introduction from Mark Snelling, Snelling Center for Government, Governor Peter Shumlin, Helen Labun Jordan, e-Vermont Director, Laura Breeden, Program Director for Public Computing and Broadband... more
“Technology Meets Community” PSA
This 30 second Public Service Announcement was produced for e-Vermont by a team at the South Burlington school system. Thanks to students Riya Patel and Neel Desai and Jay Hoffman, Technology teacher at the Tuttle Middle School for coming up with... more
Video ~ Digital Tools for Vt Small Businesses through the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project
ACROSS THE FENCE: Patrick Ripley of the Vermont Small Business Development Center helps businesses make use of Internet tools through the e-Vermont program. He talks with Judy Simpson on WCAX's "Across the Fence" which was broadcast on 3/26/12.... more
Video ~ Finding Reliable Information in the Digital Age
ACROSS THE FENCE: Larraby Fellows of Vermont State Colleges talks with Judy Simpson on WCAX's "Across the Fence" which was broadcast on 4/4/12. She discusses and demonstrates how to find reliable information online. Click here to watch the interview... more
Video: WCAX interview about e-Vermont and the upcoming conference on May 8th
Joanna Cummings of the Snelling Center for Government talks about the e-Vermont project and the Digital Futures Conference on May 8th.
Middlebury to offer free wi-fi
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - The town of Middlebury will soon offer free wireless internet. Money in the town budget along with funding from the Vermont Council on Rural Development, has allowed the local library, which already offers free Wi-Fi to... more
Vermont's Digital Development Starts on the Front Porch
...e-Vermont, a consortium of seven different organizations, has come together to improve the economic outlook of rural Vermont through technology, while at the same time preserving what’s most attractive about a region better known for its maple... more
Bixby Library looks to its second century
VERGENNES - ...The e-Vermont grant will help with the technological challenges as the Bixby looks past its birthday — the Bixby served as the lead applicant for the grant. The city and the Vergennes Partnership, the nonprofit that oversees the... more
e-Vermont on Across the Fence in October 2011
October 2011 - Watch 4 episodes with e-Vermont Partners on Across the Fence by clicking the titles below. The episodes include: 10/20/11 — Facilitating Community Dialogue through Front Porch Forum. Michael Wood-Lewis, co-founder of Front Porch... more
County classrooms embrace new technologies
ADDISON COUNTY — In Dawn Berno’s fourth-grade class at Addison Central School, students are learning key skills for the Internet age, ranging from principles of digital citizenship to managing a personal password, with the help of their own netbook... more
Audio ~ Helen Labun Jordan on national radio
Helen Labun Jordan, Project Director for the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, was Craig Settles guest on his Gigabit Nation radio show that aired 9/12/11. Click here for more about the show. Listen to internet radio with cjspeaks on Blog... more
Digital Wish on WVTK Radio
Heather Chirtea and Eric Bird of Digital Wish talk about their work with Addison Central School and other Vermont schools and the e-Vermont program. Click here to listen to the audio.
Costello Commentary: Vermont’s Digital Heroes
By Paul Costello The power of broadband is not in the pipe—infrastructure is but a necessary precondition—it is in the creativity of those who use it. The broadband dialogue in Vermont has been all about deficit—and rightly so. But with our focus... more
e-Vermont Brings Computer Training To Towns
Joanna Cummings of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project talks with VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about the the project and how it is helping bring computer access and training to Vermont towns. Listen to the interview. In Vermont the uphill climb to... more
State leaders hope to build "digital culture"
RANDOLPH CENTER – From Brattleboro to Newport, Vermonters came to Randolph Center Saturday to talk about how — and why — they wired up their towns with broadband. At a daylong conference called “Citizen Leadership in a Connected Age,” townspeople,... more
Opening Presentations - Citizen Leadership in a Connected Age
Matt Dunne presented at the Citizen Leadership in a Connected Age Conference, held May 21 2011 at the Vermont Technical College. The conference focused on how Internet use is expanding at the community level across Vermont to improve economic and... more
The Winning Vermont's Broadband Access Strategy
Rural America Radio is a project of the Rural Mobile & Broadband Alliance ( Listen in as Helen Labun Jordan, the eVermont Project Director, shares with radio listeners across the country about how communities across Vermont are... more
Grant gives local libraries electronic gear
POWNAL -- Two local libraries received thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment Tuesday from the e-Vermont grant program. The Solomon Wright Public Library in Pownal and the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington had the equipment... more
e-Vermont Public Service Announcement to Air on Local Channels
This 30 second e-Vermont Public Service Announcement was produced for us by a team at the South Burlington school system. Thanks to students Riya Patel and Neel Desai and Jay Hoffman, Technology teacher at the Tuttle Middle School for coming up... more
Dover School to get new computers
DOVER -- After being selected to participate in a statewide effort to increase the use of technology and online capabilities, students at Dover Elementary will be issued new computers. As part of the e-Vermont Grant, awarded to Dover by the Vermont... more
