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Blog // Connected Tennessee

Lipscomb University and Centerstone Present Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age

By CTN Staff

How do we harness technology to become better citizens and better leaders? Beginning March 31st, Lipscomb University and Centerstone present “Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age.”  This four-part series will explore how technology has affected leadership, community, and citizenship and will be moderated by former Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Deborah Taylor Tate.  The kick-off discussion will feature current FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell.  All events are free and open to the public.   “Technology has changed the way we interact with government and each other, so it has changed the way we...

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Delivers Jobs to Your Front Door

By CTN Staff

You’ve heard of Books on Wheels, Meals on Wheels…but JOBS on wheels? Thanks to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, that is now a reality. In April, the Dept. of Labor will roll out their Career Coaches - mobile centers with services similar to what you might find in a Tennessee CareerCenter. These vehicles will arrive on the scene to provide a mobile computer lab with Internet access; create a venue for workshops including résumé assistance and interviewing skills; and serve as a recruitment center for companies moving into Tennessee. If the Career Coach is in your neighborhood, great things are...

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Technology Provides Crucial Touchstone to Victims of the Japan Earthquake

By CTN Staff

From the moment the massive 9.0 earthquake hit northeast Japan on March 11, the heartbreaking story played out in real time via Twitter and Facebook, with citizens around the world flocking to their computers for minute-by-minute updates. Within an hour, with aftershocks still rocking Tokyo, Google had launched its Japan Person Finder to help people get information about their loved ones in Japan. And within 36 hours, its pages had been viewed 30 million times. Usage remains steady almost a week later, according to Google, and shows no sign of slowing. The site allows anyone to upload information on individuals affected by the disaster...

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USDA rural broadband loan program updated

By CTN Staff

The USDA today released new information for applicants for its broadband loan program for rural areas. The program is designed to provide loans for the costs of construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband service to eligible rural communities.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA has issued a Notice of Solicitations of Applications and regulations implementing the 2008 Farm Bill for the broadband loan program. “Broadband investments are an essential part of the Obama Administration’s effort to ‘win the future’ by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building...

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