Local leaders will start designing projects to increase awareness of broadband technology and, they hope, speed up adoption among those with access, after their regular meeting with ConnectKentucky yesterday morning.The first project deals with the education sector, where broadband adoption has been the strongest. Extension Agent Frank Hicks and Linda Morefield, the coordinator of instructional research for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, are on this team. Their goals will include helping local residents understand technology through training and classes that they create or identify.
The second project works with small businesses and organizations throughout the county to create and regularly update Web sites, as well as finding engaging applications for them. One big step, which is under construction, according to County Judge-Executive John Myers, is to create a county government Web site that will serve as a community portal. The portal would have links to other services and organizations, such as tourism and the Chamber of Commerce. This project team includes several business leaders, including Amy Scarborough, director of regulatory and external affairs for BellSouth, Harvey Frye, the owner of Central Kentucky Computer Solutions, and Shannon Denniston of KyWiFi, LLC.