e-Vermont efforts work out well for four county towns
...Fourth and fifth graders at the Fisher Elementary School received 53 notebook computers, along with personnel to train both students and teachers in their usage. Woodrow said it was more than just giving a student a laptop and letting them have... more
Grant could get Vt. towns connected
Poultney Elementary School students recite the history of the town while scanning the internet. At Poultney projectors outshine chalkboards and netbooks may soon replace textbooks. Watch the WCAX news story on this e-Vermont town: http://www.wcax.... more
Round One Netbooks Are in the Classrooms
Digital Wish has completed the netbook classroom deployment for all of our Round One schools. Watch this Vodcast narrated by Eric Bird, lead trainer and peer coach with Digital Wish, with footage from selected classroom deployments. Congratulations... more
Stimulus funds help wire homes for Internet
Up in rural northern Vermont, it took until the 1960s to run power lines to some towns — decades after the rest of America got turned on..."Rural areas all across the country are wrestling with this, somewhat desperately," said Paul Costello,... more
Calling all surfers: e-Vermont selects Dover as an e-town
DOVER—Dover continues its propulsion into the digital age with its participation in the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. According to VCRD e-Vermont Community Director Philip Petty, e-Vermont is a two-year federally funded initiative to help... more
Moretown awarded e-Vermont grant
The town of Moretown was recently awarded an e-Vermont grant that will result in a new website for the town, among other technological upgrades. Moretown is among 12 rural communities to receive the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project grant.Town... more
Cracking the netbooks: Arlington, Pownal students newly equipped
The holidays are over, but you wouldn’t know it sitting in the Fisher Elementary fourth and fifth grade classrooms Monday. As part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, the students received new netbook computers and printers to use for the... more
Vermont's new Internet initiatives hope to boost rural communities
Announced recently, the state of Vermont, located in the Northeast corner of the United States, is best known for its snowy mountains, delicious ice cream and Phish-loving hippies. The state is making notable headway to improve its economy by... more
e-Vermont Gets IT Umph to 12 More Small Towns
The E-Vermont Community Broadband Project was the only applicant East of the Mississippi to be awarded federal stimulus money for rural broadband. This week the project announced both advances of 2010 and the names of 12 rural communities chosen for... more
Dover to participate in broadband project
On Tuesday, the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project selected 12 communities to participate in a rural broadband initiative. The town of Dover was among them. E-Vermont is a national broadband adoption initiative focused on rural needs. The... more
e-Vermont Selects 2011 Communities
MONTPELIER, VT – The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project will bring digital tools and in-depth internet training to 12 additional rural communities in 2011. The twelve, announced today, will benefit from the expertise and resources of e-Vermont’s... more
A netbook for every student
BRISTOL — For the students in Hannah Estey and Rebecca Zavadil’s fifth-grade classes, Christmas came a bit early this year. On Thursday, the Bristol Elementary School fifth-graders all received new Dell netbooks to use at school and at home through... more
Mouseclicks 101 at Mark Skinner Library
...Across the state, as high speed Internet access becomes more widespread and is steadily integrated into daily life, classes for seniors or those the computer revolution passed by are becoming more prevalent and popular, said Helen Labun Jordan,... more
e-VT reaches out to Vt. communities
Part of Vermont’s charm lies in a simple image of its landscape: quaint New England villages nestled in rolling hills dotted with red barns and cows. While this scene may dominate postcards, there is more behind these picturesque illustrations. Real... more
Jordan Commentary: Bridging the digital divide
Bringing high speed Internet access to all of Vermont is an oft-repeated and excellent goal for the state. There are countless ways that the Internet can, and does, improve the lives of Vermonters. Businesses have a tool for connecting with... more
e-Vermont’s own FPF featured in U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report focuses on giving back in its Nov. 2010 issue, including an article examining Front Porch Forum! Thousands of Vermonters have been doing great things through FPF since 2006… kudos to all! Read more...
Vermont Towns Vie for Next Round of EVermont Broadband Assistance
Earlier this year, the federal government announced that Vermont would receive the nation’s largest per-capita share of federal stimulus money — more than $170 million — to expand high-speed Internet access to every community in the state. It was... more
Netbooks expected in Pownal
POWNAL - Technology was the topic of much of the conversation at a recent Pownal school board meeting, at which an update on new student netbooks was given, as well as information about an afterschool computer club... ...Pownal is one of 12... more
Audio ~ e-Vermont on the Mark Johnson Show, Part 2
Helen Labun Jordan, e-Vermont Program Director and Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish Director continue their conversation with Mark Johnson about the e-Vermont program and the launch of the second round application process. Listen to the audio recording.
Audio ~ e-Vermont on the Mark Johnson Show, Part 1
Helen Labun Jordan, e-Vermont Program Director and Heather Chirtea, Digital Wish Director talk with Mark Johnson about the e-Vermont program and the launch of the second round application process. Listen to the audio recording.
Press Release: e-Vermont Offers Digital Tools for Rural Towns
MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont towns can get free help in learning how to take full advantage of the Internet to create jobs, drive school innovation, provide social services, and increase civic involvement. Twelve communities are already seeing benefits... more
If you build it, will they come?
ARLINGTON - Even if it weren't an election year, the chances are excellent that residents of Vermont would be hearing a lot about broadband. ...That part of the broadband equation - getting people online and tapping into the potential applications... more
Audio ~ Front Porch Forum on Equal Time Radio
Michael Wood Lewis, founder of Front Porch Forum, explains how the simple web- or email-based social networking tool brings neighbors together, helps them organize, and saves them money or even finds them jobs. It's available for free to the 12... more
Pownal selected for e-Vermont project
POWNAL, Vt. -- Pownal is one of 12 communities statewide chosen to be a part of the e-Vermont Project, which is funded by money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act through the Vermont Council on Rural Development, James Boutin, chairman... more
Pownal, Sunderland selected in e-Project
One of the first things the community will see from participation in the e-Vermont Project will be 50 Dell Netbooks assigned to the third and fourth graders at Pownal Elementary School. Pownal and Sunderland are two of 12 communities statewide... more
Middlesex selected as e-Vermont community
Middlesex has been selected as one of a dozen communities to pilot the new e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. Read more...
e-Cambridge hoping for broadband
Despite its name, the pilot program will not be bringing broadband to those areas of Cambridge which do not have high speed internet access. Rather, the goal is to create sufficient interest in broadband to convince one of the area's providers to... more
Poultney, West Rutland in pilot computer program
Poultney and West Rutland will get new computers and other services as part of a pilot program run by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. The Council announced earlier this month that the towns were two of the 12 chosen to participate in the... more
Area towns to get digital boost
ARLINGTON/SUNDERLAND - The towns of Arlington and Sunderland have received grants from e-Vermont - a part of the Vermont Council on Rural Development - that will provide greater technical resources to the communities. The grants will be responsible... more
Cambridge an e-Community
As a culmination of a process which started more than a year ago, last week, the town of Cambridge was notified they will be one of 12 communities around the state accepted into a program designed to improve their online presence and capabilities.... more
Grand Isle awarded e-Vermont grant
NORTH HERO — Residents of the Champlain Is lands, traditionally isolated from the mainland, this month opted for e-connectivity upgrades. Grand Isle County is one of 12 relatively isolated areas that received grants to improve Internet... more
e-Vermont grant to expand Internet in Bristol
BRISTOL — Bristol is one of 12 towns in line to receive a slice of $3.8 million to strengthen Internet access in Vermont, and community leaders are hopeful the landfall “e-Vermont” grant could boost civic engagement and e-commerce while providing... more
12 communities selected to pilot e-Vermont project
A dozen rural communities across the state will receive digital tools and in-depth training as the initial participants in the new e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. The twelve will benefit from the expertise and resources of e-Vermont’s... more
Digital divide targeted in e-Vermont project
Unlike Google’s lottery-like “Fiber to the Communities” project, the e-Vermont initiative doesn’t promise super-high-speed Internet to every home. But e-Vermont will deliver: This summer, 12 rural communities will receive financial and technical... more
Secretary Locke announces recovery act investments to expand broadband internet access and spur economic growth
WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced 10 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare across the... more
$2.5 million Stimulus Grant Launches e-Vermont: the Community Broadband Project
MONTPELIER, VT – A $2.5 million federal Stimulus Grant from the federal Agency of Commerce, announced today, completes the funding to launch the $3.8 million e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. This major campaign to stimulate broadband use in 24... more
State turns to stimulus money for Internet upgrade
Vermont's efforts to attract and retain businesses reliant on instantaneous communication weren't helped by a recent report indicating that average Internet download speeds in the state are among the pokiest in the country. The latest edition of... more
Funding may slow Internet expansion
With the help of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - otherwise known as the Obama stimulus package - all Vermonters might soon have access to highspeed broadband. The state plans on applying for at least $50 million for broadband expansion... more
Bixby upgrades tech
VERGENNES — The eVermont grant that helped bring free wifi to downtown Vergennes has also benefited the Bixby Free Memorial Library inside its walls, too. The eVermont grant paid for several upgrades at the Bixby, including the purchase of laptops,... more